The Maritime Heritage Program is part of the National Park Service's Park History Program. For centuries, Americans have used waterways for commerce, transportation, defense, and recreation. The Maritime Heritage Program works to advance awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States. Through leadership, assistance, and expertise in maritime history, preservation, and archeology we help to interpret and preserve our maritime heritage by maintaining inventories of historic U.S. maritime properties, providing preservation assistance through publications and consultation, educating the public about maritime heritage through our website, sponsoring maritime heritage conferences and workshops, and funding maritime heritage projects when grant assistance is available.
Application Period Closed for 2014 Maritime Heritage Grants
The application period for the 2014 National Maritime Heritage grants is now closed. Please do not contact us to request the status of your application; applications are now under review and applicants will be notified of the results when they are available. The Maritime Heritage Grant Panel will meet in mid-January and provide funding recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.
New Maritime Park
We're pleased to announce the establishment of a new maritime-related park within the National Park System! The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park in Rhode Island and Massachusetts was authorized by Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 (Public Law 113-291), which President Obama signed into law on December 19, 2014. The new park will protect and interpret resources associated with the development of textile mills and other industries in the valley. It will be located within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.