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Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT 06355-1946)
Susan S. Funk (Project Director: January 2013 to February 2017)
Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers: The 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan

Implementation of a long-term exhibition, a website, and public programs at the Mystic Seaport Museum that examine the broad economic, social, and cultural impact of whaling.

Mystic Seaport requests a Chairman's Level implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a suite of online, onsite, offsite, and onboard public programs and exhibits that will provide new national insight into universal and important humanities themes, through an interdisciplinary exploration of historic and contemporary American whaling. The Museum and its partners will explore through this project how, when, and why dominant American perceptions of whales and whaling took their dramatic turns. The project will raise public awareness in New England and nationwide about the role the whaling industry played in the development of our nation’s multiethnic make-up, our domestic economy, our global impact and encounters, and our long-standing fascination with whales. And it will promote thought about the nation’s whaling heritage, and how it continues to shape our communities and culture.

Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

$450,000 (approved)
$450,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 7/31/2016