Maine Maritime Museum Awarded $85,000 in Grants
In recent weeks, Maine Maritime Museum was awarded three grants totaling more than $85,000, including a $50,000 National Maritime Heritage Grant, which will help fund a new, immersive exhibit anticipated to open summer 2017.
Into the Lantern, a full-scale replication of the Cape Elizabeth Two Lights lighthouse tower lantern room, will allow visitors to see the original second-order Fresnel lens from the west tower at Two Lights and experience the environment of the lantern room through time-lapsed video projections featuring a panorama of the Gulf of Maine that will change with the weather and seasons. This exhibit will be the first of its kind anywhere.
The museum also received a $35,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation in memory of U.S. Navy Commander Raymond G. Spruce to fund the purchase of new chairs for Long Reach Hall, and a $1,500 grant from the West Marine – BlueFuture Fund to help support the museum’s Discovery Boatbuilding Program.
These grants are critical in advancing the museum’s mission of preserving Maine’s unique maritime culture and educating people about the significance of Maine’s maritime heritage. The awards reflect a vote of confidence in the work the museum is doing to preserve and celebrate this unique facet of Maine’s culture.
“Our maritime heritage is deeply important both culturally and economically, and we’re incredibly grateful for the financial support that enables us to continue to offer a world-class experience to visitors from around the world,” said Executive Director Amy Lent.