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Bylaws of the Melville Society

Amended January 2018


I. Purpose of the Society

The Melville Society, founded in 1946, is a scholarly organization whose principal aims are to study, preserve, and disseminate scholarship about the life, works, and historical context of Herman Melville. The Society publishes a journal and occasional works, sponsors conferences, maintains an archive, supports educational and cultural activities, manages endowments, and enters into affiliations with organizations that share its aims. The Society is open to anyone who shares its aims. It is managed by an Executive Committee (elected by the membership) that follows the policies prescribed in these bylaws.

II. Officers of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) is the governing body of the Society and consists of seven elected officers. All officers have full voting rights and are expected to conduct day-to-day business at meetings (in person or electronically) as called by the Executive Secretary. Wherever possible, EC officers should seek institutional support for their activities in behalf of the Society, including teaching reductions, clerical support, office space, postage and copying expenses, travel expenses, and other necessities.

A. President

The President is an individual who has made significant contributions to Melville studies and serves as an honorary officer. The President appoints one member of the Society's Nominating Committee to a three-year term and serves the Society in other capacities as the EC suggests.

Term: one year; may serve more than once, but not in consecutive years.

B. Executive Secretary

The Executive Secretary is the Society’s chief executive officer and official spokesperson. Duties include:

1. Convening and chairing the Executive Committee.
2. Calling for and supervising all elections and tallying ballots.
3. Corresponding between the Society and all external groups.
4. Maintaining an archive of the Society's official business, including files of the retiring Executive Secretary and other important documents.
5. Coordinating activities among the Society's officers, committees, and its various constituencies, especially the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP).
6. Working with the Associate Secretary on programs and conferences.

Term: three years; may serve successive terms.

C. Associate Secretary for Programs and Conferences

The Associate Secretary has primary responsibility for scheduling the Society's annual programs at the conferences for the American Literature Association (ALA) and MLA and its biennial international conferences which are usually held in the summer in odd-numbered years at locations related to Melville's life and works, either in the United States or abroad. Duties include:

1. Communicating with MLA and ALA regarding rooms, times, and other practical details.
2. Communicating with the MLA and ALA program chairs to ensure timely planning and effective panels that meet the Society's aims.
3. Communicating with members who propose biennial conferences in accord with Society guidelines and bringing these proposals to the EC for discussion and action.
4. Maintaining and distributing Society policies and guidelines pertaining to conferences.
5. Handling other tasks as the Executive Secretary requests.

Term: three years; may serve successive terms.

D. Editor

The Editor is responsible for all publishing associated with the Society, primarily Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, but also any special publications, single or serialized. Duties include:

1. Managing editorial responsibilities professionally to insure a fair and effective peer review process, high quality content, excellence in journal or book design, accuracy in copyediting, and the timely submission of copy for printing and distribution.
2. Appointing, at his or her discretion, an Associate Editor to assist in general editing or special projects, and other individuals to perform specific editorial roles (special guest editor, book review editor, advisory committee, etc.). The Associate Editor serves on the EC ex officio as a non-voting member.
3. Employing, at his or her discretion, a Managing Editor or other assistants to help with manuscript submissions, correspondence, and filing. Such arrangements may be made with the Society and the editor's home institution.

Term: three years; may serve successive terms.

E. Treasurer

The Treasurer administers and supervises all financial accounts, and prepares an annual report on the Society's fiscal health that is published in the Society's journal. Other duties include:

Collecting all monies, exclusive of dues and subscriptions, that accrue to the Society, the journal, the MSCP, and any other Society entity, including the Murray and Cohen Endowments, depositing them in one or more accounts under the Society's name and tax identification number, and disbursing them as the EC, MSCP, or other budgeted entities of the Society direct.
Filing Federal income tax returns and such documents as are necessary to retain non-profit status; filing annual reports with the Society's state of incorporation (currently New Jersey) and such documents as are necessary with our registered agency in the state of incorporation.
Providing such documentation as is required by Hofstra University to maintain the Leviathan subvention for the duration of that relationship.
Maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial records for all Society funds, including the MSCP.
Submitting an annual budget for the Society, including the MSCP, that must be approved by the EC, as directed by the Executive Secretary. Significant variations from the budget must be approved by the EC.
Maintaining an archive of the Society's important financial records and transmitting them to future treasurers.
Consulting as necessary with the Murray Endowment Committee.

