Community Member Profile: Dr. Paul Goodwin

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, CT

About Dr. Paul Goodwin

Paul Goodwin, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Connecticut, signed on as a volunteer at Mystic Seaport in 2010.  At UCONN he taught Latin American History, Modern European Civilization and a host of other courses (26 in all!).  He undertook research in Argentina and Great Britain for his studies of Anglo-Argentine relations and is the author of many articles, a few books and a Latin American textbook that survived for 15 editions.  Intrigued by the sea (his grandfather was a fishing captain out of Gloucester), he worked on the docks to accumulate enough money for college—so that he wouldn’t have to work on the docks for a living, although the experience was memorable as well as pungent.  At Mystic Seaport, he was promptly put to work in the Exhibits Department where he conducted research on tugboats, Greenmanville and sinister seas among other projects.  Later he moved to the Education Department and is happily ensconced at the Collections Research Center where he researches and writes artifact articles for the Mystic Seaport for Educators website.  (With his experience on the docks—especially the gurry room—he was uniquely qualified to research guano and ambergris, which is really transformed whale feces).

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