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Mystic Seaport receives $736,000 grant to fund ship restoration, photo preservation

September 26, 2018

Mystic — Mystic Seaport Museum has announced that it has received two grants totaling 4.8 million was awarded to fund 16 projects in 12 states. The grants are awarded to “support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections throughout the country,” according to the museum.

“We are very grateful for this support because these generous awards recognize the importance of maritime history to the American story and the value the L.A. Dunton and the Rosenfeld Collection have in that narrative,” musuem President Steve White said. “These funds will save important pieces of history that are truly American treasures and which have a positive impact on the surrounding community.”

Built in 1921 in Essex, Mass., the 123-foot-long L.A. Dunton is one of the last surviving examples of the Grand Banks fishing schooners and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The museum said the grant of 244,417 will fund the restoration, digitization and rehousing of selected cellulose diacetate negatives from the Rosenfeld collection, which have been affected by a form of acetate film base deterioration. The grant will enable the Museum to preserve 3,500 affected negatives.

The Rosenfeld Collection is the largest archive of maritime photographs in the United States.

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