Term: three years; may serve successive terms.

F. Member At-Large

The executive committee member at-large shall be a member of the Melville Society who holds no other concurrent office or duties. The member At-Large is an equal member of the EC with voice and vote on all EC matters and shall attend meetings, correspond regularly with the EC, and perform such occasional duties as the Executive Secretary may direct.

Term: three years. (may repeat once)

G. Melville Society Cultural Project Representative

The MSCP Representative acts as a liaison between the MSCP committee (see below) and the Executive Committee. Duties include:

1. Attending meetings of both the MSCP committee and EC.
2. Advising the Treasurer on the annual MSCP budget.
3. Reporting the year's MSCP activities at the annual meetings of the Society and of the Executive Committee.

Term: Two years; may serve successive terms.

III. Standing Committees

A. Nominating Committee

The nominating committee consists of three persons selected from the membership at large who do not serve on any other committees. Every year the outgoing President appoints one member to serve one three-year term. The senior member chairs the committee and receives instructions from the Executive Secretary regarding vacancies, deadlines, and other procedures. The committee nominates one person for each vacancy and submits its slate to the Executive Secretary, who prepares a ballot that is submitted to Society members. Duties include:

1. Nominating one person for each vacant position on the Executive Committee and the Murray Endowment Board of Trustees;
2. Nominating chairs for the annual programs at MLA and ALA, who hold one-year terms and may serve no more than once every three years.

B. Murray Endowment Committee

The Murray Endowment began in 1987 with a $20,000.00 bequest from Henry A. Murray. It is a permanent endowment whose funds were originally designated in part to support new publications of the Society, improvements to the Society's journal, and a stipend to the Editor.
The Murray Endowment is managed by a committee of six consisting of the President, the Executive Secretary, and the Treasurer, and three independently elected trustees. Each trustee is nominated by the nominating committee and serves a staggered three-year term. This committee oversees all decisions about the use and investment of funds, with actual disbursements to be made by the Treasurer.

C. Cohen Endowment Committee

The Cohen Endowment honors the memory of Hennig Cohen with a cash award
given annually for the best article, book chapter, or essay in a book about Melville. These may be self-nominated or nominated by a mentor, colleague, or friend, as well as the Cohen Endowment Committee, which selects the winner. The committee is appointed by the Executive Secretary and consists of three persons serving staggered three-year terms, with the senior member serving as chair. The award is typically made in the year after the article or chapter is published and is presented at that year's MLA meeting. Preference will be given to newer scholars in the field of Melville studies, and no one may win the award more than once. The Cohen Endowment itself is a permanent endowment and is managed by the Treasurer.

D. Communications Committee

The communications committee consists of a Communications Chair and at least two members appointed by the Executive Secretary with the approval of the Executive Committee. The Chair acts in close consultation with the Editor and the Executive Secretary to coordinate and develop effective and engaging communications between the Executive Committee and membership, among the membership, and between the Society and the public. Members should be proficient in digital communications and social media platforms.

Term: three years (may repeat).

IV. Elections

Election of officers is held every year, usually in the late spring, by electronic ballot emailed to the membership. The Executive Secretary, in consultation with the Executive Committee, determines election deadlines and when necessary makes minor adjustments to ensure that the terms of officers overlap and thus provide continuity and experience on the Executive Committee. Terms of office begin on January 1 of the year following the election. Additional votes of the membership are required to approve revisions of the bylaws, affiliations with other organizations, or any departures from these bylaws in principle or practice as determined by the EC.

V. The Melville Society Cultural Project

The MSCP is a subcommittee of the Executive Committee consisting of at least four members who are appointed by the Executive Committee. Duties include:

1. Managing the archives and artifacts that accrue to the Society through donations and bequests, such as books, documents, and art works.
2. Promoting educational programming, including teacher institutes, conferences, symposia, and other public events devoted to Melville's writings, life, and times.
3. Arranging exhibitions, musical and dramatic performances, lectures and lecture series, and other special events associated with Melville.
4. Advising affiliated organizations, such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, on Melville exhibitions, Melville museum walks or tours, or other activities consonant with the purposes of the Melville Society.

