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Mystic Seaport awarded $450,000 for Charles W. Morgan

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Mystic Seaport $450,000 to support public programming related to the 38th Voyage of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

The funds will be used for dockside and onboard activities and programming during the ship’s Voyage in 2014. In addition, the grant will help fund a new permanent exhibit on whaling at Mystic Seaport titled “In the Wake of the Whalers.”

“This grant will help us fully express the Morgan’s significance to maritime heritage and indeed American history,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.

The ship’s 38th Voyage will begin in late May 2014, when the Morgan will go back to sea to visit historic ports of New England to celebrate the importance of America’s maritime heritage.

After a period of refitting and sea trials based in New London, the ship will sail to Newport, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston. She will also venture onto the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and participate in the centennial celebration of the Cape Cod Canal.

The voyage will be a commemoration of the role of the sea in the history of America and an appreciation of our changing relationship with the natural world.

The award is an America’s Historic & Cultural Organizations Implementation Grant, which is used to support museum exhibits, library-based projects, interpretation of historic places, websites, and other formats that excite and inform “thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity and history,” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Look for a report on the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan in the October issue of Soundings.