National Park Service awards more than $1.7 million in Maritime Heritage Grants

News Release Date: July 7, 2017

Contact: Tom Crosson, 202-208-6843


While there are many maritime national park sites, these grants allow the NPS and MARAD to assist in the preservation and education of maritime heritage in the community. NPS Photo / San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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

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
Total $340,530


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
Total $112,939

District of Columbia

Naval Historical Foundation Naval Documents of the American Revolution Digitization Project $49,700
Total $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
Total $110,962


Dubuque County Historical Society Lead-Based Paint Abatement of William M. Black $66,999
Total $66,999


Museum of Science and Industry Chicago U-505 Submarine Preservation Accessibility Expansion Project $82,277
Total $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
Total $92,141


Living Classrooms US Coast Guard Taney Hull Preservation Project $152,389
Total $152,389

New York

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
Total  $299,557


Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory Enhancing Awareness and Educational Opportunities for Historic Lake Erie Lighthouses $18,540
Total $18,540


Independence Seaport Museum Cruiser Olympia Hull Repairs and Assessment Surveys $107,689
Total  $107,689

Rhode Island

South East Lighthouse Foundation Southeast Lighthouse Tower Cast Iron Restoration, Block Island $105,000
Total $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 $163,350

Total = $1,752,073

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Source: National Park Service News Release 07-07-17

The Adirondack Museum redefines itself as the ‘Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake’

When the Adirondack Museum opened for its 60th season earlier this spring, it did so as the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, with an exciting new brand identity, to better represent what the institution is today. These updates are the product of several years of careful consideration and planning, and position the museum to be more attractive to the next generation of visitors. It will continue to maintain its full collection, and offer the same kaleidoscopic range of programs and activities representing Adirondack history and life, including special and permanent exhibitions, talented artisans-in-residence, workshops, and signature events like the Rustic Furniture Fair.

“Consumer research indicates that the travelers and tourists of today have different expectations of cultural attractions. They want rich interactive experiences that immerse them in their environment and create instantly shareable and long-lasting memories,” explained Executive Director David Kahn. “To compete with new destinations in the Adirondack region and around the Northeast, we need to ensure our identity reflects what we truly are: a 121-acre indoor-and-outdoor experience. We provide a fun, active and educational way for visitors to immerse themselves into the reality of life, work and recreation in the Adirondacks.

“We remain steadfast in our mission to expand public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness,” Kahn concluded.

Mammoth New Exhibition

The introduction of the new name this season coincides with the opening of the most exciting new exhibition in the institution’s history: “Life in the Adirondacks,” a 19,000-square-foot interactive experience that will serve as every visitor’s starting point. It will combine the latest digital technology with real hands-on experiences to bring the spirit of adventure and breathtaking natural beauty of the Adirondacks to life. The massive new exhibition will occupy the former Roads and Rails building, and will open on July 1. This melding of real Adirondack artifacts with modern-day technology will set the standard for additions and upgrades at the Adirondack Experience going forward.

Striking New LogoAdirondack Experience logo

Replacing the illustration of the Adirondack guide with guide boat is a new design that evokes the uniqueness of the institution and its setting through bold lines and striking colors. The logo combines the letters A (Adirondack) and X (Experience) in an abstract image that evokes the High Peaks and rustic Adirondack architecture. Reflecting both the indoor and outdoor aspects of the institution, the logo communicates the institution’s continuous exploration into the history and beauty of life in the Adirondacks.

History of the Institution’s Name

Through more than 60 years, the institution has evolved to remain relevant to the times while staying true to its mission and the region it serves. It has actually changed names before: It began as the Adirondacks Historical Association in 1948, then became the Adirondack Historical Association in 1955, and adopted the name Adirondack Museum before opening to the public in 1957. Even today, the legal name is the Adirondack Historical Association, which it will continue to be as it operates as the Adirondack Experience.  Other institutions that have made name changes in recent years include the Colorado Historical Society, which now operates as History Colorado, and the Ohio Historical Society, which is now known as Ohio History Connection.

A completely new website,, launched this spring. Social media users are invited to use #ADKX when posting.

The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is located at 9097 State Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. For more information, visit, or call 518-352-7311.

About the Adirondack Experience

The Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks, and in free programs at schools throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Counties. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit

Courtesy of the Adirondack Experince, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Photography Exhibit Available to Museums as Traveling Exhibition.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is now able to offer other museums our Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake as a traveling exhibition. Details and more information are with Chief Curator Pete Lesher at

Robert de Gast Chesapeake Bay photos

Photo by Robert de Gast (courtesy of CBMM)

This major exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, opened May 12, 2017 and runs through April 8, 2018 at CBMM. The exhibition features 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection.

Robert de Gast Chesapeake Bay photos

Photo by Robert de Gast (courtesy of CBMM)

Please contact Chief Curator Pete Lesher at for more information.

11th Maritime Heritage Conference & 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships – February 15-17, 2018 in New Orleans


Our Maritime Communities-Stronger Together
11th Maritime Heritage Conference 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

New Orleans Marriott-French Quarter
February 15 – 17, 2018

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics. The Maritime Heritage Conference was last held in 2014, and is unique in bringing together all elements of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest., Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and Known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie. You are invited to join with us and share an exploration of maritime heritage while charting the course for the future.  The Conference Steering Committee invites you to become involved in the 2018 Conference as a presenter. This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with individuals from all segments of the maritime community to discuss topics of common interest, to learn from your peers, and to share your knowledge and experience with others.

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott. Rooms are available at the terrific rate of $164+ per night! Details of the conference schedule are posted at: and

Focus sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Media and Publications                                     ♦ Crew and Staff Training and Development
♦ Tall Ships, Sail Training and Education          ♦ Not for Profit Administration
Under Sail
♦ Marketing and Social Media                             ♦ Fund Development
♦ Vessel Operations and Safety                            ♦ Tall Ships® Events and Host Port

Papers and sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Maritime and naval history                              ♦ Inland Water Commerce and seaport                                                                                                     operations
♦ Maritime Art, Literature and Music                ♦ Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations
♦ Underwater Archaeology                                  ♦ Trade and Communications
♦ Shipbuilding                                                         ♦ Libraries, Archives, and Museums
♦ Marine Science and Ocean Conservation      ♦ National Marine Sanctuaries
♦ Education and Preservation                             ♦ Vessel Restoration
♦ Maritime Heritage Grant Program                  ♦ Small Craft
♦ Marine Protected Areas                                     ♦ Maritime Landscapes

Session Proposals are encouraged. Individual and Session Proposals should include a one-page abstract, and a one-page bio about each presenter. Please email proposals to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at:   For proposal guidelines: or    The deadline for papers and session proposals is November 1, 2017

MHC                                                 TSA

the USS Constitution “Restoring an Icon” Blog and ConstitutionCam Allow You to See the Final Stages of the Ship’s Restoration Before She Returns to the Water in July

In less than one month, USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy, will be heading back to the water after two years in dry dock as part of a multi-year restoration at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA. Throughout the restoration process, the USS Constitution Museum has been working with the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston to document the progress made by the Detachment ship restorers.


The USS Constitution has been in dry dock for over two years undergoing restoration.  Follow the restoration progress through the USS Constitution Museum’s website. (Photo: USS Constitution Museum)

Our restoration blog, “Restoring an Icon,” is a bi-weekly online blog that features behind-the-scenes looks, insights, photos, and videos about the current restoration and past rebuilds. The blog can be found at: We also have a camera, ConstitutionCam, which has been documenting the restoration from a window overlooking Dry Dock 1. It takes a photo every 20 minutes which can then be turned into time-lapse videos of the progress. The photos are updated on our website at:

On July 23, the Museum will be open all night with family-friendly activities in celebration of Constitution’s return to the water where the remainder of the restoration will take place.

We have set up a Facebook event page for the undocking event: During the night of the undocking, we will be producing a Facebook Live video that will be posted and shared on our Facebook Page: The Facebook Live viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions about the restoration process and the events of that night.


Chesapeake Treasure Video Series Highlights CBMM Collections

Here is another great online video series highlighting one of our Member institution’s collections.  The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is receiving high engagement with their #ChesapeakeTreasure video series launched this past year.

View the latest episode on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle below, or you can see/link to the entire collection on the Chesapeake Treasure YouTube playlist here
If you have questions about the #ChesapeakeTreasure video series, contact Tracey Johns, Vice President of Communications at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum  

If your organization has a unique online resource you think would be of interest to CAMM members, please send an email to me at

Registration is open for the ICMM’s 2017 Valparaiso, Chile Congress – 15-20 October

Displaying A message from the International Congress of Maritime Museum’s President, Steve White

Dear Colleagues:

In just four months’ time the biennial congress for ICMM will convene in Valparaiso, October 15-20, 2017.  Our hosts, Museo Marítimo Nacional de Chile, and its director Admiral Cristian del Real have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to put together a memorable Congress which for the first time will be held on the continent of South America.  I encourage you to visit the Congress website so that you can register and begin making your plans for October 2017.  As you will see on the website, the team in Valparaiso has put together an outstanding five and half days for us, and several not to be missed post conference tours.  Kristen Greenaway, president of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and her program team have filled out the Congress  conference time with stimulating presentations dealing in one way or another with our theme of Discoveries!

Having visited with the Museum and Cristian this past November, I can attest to the magnificence of Chile as a country and the colorful culture that Valparaiso presents.  It may seem like the Chilean coast is miles away from home, but to understand trade and exploration in the 19th century, one needs to visit Valparaiso.  I know you will enjoy it!

Please take this moment to register and begin preparing for an engaging and memorable Congress!

Steve White, President, ICMM / President, Mystic Seaport