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Ernestina Receives Major Grant

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Dear Friends of Ernestina,

I am pleased to let you know that this afternoon, Senator Kerry, in conjunction with Senator Kennedy and Congressman Frank, is announcing that Ernestina is the recipient of a federal matching grant of $500,000 from Save America's Treasures!

This is just the beginning folks. Other efforts are taking place behind the scenes so there will be more forthcoming. The goal is to have her in the yards by late spring. Surveys of the mechanical and electrical systems are being scheduled for next week with the rigging scheduled for after the first of the New Year.

Below is the release issued by the NPS...Ernestina is prominently featured. Kudos to Celeste Bernardo for spearheading this effort. Happy Holidays my friends.

Best regards,

Paul J. Brawley
Executive Director
Schooner Ernestina
New Bedford State Pier
PO Box 2010
New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
508-992-4900 (office)
508-272-2757 (cell)
508-984-7719 (fax)

National Park Service
News Release

Immediate Release – December 12, 2007

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program Announces
$7.6 Million in Awards
Innovative federal/private partnership funds the preservation and
conservation of the U.S’s irreplaceable and endangered historic properties,
sites, documents, artistic works and artifacts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the
Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS), jointly announced
the awarding of $7.6 million in federal competitive Save America’s
Treasures (SAT) grants, which are made in collaboration with the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),
and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With these funds,
31 organizations and agencies will act to conserve significant U.S.
cultural and historic treasures, which illustrate, interpret and are
associated with the great events, ideas, and individuals that contribute to
our nation’s history and culture.

Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the
Humanities, said, “President Bush and I want to ensure that our historic
properties, artifacts and communities throughout the nation continue to be
preserved and enjoyed by future generations. Through Save America’s
Treasures and the Preserve America Initiative, we promote cultural and
natural preservation, and encourage greater appreciation of our national

More than 100 years ago, Grand Banks schooners were a common sight in New
England ports. Today, the Schooner Ernestina, which also played a role in
the exploration of the Arctic, is one of the last of these graceful fishing
vessels. She is one example of the exceptional artifacts that will be
restored with an award from Save America’s Treasures and, in this case, the
SAT funds will allow her to again provide first-hand experiences to
students and adults on America’s Age of Sail. The Ernestina like every SAT
project is at-risk of being lost, whether to structural decay, rot, water
damage or a host of other threats, but with these funds these cultural and
historic treasures can continue to contribute to our national narrative.

The list of this year’s awards and the variety of each project’s
contributions to our national narrative is compelling. Outstanding National
Historic Landmarks, such as the Race Street Meeting House in Philadelphia,
which served as an important platform for 19th century women activists;
fragile artistic treasures such as the choreographic works of Martha Graham
and the musical legacy of Leonard Bernstein; and the Rev. R.O Taylor
collection which a opens a rare window on the lives of African-Americans in
South from the 1920s to 1950s, are just a few examples of the breadth of
the American experience and creative genius represented in this year’s

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne congratulated the 31 recipients
of the Save America’s Treasures awards saying, “Save America’s Treasures
draws its strength from a long tradition of public-private partnerships. No
other federal grant program addresses the preservation of the whole
diversity of our national experience from restoring sites and structures to
conserving historic documents and artistic works -- all of which are
represented in this year’s awards.”

Each year Save America’s Treasures awards draws on the cross-disciplinary
expertise of an innovative partnership between the federal cultural
agencies (NEA, NEH, and IMLS) and the National Park Service, which
administers the program in collaboration with the President’s Committee, to
evaluate and recommend awards. The SAT grantees benefit from the program’s
private partner, Save America’s Treasures at the National Trust for
Historic Preservation, and its fundraising efforts, which help projects
secure the required private match, as well as their assistance to a host of
SAT grantees and preservation projects all across the country.

“Save America’s Treasures represents an exceptional process that blends the
best expertise of our federal cultural partners and the National Park
Service to select and recommend projects of exceptional value to our
nation’s cultural and historic legacy. With the support of Congress and the
White House, this program exemplifies what the public and private sector
can accomplish together in preserving these pre-eminent symbols of our
democracy and cultural values,” says Adair Margo, Chairman of the
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

No other federal grant program has the responsibility for preserving,
conserving and rescuing our nation's most significant cultural and heritage
resources. Each of the federal partners oversees the awards to projects
that reflect their own missions. This year sixteen projects focusing on
structures and sites will be administered by the National Park Service and
the remaining fifteen projects will be allocated across the NEA, NEH and
IMLS. For the cultural agencies the projects illustrate diverse themes,
ideas, artistry and subjects from the conservation of American
Impressionist J. Alden Weir paintings (NEA) to the preservation of rare
journals at the Chicago Botanical Garden (NEH) to a restoration of a civil
engineering artifact, D&RG Steam Locomotive (IMLS).

“The NEA is pleased to join our partner agencies in congratulating these
awardees whose work helps preserve our nation's artistic and cultural
heritage, said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "Save America's Treasures grants
not only protect the irreplaceable, but also allow us to build our future
by preserving our past,” said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia.

NEH Chairman Bruce Cole said, “The preservation and conservation of
materials documenting our nation’s rich history and culture is essential to
ensure they will be available for posterity. This year’s Save America’s
Treasures grants will allow archivists to protect, repair, and restore
their most endangered documents, photographs, and films. Many of these
priceless collections will also be preserved digitally. The NEH is proud to
support this effort to make America’s cultural treasures accessible for
current and future generations.”

“Our nation’s collections are at risk and we must act now to protect them,”
said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, Save America’s Treasures makes a significant contribution to
IMLS’ and our nation’s efforts in preserving fragile and irreplaceable
artifacts, records, photographs and other cultural treasures, which broaden
our knowledge of who we are, where we come from and where we are going.

PCAH Executive Director Henry Moran indicated, “The private sector plays a
significant role in the success of Save America’s Treasures. Each award
encourages private sector investment through its requirement of a 1:1 match
with nonfederal funds. As the SAT’s private sector partner, the Save
America’s Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation assists
many of these federal SAT grantees in raising required matching funds, more
than $52 million since the program began.”

National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe said, “As
the private partner in this model public-private partnership, the National
Trust for Historic Preservation has had the satisfaction of joining the
National Park Service and our federal cultural agencies to preserve and
protect our heritage of structures, monuments and collections. We look
forward to continuing this joint venture for years to come.”

In 2007, Save America’s Treasures received 340 grant applications from
eligible federal agencies; state, local, and tribal governments; and
nonprofit organizations. A panel of federal experts representing
preservation and conservation disciplines reviewed the applications and
made final recommendations to the Secretary of Interior. To be successful
each applicant project must be of national significance, demonstrate an
urgent preservation need, make the case as to how they will address the
threat, and demonstrate the likely availability of non-federal matching

Since FY 1999, 832 grants (378 earmarks and 454 competitive grants) have
been awarded to preserve nationally significant and endangered historic
buildings, structures, places, collections, artifacts and artistic works.
To date, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Midway
Island have received grants.

Additional information on the Save America’s Treasures program can be found
on the PCAH Web site at, the NPS Web site at
http://www.nps/history/treasures, or by contacting the NPS at 202-513-7270,
ext. 6.