VI. Vacancies

The Executive Secretary, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, may appoint members to fill out the remaining term of any position that becomes vacant.

VII. Terms of Society Membership

All individuals (not institutions) are automatically considered voting members of the Society if they have paid their annual dues on schedule and are not in arrears for past years. The Treasurer will provide this list to the Executive Secretary before each election or ballot. It is expected that all officers, program chairs, and committee members will be members of the Society and keep their memberships current.

VIII. Ratification and Amendment of Bylaws

These bylaws will take effect when they are ratified by a majority of those voting in an election called for that purpose. They may be amended by the Executive Committee with the ratification of a majority of those members voting in an election called for that purpose.


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Melville Society Facebook Posts

Greg Lennes Melville's short story, "The Lightning-Rod Man" (1854) still has lessons for us today. The lightning-rod salesman says that to buy his lighting rods, you will be safe. He is the salesman of our fears. He peddled his wares during storms with dire descriptions of ruin and death. He threatens and tries to bully the main character, who is angered. The ending is the main character "seized it (lightning-rod); I snapped it; I dashed it; I trod it; and dragging the dark lightning-king out of my door, flung his elbowed, copper sceptre after him. But spite of my treatment, and spite of my dissuasive talk of him to my neighbors, the Lightning-rod man still dwells in the land; still travels in storm-time, and drives a brave trade with the fears of man." Here is a video of a reading of the tale by Stacy Carson. It was produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard (2015):
"The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 "The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 Read by Stacy Carson Produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard
Greg Lennes
Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts
Feb 7 - March 15, 2018
RECEPTION: Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Artist Talk 7:30 pm

Exhibition at UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery in Downtown New Bedford, “Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts” is centered around the 8’ wide by 47’ long artwork Moby-Dick, or The Whale. This mesmerizing large scale piece appears to be floating on the gallery floor and spilling off the wall, reflecting on the ocean nearby, the location for the Melville’s famous novel.
Pittsburgh based Diane Samuels who often uses text as a element in her visual vocabulary this time creates waves with her meticulous hand-transcriptions created using all of the 701 pages in the novel. Remnants of archival paper and drawings have been recycled and painted over and, in places, drawn and collaged using images that pertain to the specific text. Each page of the book (also exhibited at the gallery) is hand-written as a horizontal row of the drawing, starting with “Call me Ishmael” at the top of the artwork.

Samuels chose Moby-Dick, or The Whale because of Melville’s descriptions of confrontations with “the other” and his archiving and cataloguing of information about whales and the world. In Chapter Three, Ishmael and Queequeg share a room and a bed at the Spouter-Inn. Ishmael describes his terror in meeting Queequeg. Despite cultural, racial, and language differences, the chapter ends with Ishmael’s statement, “I turned in, and never slept better in my life.”

Accompanying this installation is the compressed sound of the artist reading out loud and hand-transcribing each page, creating a layered “audio block”; a dense sound comprised of words and pages, along with the ambient sounds of the artist’s studio. The audio block is the length of the longest page of the book.

Other artworks also surprise visitors with their intricate hand-transcription in microscript. The Arabian Nights traces the stories told by Scheherazade over 10,000 fragments of papers painted in shades of indigo and crimson and edged in gold. The piece is a literal and figurative “magic carpet” whose central panel is bathed in the blood of the book’s unfortunate heroines and cloaked in the mysterious glow of night.
Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children,” also visually reflects the content of the book, creating a unique composition made from 1001 pieces of paper made in India and joined to form a map of India on August 15, 1947, its date of independence. The “midnight’s children” of the book’s title are the 1001 children born in the first hour of Indian independence.

The exhibition is open through March 15, 2018, with the reception on Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The artist talk, as well as audio recording will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Whale and Other Text was curated by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director, born in Slovakia, where she had assisted Diane in her 1998 sound based site-specific installation for the Synagogue - Centre for Contemporary Art in Trnava.

