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MMM Announces Maritime Research Grant

Maine Maritime Museum houses a significant collection of more than 20,000 objects and millions of rare documents related to Maine’s maritime heritage and its direct global impact, from prehistory to the present. In addition to making its collection accessible through exhibitions and publications, the museum furthers its commitment to academic research by supporting emerging scholars through the Lincoln P. Paine Maritime Research Grant. This grant recognizes the contributions that historian, author, lecturer, and Maine Maritime Museum trustee Lincoln P. Paine has made to the understanding and appreciation of the global impact of Maine’s maritime history. It provides partial, short-term support for scholars who require the use of the museum’s collections in order to complete work on research projects, complete dissertations, or prepare work for publication.

Maine Maritime Museum seeks graduate students working on projects related to maritime culture; qualified undergraduates and independent scholars with advanced projects are welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to projects related to Maine’s role in globalization, the role of family in maritime businesses, the impact of energy and ecological resources on maritime history, the rise of Maine as a tourist destination, and how art and craftsmanship has visually defined Maine vessels, Maine people, and Maine’s coastal landscape.

Grant recipients will conduct one month of research during June through August, 2020, among the museum’s artifact and archival collections. Recipients will receive a $2,000 stipend plus off-site housing. At the conclusion, recipients will present the results of their research through a public lecture and in an article to be published in the museum’s triannual newsletter, The Rhumb Line.

The Application
• Project Proposal. This statement should include a description of the project, its significance, and its current state of progress. Not to exceed two pages.
• Curriculum Vitae
• Select Bibliography. Identify artifacts, archival collections, or other resources housed at the museum that you will consult during your grant period. Please consult the museum’s website.
• Letters of Recommendation. Two letters should accompany your application.

Please send applications to Chief Curator Christopher Timm at ctimm@maritimeme.org by April 18, 2020

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