Campus and Community — Mystic Seaport is located on the banks of the Mystic River, in Mystic, Connecticut. The Museum occupies the site of a 19th century shipyard, and includes an historic village setting, numerous exhibit galleries, and an extensive research library and collections center. The only historic preservation shipyard, where the skills and knowledge of the past are applied to traditional vessels, maintains Mystic Seaport’s enormous collection of watercraft.
Mystic is located in the southeastern corner of Connecticut, where the waters of Long Island Sound meet the North Atlantic. As such, the greater Mystic area has a long history of maritime activity, including shipbuilding, fishing, whaling, and merchant trade. The region now hosts the last commercial fishing fleet in the state, and is home to both a nuclear submarine base and the factory where the subs are built. The University of Connecticut’s maritime campus at Avery Point and the US Coast Guard Academy are a short drive away.
Accommodations – Between four and seven participants will live in each of four historic houses adjacent to Mystic Seaport. 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 collegial community that grows 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 mile of the museum, while AMTRAK stops downtown, 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.
About Mystic Seaport
In 1929, three men interested in preserving the maritime past of Mystic founded the Marine Historical Association. This non-profit historical association has grown into Mystic Seaport, the nation’s largest maritime museum. Several hundred thousand visitors arrive at the gates of Mystic Seaport each year, eager to learn more about the long history of America and the sea. Once on Museum grounds they are invited to explore the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard; the village of historic buildings which house workshops, store fronts and homes; and the formal exhibits where paintings on walls, ship models, and all manner of objects are displayed.
Among the visitors to the Museum every fall and spring is a small group of undergraduate students who have chosen to spend a semester of their college education at Mystic Seaport to study the sea with the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Program in Maritime Studies. This is the only undergraduate residential program at a museum in the United States, and was inspired by the Munson Institute itself.