Great Ocean Liners

Planting Fields Foundation opens its new exhibition, Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940 on Saturday April 2nd at Coe Hall. The exhibition will run through October 2nd and is open every day from 11:30 am to 3:30pm.

 

 

William R. Coe made his career in the marine insurance business. He was Chairman of the Board of one of the largest insurance brokerage firms in the world, Johnson and Higgins. The firm brokered the hull insurance on the Titanic which sank in 1912 - the claim was settled in only thirty days. The exhibition examines the history of the White Star Line, owners of the Titanic and of Cunard, who owned the ill-fated Lusitania. Competition between the two lines for the highest speed and profits on their trans-Atlantic crossing is a focus of the show. As a teenager Mr. Coe immigrated to the U.S. in 1883, aboard the S.S. Rhodora, a cargo ship owned by his uncle George Robertson.  

In 1899, Mr. Coe travelled to London on Johnson and Higgins business on the City of New York. On board, he met Mai Rogers, daughter of Standard Oil partner and millionaire, H.H. Rogers. William and Mai's marriage the following year brought significant and influential business contacts to Mr. Coe's work at Johnson and Higgins.

 

In the exhibition three vessels from each line are prominently featured; for the White Star is the Titanic, the Olympic and the Britannic, and for the Cunard, the Aquitania, the Lusitania and the Mauretania. Posters, archival documents, ship models and memorabilia are included in the exhibition. The installation includes large-scale color photos of first class ocean liner public rooms to demonstrate the luxuriousness of first class quarters, and their design relationship with interiors at Coe Hall.

 

A hundred years ago ocean liners were triumphs of engineering that captured the world's imagination before the age of air and space travel.

 

Exhibition Hours: Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940
On view April 2nd – October 2nd, 2016
Open daily 11:30am – 3:30pm at Coe Hall, Planting Fields
$5 admission fee to Coe Hall / $8 parking fee/

 

 

Events & Public Programs

 

Opening Night & Preview Party
Great Ocean Liners: 1900-1940
Friday, April 1st, 2016 at Coe Hall, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

 

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition! Luxury liners were much more than a means of transportation. They were floating palaces; the ultimate icons of glamour, opulence, and romance. In the early 1900s passengers were transported across the oceans in a magnificence and style un-equalled to prior. Tickets: $20 Non-Members / Members Free, (includes wine and cheese) for more information call Michelle Benes 516-922-8682 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Broadway Night at Coe Hall, 7:00PM
Members $40 / Non-Members $50
Reservations are required – reserve your seats early as space is limited!

 

On the evening of Saturday, April 2nd, Coe Hall will come alive with the sounds of Broadway, as sung by some of the greatest starts from Broadway’s biggest shows. Performers will be accompanied by our 1913 Steinway grand piano played by pianist Jack Kohl, who has performed as Musical Director for over eleven years in the New York theater area, including countless concert appearances with Broadway actors. Enjoy a wonderful evening of live theater and celebrate our new exhibition, Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940! Join us after the show for a chance to meet the performers at a wine and cheese reception in the Dining Room of Coe Hall. Broadway credited performers include Rob Gallagher (Les Miserables, South Pacific), Marie Danvers (Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story), Carter Calvert, Richard Todd Adams, and Lisa Howard. FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
Children’s Program at Coe Hall, 12PM
Great Ocean Liners Exhibition Program
$5 admission fee for Coe Hall, members and children under 12 are free

 

Come and learn the core essentials of model ship building. Build your very own wooden model Titanic and take home to decorate. This is the perfect hands-on event for families, and to visit the new exhibition Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940! All supplies are provided. Parent supervision and reservations required, call Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, Sunday & April 17th, 2016
The Lap of Luxury
The Emergence of the Cruise Ship Industry: the Pioneers, Private Lives, Drama, Comedy, and the Grandeur of Today and of Days Gone By
2:00pm – 3:00pm at Coe Hall
$5 admission fee, members and children under 12 are free

 

Written and Directed by David Houston
A READING IN THE STYLE OF RADIO DRAMA
Actors Diana Heinlein and David Houston

 

The cruise-ship endeavor as glorified in books, plays, memoirs and movies. Diana and David perform “in the style of radio drama” a touching tale about missionaries returning to a new life in America; romance, music, and comedy from Broadway — including a beautiful scene from Noel Coward’s epic Cavalcade; and a ridiculously funny moment by Christopher Durang in which a ship’s captain attempts to conduct a wedding and a burial at sea simultaneously. Underneath there’s the lush symphonic music of Erich Korngold featuring music for The Sea Hawk. For more information call Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Great Ocean Liners Exhibition Program, 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Paint & Wine Night at Coe Hall (provided by Paint the Town)
$50 Non-Members / $40 Members

 

Join us for a fun and creative evening at Coe Hall to celebrate our new exhibition, Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940. Enjoy wine, light snacks and paint a nautical scene under the stars in the beautiful Cloister Garden at a historic Gold Coast mansion. All supplies are included. For reservations contact Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Children’s Program at Coe Hall, 12PM
Great Ocean Liners Exhibition Program
$5 admission fee for Coe Hall, members and children under 12 are free

 

Come and learn the core essentials of model ship building. Build your very own wooden model Titanic and take home to decorate. This is the perfect hands-on event for families, and to visit the new exhibition Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940! All supplies are provided. Parent supervision and reservations required, call Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
The Lap of Luxury
The Emergence of the Cruise Ship Industry: the Pioneers, Private Lives, Drama, Comedy, and the Grandeur of Today and of Days Gone By
2:00pm – 3:00pm at Coe Hall
$5 admission fee, members and children under 12 are free


Written and Directed by David Houston
A READING IN THE STYLE OF RADIO DRAMA
Actors Diana Heinlein and David Houston

 

The cruise-ship endeavor as glorified in books, plays, memoirs and movies. Diana and David perform “in the style of radio drama” a touching tale about missionaries returning to a new life in America; romance, music, and comedy from Broadway — including a beautiful scene from Noel Coward’s epic Cavalcade; and a ridiculously funny moment by Christopher Durang in which a ship’s captain attempts to conduct a wedding and a burial at sea simultaneously. Underneath there’s the lush symphonic music of Erich Korngold featuring music for The Sea Hawk. For more information call Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HOURS & INFORMATION

PARK HOURS:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

$8 per car until Nov, 18th

COE HALL HOURS:

Self-Guided Visits to Coe Hall

11:30 am - 3:30 pm  3/27 – 10/2 daily

October Weekends only

$5 Non-Members

Members & Children under 12 are free

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