As part of its ongoing mission, the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame holds programs throughout the year. These include our sailing school, which instructs adults and youth in seamanship; our lecture series, providing informative speakers to a receptive public audience; and the Classic Yacht Symposia, which bring together expert papers on a variety of subjects regarding classic yacht construction and restoration. In addition, changing exhibits within the museum offer new learning opportunities for our many visitors.
Year-End Efforts Enable The Herreshoff Marine Museum to Meet Education Challenge
We are very pleased to announce that the Museum has successfully met the challenge issued by a very generous anonymous donor and earned a $50,000 matching grant. The challenge was announced last March at the first annual Frostbiter’s Bash: contributions by individuals to our educational programs this year would be matched up to a total of $50,000. We were pushed over the top by contributions received on the day of our annual holiday party, making our celebration particularly jolly.
The funds will enable us to better support our educational efforts such as the well-regarded sailing school, our after-school introduction to wooden boat building for middle school students, development of stronger curricula for our collaboration with Bristol-Warren schools to provide real-life experiences in science, technology, engineering and math subjects, and improving the educational content in our exhibits. We also hope to expand staff in the education area and to offer adult oriented short courses in boat maintenance and model making.
We are very grateful to all of you who donated to this challenge, as well as to our anonymous donor.