Keynote Address: Dollars for Ships and Heritage

Dollars for Ships and Heritage

Dollars for Ships and Heritage

Funding for America’s diverse maritime heritage community is best addressed at the national level. After a concerted effort by the heritage community, a competitive public grant program was established with the passage by Congress of the National Maritime Heritage Act in 1994. It has generated more than $7 million for maritime heritage grants. But the Act was amended and the funds diverted. This began a six-year effort to change the law and restore the program and funding-a fight that the maritime heritage community has just won.

Presented by

Tim Runyan
Tim Runyan

Dr. Timothy J. Runyan is Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Honors College at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. For nine years, he was director of the graduate program in maritime history and underwater archaeology. From 2007-10 he served as Acting Manager of the Maritime Heritage Program, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Runyan received his PhD from the University of Maryland; a fellowship supported two years of research in London. His academic career includes appointments at Cleveland State University, Oberlin College, and East Carolina University. Publications include books, articles and research reports. He served as editor of the scholarly journal American Neptune, published at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Runyan is chair of the editorial advisory board of Sea History, published by the National Maritime Historical Society.

Runyan is a founder and trustee emeritus of the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He led the effort to preserve the 1925-built, 618-foot Steamship William G. Mather, as a museum ship on the Cleveland lakefront. He is past president of the Great Lakes Historical Society which operates the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. He is chair of the National Maritime Alliance, a leading advocate for maritime heritage that has secured millions of dollars for a public grants program. The Alliance also organizes the triennial national Maritime Heritage Conferences. A scuba diver, Runyan has participated in several underwater archaeology projects. He was a principal investigator in the survey and identification of the Russian-American Company barque Kad’yakthat sank in 1860 off Kodiak, Alaska. It is the oldest shipwreck found in Alaska, and the only Russian-American Company ship discovered. He was recently presented the K. Jack Bauer Award by the North American Society for Oceanic History.




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