News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 10, 2018
DAR awards grant to Castine Historical Society

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced recently that the organization will donate $5,000 to the Castine Historical Society to assist in funding the Historical Society’s 2019/20 exhibition, “Risky Business: Castine Shipping 1820-1870.” Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Majabigwaduce Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Brooksville.

The Historical Society will work with an exhibit designer to plan an educational history exhibit focused on the 19th century realities of transporting cargo around the world in Castine-built ships. Through first-hand accounts, art, documents, and artifacts, this interactive exhibit will invite visitors of all ages to set aside nostalgic notions of seafaring life in the age of sail. Instead they will grapple with the risks, hardships, and rewards experienced by ship owners, captains, crews, and families.

“We are thrilled to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR,” Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director of the Castine Historical Society, said in a news release. “We realize that our grant is just one of many that they made this year to preserve our nation’s history. We feel fortunate that they have chosen to fund our exhibition on Castine’s international role in maritime shipping.”

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism. The DAR receives hundreds of grant applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the nonprofit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, and include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant.