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Grant to fund nautical education program

Mystic Seaport announced the museum was awarded a $100,000 grant by the Beagary Charitable Trust. The funds will be used to develop and implement an educational outreach program for Connecticut primary school students.

“We recognize it is a challenge for school districts in this era to be able to afford to take students on field trips outside the classroom. This grant will enable us not only to physically bring every fifth grader in northeastern Connecticut to Mystic Seaport, but also to help us develop in-school and online learning tools to serve students across the state and elsewhere,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White in a press release. “We hope grants of this kind can be a model for other organizations who hope to support school access to the rich educational assets institutions such as Mystic Seaport offer.”

The funding will also be used to develop educational programs for the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan.” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislators designated the 2013-14 academic year to be the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan” in the state of Connecticut to coincide with the completed restoration and 38th Voyage of the Museum’s 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

The designation will afford students across the state a unique opportunity to learn about Connecticut maritime history, the significance of the whaling industry, and the importance of the state’s maritime heritage through the educational programming of Mystic Seaport.

The Beagary Charitable Trust–Pat Morgan, Trustee provides financial aid to educational institutions, museums, research institutions, and other organizations formed to preserve and teach United States and world history. The trust also supports organizations with programs that allow children and adults to enjoy intellectual, social, physical, and cultural interactions with their peers and teach sportsmanship and leadership skills.