Thanks to Kris Nuzzi and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery for their wonderful collaboration on this exhibition.

Diane Samuels is a visual artist, with studio and public art practices based in Pittsburgh. In both she uses other peoples’ words and handwriting as her literal and figurative raw material. She builds works that accrete from community engagements, layer by layer: layers made of words from interviews and informal conversations with people on the street, in cafes, in their homes; layers made of places from castings, drawings, photographs, audio, maps; and layers made from archival documents, narratives of events, histories, memoirs, folk tales, and literature. She has made drawings by writing out the texts of entire novels in micro-handwriting, converted a two-story glass pedestrian bridge into an anthology of phrases about looking at the world closely, and created artist’s books from sessions transcribing storytellers.
Diane's permanent site-specific artworks include Luminous Manuscript (Center for Jewish History New York) and Lines of Sight (Brown University). Luminous Manuscript was awarded an IFRAA/Faith & Form Award for Religious Art and Architecture in 2005 and is included in Judith Dupré’s 2007 (Random House) book, Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory.
Her exhibitions include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory Museum, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Center for Book Arts, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, the Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Synagogue Center (Trnava, Slovakia), the Bernheimer Realschule (Buttenhausen, Germany), and the Czech Museum of Fine Arts.
Diane's work is in public and private collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Bank of New York Mellon, Reed College, Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.
Samuels holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, a diploma from the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorates from Seton Hill University and Chatham University. She is also co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers in exile. Samuels is a former board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. In 2013 she was recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in Italy and an American Academy in Jerusalem Fellowship.
Diane Samuels works with the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City.

Image: Moby Dick, Or The Whale, Herman Melville, 2015
Ink on handmade paper, 96 x 564 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Photo by Thomas Little

University Art Gallery
College of Visual and Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Contact: Viera Levitt, Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator,
Gallery Hours: 9 am - 6 pm daily, closed on major holidays.
Open until 9 pm during AHA! Nights (the second Thursday of every month).
Greg Lennes Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, will exhibit his Moby-Dick painting series at the Muscatine Art Center (Iowa) from February 15th through April 12th, 2018. 2018-02-19T15:41:59+0000
Greg Lennes From Rhode Island Public Radio: "One Square Mile: Walk A Mile In Ishmael's New Bedford" by John Bender:
One Square Mile: Walk A Mile In Ishmael's New Bedford New Bedford is the destination for devotees of one famous literary leviathan -- Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick."
Greg Lennes From Aeon: Melville and Financial World by Matt Seybold.
Herman Melville "Confidence is the indispensable basis of all sorts of business transactions. Without it, commerce between man and man, as between country and country, would, like a watch, run down and stop."
—from "The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville

