National Park Service Press Release

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2016
Contact(s):
Jeremy Barnum, National Park Service, jeremy_barnum@nps.gov, 202-208-6843
 
Kim Strong, Maritime Administration, kim.a.strong@dot.gov, 202-366-5807


National Park Service Awards $2.58 Million in Matching Grants for Maritime Heritage Education and Preservation Projects in 19 States

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of $2.58 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects in 19 states that preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

“As a nation with vast coastlines and interior waterways, our maritime heritage is an integral part of the story of our economic growth and the defense of our nation,” said Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “These grants will enable our state historic preservation partners to connect local communities to their maritime heritage from sea to shining sea.”

“These iconic maritime treasures must be preserved for future generations -- ships, lighthouses, and the vast array of strategic maritime vessels that served and protected our nation at critical times in our history,” said Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. “The Maritime Administration is committed to preserving these assets and artifacts from our past, so that future generations can fully appreciate, and be inspired by our nation’s maritime legacy.”

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  In accordance with the National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994, funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the 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 Maritime Heritage Program grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for education and preservation projects.  Education projects are funded in amounts between $15,000-$50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000-$200,000. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages, and preservation grant projects can include the rehabilitation or restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Examples of projects that will be supported by this year’s Maritime Heritage Program grants include: an educational program providing students studying state history at California Title 1 schools an overnight stay aboard historic tall ship Spirit of Dana Point; a plan to rehabilitate four offshore lighthouses to enhance public education and tourism related to Michigan's unique maritime history; and the refinishing of the steel superstructure of the Liberty Ship John W. Brown in Maryland to stabilize and preserve the ship from hull and superstructure corrosion.

The full list of projects receiving grants is as follows:

2015 NATIONAL MARITIME HERITAGE GRANTS

UNDER 54 U.S.C. 308703

State

Applicant

Project Title

 Award

AK

Kodiak Maritime Museum and Art Center

Thelma C Exhibit Project

 $50,000

CA

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program

 $35,000

CA

Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

A Distance Learning History Project: Linking to Cabrillo’s Ship San Salvador

 $49,100

CA

University of South Carolina

Island of the Blue Dolphins and its Maritime History Context

 $49,669

CA

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey

$52,900

CT

Mystic Seaport Museum

Scrimshaw, Marine Painting, and Ship Model Preservation and Access Project

 $49,959

CT

Connecticut River Museum

Connecticut River Museum Bulkhead Replacement Project

$197,364

DE

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

“Wilmington Shipbuilding” Interpretive Educational Exhibit

 $31,800

FL

St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

Construction of an Archaeological Research and Education Center

 $50,000

ME

Maine Maritime Museum

Construction of Building Addition for a Simulated Lighthouse Lantern Room 

 $50,000

MD

Historic St Mary’s City Commission

Maryland Dove Pier Repair

 $50,000

MD

Phillips Wharf Educational Center

Chesapeake Oysters: From Skipjack to Shucker—A Maritime Heritage Experience

$49,875

MD

Project Liberty Ship

Preservation of the Superstructure of Liberty Ship John W. Brown

$178,670

MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visualizing Maritime History: A New MIT Online Resource

$50,000

MA

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Resilience: The Story of New Bedford’s Fishing Industry

$20,000

MA

Old Dartmouth Historical Society

Centennial Celebration of the Lagoda, the World’s Largest Ship Model

$37,000

MA

USS Constitution Museum

Renewing “Old Ironsides”

 $50,000

MA

PAST Foundation

Telltales to Learning: Professional Development/Immersion Programs in Maritime Heritage

$49,738

MI

Mason County Historical Society

The Cleaning, Preservation, and Public Display of Fresnel Lighthouse Lenses

$52,335

MI

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Offshore Lights Historic Structure Report and Public Education Project

$123,000

MN

Minnesota Historical Society

Cultural Landscape Report for Split Rock Light Station

$68,000

NJ

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities

Exterior Painting at the Cape May Lighthouse

$50,000

NY

National Maritime Historical Society

Indexing, Digitizing, and Online Expansion of Sea History Magazine

$50,000

NY

Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey

Mapping New York City’s Sailortown: A Networked Digital Maritime History Consortium

$34,000

NY

Greater Lockport Development Association

Phase II of the Restoration of the Erie Canal Flight of Five: Miter Gates

$200,000

NY

Town of North Hempstead

The Stepping Stones Lighthouse: First Steps to Rehabilitation

$165,000

NC

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

Queen Anne’s Revenge: Development of Large Artifact Conservation Wet Lab

$144,569

OH 

Ohio Historical Society

Interior Restoration of the Historic Steam Towboat W.P. Snyder Jr

$100,000 

OR

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Introducing Public Audiences to the USS Blueback

$45,035

PA

Independence Seaport Museum

Submarine Becuna Multimedia App Development

$50,000

PA

Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild

Restoration of Boat Deck and Hull: 1902 Tug Jupiter

$100,088

RI

Steamship Historical Society of America

Steaming into the Future

$50,000

VA

Christopher Newport University

Documenting, Interpreting, and Disseminating Historical Collections from The Mariners’ Museum Library

$47,095

WA

Sound Experience

Schooner Adventuress Deck Renewal Project

$200,000

Grand Total

 

 

$2,580,197

 

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