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Organization name: New Bedford Whaling Museum
State: Massachusetts
Date range: 2003-2015
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GE-50587-12

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Gregory J. Galer (Project Director: August 2011 to March 2012)
Michael Dyer (Project Director: March 2012 to September 2013)
Alison Meyer Smart (Project Director: September 2013 to December 2014)
New Bedford: The Commercial and Industrial Evolution of an American Port City

Planning for a long-term exhibition, public programs, and educational materials on the history of commerce and industry in New Bedford, Massachusetts, following the decline of whaling, the city's founding industry.

The Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum seeks funding to plan a multidisciplinary exhibition telling a series of interconnected stories of how individual risk takers and their families built an efficient, self-reinforcing business network in New Bedford, New England and throughout the world using profits earned through whaling. As whaling entered its decline, these family networks used their successful investment and management systems to strategically diversify, building on their strengths in banking, finance and insurance, into pioneering start-ups in railroads, textiles, manufacturing and trade and commercial fishing. The project will also demonstrate why, after several periods of prosperity, many of these industries, so innovative at their inception, declined--a rise and fall that created the urban, social environment of today.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2013 – 8/31/2014


PG-51724-12

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Gregory J. Galer (Project Director: May 2011 to August 2013)
Alison Meyer Smart (Project Director: August 2013 to January 2014)
Conservation Assessment of a 19th-Century Whaling Panorama

Hiring a team of consultants to assess the condition and conservation needs of a whaling panorama dating to 1848, painted on 52-inch-wide lengths of cotton fabric and measuring 1,275 feet in length and 8.5 feet in height. Two conservators would travel to the Saco Art Museum in Maine with two of the museum's staff to examine a similar panorama, which has recently undergone conservation, and consult with its conservation team, in order to develop a treatment protocol for the New Bedford painting.

The 1848 "A Whaling Voyage 'Round the World" panorama is a rare survivor of a unique style of large-scale landscape and narrative painting. It survives today, in poor condition, but with a proper treatment plan, it can be stabilized and restored. Artists Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington created the 1,275-foot-long panorama of a whaling voyage from New Bedford to the Azores, Cape Verde and Cape Horn, painted on 52-inch-wide lengths of cotton fabric and executed in a water-based distemper paint that has suffered wrinkling, flaking and powdering. NEH funding will allow the Museum to convene a team of experts to expand the in-house assessment and identify best practice in treatment for a unique artifact, and allow them to travel to necessary sites to gather the relevant information. The project will result in a formal conservation protocol, as well as a plan to safely handle, exhibit, and store the artifact for the long term.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


CH-50875-11

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Gregory J. Galer (Project Director: May 2010 to August 2013)
Alison Meyer Smart (Project Director: August 2013 to February 2016)
New Bedford Whaling Museum Humanities Endowment Challenge

Endowment for humanities staff salaries, interpretive exhibitions, and humanities programs, as well as fundraising costs.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum seeks a $500,000 NEH Challenge Grant, to be matched by $1.5 million in new matching funding. The $2 million will provide $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) in direct expenditures for fundraising staff during the capital campaign. The remaining $1,960,00 million will be allocated to create a new restricted humanities endowment, with annual disbursements funding humanities staff salaries, interpretation and exhibitions, and humanities programming. The new humanities endowment will build the New Bedford Whaling Museum's capacity for long-term support while providing predictable, sustainable funding for Strategic Plan priorities for long-term growth -- with particular emphasis on growth and enhancement in humanities exhibitions, interpretation, and high-quality programming for diverse public audiences.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (offered)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2009 – 7/31/2015


BR-50019-06

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Anne B. Brengle (Project Director: February 2006 to January 2008)
Madelyn Shaw (Project Director: January 2008 to January 2010)
From Pursuit to Preservation: The Global Story of Whales and Whaling

Implementation of a permanent core exhibition with an audio tour about the human fascination with whales and the history of whaling in New Bedford, Massachusetts, within a global context.

During much of the nineteenth century, whaling was one of America's major industries, reaching to the farthest corners of of the globe; and New Bedford, Mass. was its epicenter. The New Bedford Whaling Museum plans to interpret this compelling story in a long-term core exhibition, "From Pursuit to Preservation: the Global Story of Whales and Whaling." The exhibition will take full advantage of the ever-present human fascination with whales to explore a series of humanities themes relating to both American and world history. The exhibition is designed to incorporate a variety of presentation techniques and media to attract and engage a wide range of audiences. Scheduled to open in 2009, it will include more than 700 objects drawn from the Museum's rich and extensive collections that will be installed in a series of linked galleries totaling 20,000 square feet. The Museum is requesting an implementation grant of $350,000; the core exhibition's total cost is estimated at $3.5 million.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Historic Places: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2006 – 9/30/2009


PA-50516-04

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Michael A. Jehle (Project Director: May 2003 to October 2005)
General Preservation Assessment to Preserve Ethnography Collection

A general preservation assessment of the museum's ethnographic collection of 925 artifacts related to the Oceanic and Northern Pacific expeditions by nineteenth-century Yankee whalers, and a more detailed conservation assessment of 120 objects that will be installed in the museum's core exhibit in 2005.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2004 – 6/30/2005


GM-50024-03

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Michael A. Jehle (Project Director: September 2002 to September 2004)
Whaling History Core Exhibition Planning

Planning of a permanent exhibition with related public and educational programs about the impact of whaling on United States social and economic history, technology, literature, and art.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2003 – 5/31/2004