Community Member Profile: Fred Calabretta

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, CT

About Fred Calabretta

Fred Calabretta is Curator of Collections and Oral Historian at Mystic Seaport, and has worked extensively with audio-visual, object, photographic, library, and archival collections. He served as co-curator for Mystic Seaport’s signature exhibition, Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea and has curated exhibitions entitled the Stonington Fishing Fleet: Tradition and Transition, Frozen In: Captain George Comer and the Hudson Bay Inuit, and Rockets’ Red Glare: Connecticut and the War of 1812.

He has conducted hundreds of audio and video oral history interviews and directed a number of oral history projects. He is past-president of the New England Association of Oral History and past-chair of the Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists. Fred has presented oral history workshops and training for a wide range of organizations in more than 20 states.

His publications include Guide to the Oral History Collections at Mystic Seaport Museum and Fishing out of Stonington, as well as numerous articles for publications such as Sea History and Connecticut Explored magazines.

Fred’s subject interests include Arctic whaling and exploration, the inland waterways and rivers of the American West, and the sea and popular culture, including music, movies, and advertising. He enjoys taking road trips (and occasional flights) and has visited many museums and historic sites in 47 states.  While his natural curatorial instincts initially made him a bit cautious about sharing physical access to Mystic Seaport’s collections, Fred has become very supportive of having teachers and students work closely with these maritime treasures.

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