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Courtney Announces more than $80,000 for Mystic Seaport Digital Archive Project

September 6, 2013
Press Release

Norwich—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced that Mystic Seaport will receive a competitive matching grant of $80,343 through the Museums for America program to help fund a project to digitally catalog nearly 5,000 historical objects, documents, and photographs. The selected artifacts will be incorporated into an online learning project for students and teachers, as well as programming related to the recent launch and planned 2014 voyage of Mystic Seaport’s flagship, the Charles W. Morgan.

“This grant will assist one of our district’s most important historical institutions in creating a permanent database of significant artifacts from New England’s maritime heritage,” Courtney said. “By creating an electronic archive, Mystic Seaport will preserve these important pieces of our history and give students around the world access to Connecticut treasures. As the Charles W. Morgan embarks on a voyage to share New England’s whaling history, this archive will be a valuable tool for Mystic Seaport to bring that history to life.”

“The significance of any historical artifact lies in the story it can relate to future generations, which makes the ability to share those stories critical to our mission to foster an enduring connection to the American maritime experience,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport. “This grant will make available an important body of material that is presently not accessible, and will also support valuable new research, education, and museum programs and exhibits in a variety of disciplines.”