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The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., which gets millions of visitors annually, will be unveiling a new long-term exhibition entitled On the Water: Stories from Maritime America in 2008, in its National Museum of American History. And here’s the best part: You have a chance to help fund the exhibition and receive recognition.
On the Water will rely on private support, just like all Smithsonian exhibitions and programs have done since the 1980’s. Major donors receive “a variety of sponsorship benefits, and long-term public recognition,” says a museum rep. The exhibition will be open for a minimum of 20 years, will highlight the maritime influence on American history, and will be organized chronologically into seven sections, beginning with a glimpse of maritime life in the 17th century and continuing through the beginning of the 21st century.
Such broad topics as commercial fishing, piracy, whaling, ocean-liner transport, World War II shipbuilding and more will be covered throughout the 8,000-square-foot exhibition. Project director Paula Johnson says the project will incorporate more than 200 artifacts, 300 graphics, and many interactive video components like films and computer games that visitors can stop off at along the way. A Web site, which anyone can access, and “virtual” field trips, in which school classes can visit real-life activities aboard ship, will complement the exhibition. Additionally, a Teacher’s Package will be distributed to elementary schools across the United States.
This article originally appeared in the April 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.