WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced today the apportionment of $1,752,073 for 27 maritime heritage grants to applicants in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.
“Protecting our nation’s maritime history is an important part of the National Park Service’s mission to share America’s story,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “These grants will support efforts to conserve important parts of our maritime history and educate students of all ages.”
The National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.
The National Park Service will administer these projects as direct grants to State Historic Preservation Offices, who will disburse funds to applicants. The recipients of the National Maritime Heritage grants are below. For more information about the grants and the Maritime Heritage Program, please visit www.nps.gov/martime/grants.intro.htm.
National Maritime Heritage Program Grant Recipients
|Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation||Educational Programs Interpreting Naval and Maritime History Through STEM||$15,000|
|Channel Islands Maritime Museum||The Living Brotherhood of the Tomol: Chumash Paddlers’ Active Legacy||$35,562|
|Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum||Creating an Interpretive Master Plan for the tugboat Angels Gate||$40,000|
|Maritime Museum Association of San Diego||Preservation of the Steam Ferry Berkeley||$200,000|
|University of Southern California||Maritime Discoveries along the California Coast||$49,968|
|Mystic Seaport Museum||From Clippers to Containers||$46,659|
|Sound Waters||Maritime History Sails on Long Island Sound||$43,500|
|University of Connecticut||Creating a Blue Heritage Trail for Southeast Connecticut||$22,780|
District of Columbia
|Naval Historical Foundation||Naval Documents of the American Revolution Digitization Project||$49,700|
|Diving With a Purpose||Maritime Archaeology Educational Field Program II||$50,000|
|University of Florida||The Florida Shellfish Trail Website and Signage||$34,332|
|University of West Florida Historical Trust||The Pensacola Maritime Mural Gallery||$26,630|
|Dubuque County Historical Society||Lead-Based Paint Abatement of William M. Black||$66,999|
|Museum of Science and Industry Chicago||U-505 Submarine Preservation Accessibility Expansion Project||$82,277|
|Atlantic Challenge Foundation||The Apprenticeshop: Maritime Skills Program||$50,000|
|Maine Maritime Museum||Educational Exhibit about the Fresnel Lens and the Lighthouse Lantern||$42,141|
|Living Classrooms||US Coast Guard Taney Hull Preservation Project||$152,389|
|USS Constitution Museum||USS Constitution in Context: Enhancing Visitor Experience Online and Onsite||$50,000|
|South Street Seaport Museum||1930 Tug W.O. Decker: Preservation of Deck and Certificate of Inspection||$200,000|
|Stephen B Luce Library Research Foundation||Telling the Stories of Sailors’ Snug Harbor||$50,000|
|Whaling Museum Society||Digitizing and Disseminating Whaling Collection Online||$49,557|
|Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory||Enhancing Awareness and Educational Opportunities for Historic Lake Erie Lighthouses||$18,540|
|Independence Seaport Museum||Cruiser Olympia Hull Repairs and Assessment Surveys||$107,689|
|South East Lighthouse Foundation||Southeast Lighthouse Tower Cast Iron Restoration, Block Island||$105,000|
|The Mariners’ Museum||Expanding Analysis Capabilities for USS Monitor Conservation and Interpretation||$83,350|
|Watermens Museum||Yorktown Shipwrecks Education Program||$30,000|
|Nauticus Foundation||Battleship Wisconsin Engineering Project: Life in the Engine Room||$50,000|
Total = $1,752,073
Submitted by Tom Crosson, July 7, 2017
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.