Housing, Facilities, Logistics
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 2018, the shipyard will be engaged in rebuilding Mayflower II, the replica of the original vessel that brought the Separatists to present day Plymouth, Massachusetts. The museum will also be hosting Draken Harald Harfagre a precise replica of a Viking long ship that was sailed across the Atlantic in 2016.
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 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 and the Mystic River. These nineteenth-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: $720 for a double or $1,040 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. Details on travel can be found on our website.
Stipend: The stipend for NEH Fellows is $3,300, for the four-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.