via Aeon
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the first CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: READING THE CONFIDENCE-MAN TODAY What types of interpretations come up when someone reads the The Confidence-Man in light of recent events? Presenters should offer short, reflective pieces (8 minutes) that provoke discussion. Although a lack of faith (or confidence) in political institutions is a major part of news reports today, presenters may focus on any of the topics brought up in Melville’s book, including stocks and finance, religious organizations, charity, racial identity, belief, and other considerations. Other approaches could include reflections on reading historically or the dynamics of re-reading today. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Rodrigo Lazo at by March 13.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Philosophy (Humor): "There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Redburn. His First Voyage - Chapter XL. :) 2018-02-16T21:00:37+0000
Robert Sandberg MLA Conference - 2019 - Chicago: The Melville Society's "Call for Papers" is now available on the Melville Society website
The Melville Society - Call for Papers: MLA 2019 - Reading The Confidence-Man Today & Melville’s Quarrel with Modernity A society dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville
Greg Lennes "Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour "(March 16th) - Frank Stella Artwork - discussion led by Robert K. Wallace at Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio:
Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour Join us on March 16 for a spotlight tour with Professor Robert K. Wallace. Robert will discuss the Moby Dick Deckle Edges prints in the context of other works by Stella on view in the Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper exhibition.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman When I joined The Melville Society FB page last August, you were just breaking a thousand followers. And now you're about to break 2,000. Congratulations! Here is my latest contribution from my project to write a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick. (Lines from the text are in quotations.) Chapter 59 - Squid. -- Plenty of action and violence takes place in this novel. But there are also days of calm . . . floating on a glassy sea without swells or even the promise of a leviathan and with no chatter from a listless crew . . . A 'profound hush' surrounds the Pequod as it drifts in the middle of nowhere, with 'a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea'. At such a time, what goes on inside a sailor's mind? Thoughts of home? Other ways to earn a living? Ennui? As a man looks out over endless nothingness, do thoughts churn busily inside his skull . . . or is Ismael an Anomaly?
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the second CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: MELVILLE'S QUARREL WITH MODERNITY In anticipation of an energized year in Melville studies (when on the 200th anniversary of his birth we consider Melville’s significance in the present moment) contributors to this panel will reflect on a vital but largely unexplored feature of Melville’s thinking: his quarrel with modernity. Melville is not recognized for the clarity of his philosophical arguments. At best, his philosophizing is dismissed as ingenious but muddled. But perhaps Melville’s philosophical arguments have been hard to grasp because they have been miscategorized; they have been taken to embody the ethos of the distinctively modern world (that is, after the defining work of Descartes and Locke) when in fact what they offer is nothing less than a wide-ranging rejection of modernity’s dominant assumptions. On this panel, accordingly, we will use Melville’s writing to turn a harsh light on some of the beliefs that characterize modern Western thought. Melville’s writing has meant many things to many people, but as yet it has not been seen as a way to unite or bring into conversation the growing number of theorists resisting the modernity narrative—theorists making an effort to knock down the edifice of dualism, think carefully about where the nature-culture binary has come from (and what we might imagine in its place), cast doubt on the view that the body is inessential to mind, and in other ways question the account of the world offered by the moderns. Please send 300-500 words and a vita to K.L. Evans at by March 19.
Chad Beck Moby-Dick is discussed at 39:00. Also relevant (and leading directly into M-D) is a discussion about Job (31:23).
Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson - Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46 Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who disc...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor for Valentine's Day - Melville's First Draft of Moby-Dick: Comic strip by Mikey Heller (2014) :) 2018-02-14T17:59:34+0000
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick stars on Antiques Roadshow on PBS TV (2/12/18) video - Appraisal of Moby-Dick edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent and published by Lakeside Press 1930.
Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set | Antiques Roadshow | PBS Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set in New Orleans, LA.
Greg Lennes The final volume of the Northwestern-Newberry THE WRITINGS OF HERMAN MELVILLE--LAST OF 15 VOLUMES in hardback - a major literary accomplishment. 2018-02-14T14:20:22+0000
Greg Lennes REMINDER: March 1st deadline for registration for the two-week program called “Teaching Melville” that will take place this summer in New Bedford. The Whaling Museum will host the event which will take place from June 17th through the 30th. Go to website for details.
Teaching Melville An Institute for School Teachers on Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
Karen Lentz Madison Melvilleans!
Robert Sandberg A Call for Book Proposals: From Richard King of the University Press of New England The University Press of New England and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program seek book proposals for our “Seafaring America” series. We are looking for works in three categories: 1. Suggestions for timely reissues of forgotten, out-of-print American works of literary and cultural distinction, with new introductions that frame the work for a modern audience. 2. Proposals for anthologies and/or selected editions of writers’ work. 3. Proposals for books of original scholarship or of general interest, according to the series mission below. We have particular interest in underrepresented voices and “blue” environmental studies. _______________________ “Seafaring America” is a series of original and classic works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, populations, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. This includes the accounts of First Peoples, explorers, voluntary and forced immigrants, women in maritime communities, fishermen, whalers, captains, common sailors, members of the navy and coast guard, marine biologists and oceanographers, and the crews of vessels ranging from lifeboats, riverboats, and tugboats to recreational yachts. “Seafaring America” introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.
UPNE | Seafaring America Series Editor: Richard J. King, Williams College-Mystic SeaportSeafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical s...
Greg Lennes To the wealthy Melvillean: Auction for a first edition of Moby-Dick ending March 7th. 2018-02-13T19:36:41+0000


Fellowships and Scholarships

Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Click here for more information and application details.


New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.


Click here for more information and application details.

From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.