Mystic Seaport

Campus and Community: Mystic Seaport is located on the banks of the Mystic River, in Mystic, Connecticut. The Museum is located on the site of a 19th-century shipyard, and includes an historic village setting, numerous exhibit galleries, an expansive research library and collections center, as well as the only existing historic preservation shipyard where the skills and knowledge of the past are applied to traditional watercraft.

During the summer of 2014, the world’s only surviving wooden whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan, was engages in an historic 38th Voyage that took her to her numerous seaports on the New England coast.  The Museum’s new exhibit, “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers”, was inspired by that voyage and will be thoroughly considered by the participants

Mystic, Connecticut is located in the southeastern corner of the state where the waters of Long Island Sound meet the North Atlantic. As such, the greater Mystic area has a long history of maritime activity, from colonial shipbuilding, fishing, whaling, and merchant trade to the current presence of nuclear submarine construction and operations. The University of Connecticut’s maritime campus and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are a short drive away.

Johnston HouseAccommodations: Between four and seven participants will live in each of four historic houses adjacent to Mystic Seaport and the Mystic River. These 19th-century homes, where shipbuilders, mill workers, and fishermen once lived, are now equipped with high-speed Internet connections, microwaves, and the furnishings and comforts of a modest, modern home. Some rooms are single rooms, while others are doubles. Common spaces, kitchen, dining room, and living room are shared by all house residents and require accommodation and cooperation among housemates. The houses also serve as the foundation for the growing collegial community that blossoms during a summer institute.

The rooming rate will be: $900 for a double or $1,300 for a single as available.

Directions:  Mystic is located midway between New York City and Boston. Interstate 95 passes within a half mile of the Museum, while AMTRAK stops downtown, and is within walking distance. View travel details.

Stipend:  The stipend for NEH Fellows is $3,900, for the five-week institute. These funds should comfortably cover travel expenses, housing and food for the summer session.  Books and other resources are also to be purchased with stipend monies.