Ernestina awarded SAT grant, yard planned for Spring

Dear Friends of Ernestina,

I am pleased to let you know that this afternoon, Senator Kerry, in conjunction with Senator Kennedy and Congressman Frank, is announcing that Ernestina is the recipient of a federal matching grant of $500,000 from Save America's Treasures!

This is just the beginning folks. Other efforts are taking place behind the scenes so there will be more forthcoming. The goal is to have her in the yards by late spring. Surveys of the mechanical and electrical systems are being scheduled for next week with the rigging scheduled for after the first of the New Year.

Below is the release issued by the NPS...Ernestina is prominently featured. Kudos to Celeste Bernardo for spearheading this effort. Happy Holidays my friends.

Best regards,

Paul J. Brawley
Executive Director
Schooner Ernestina
New Bedford State Pier
PO Box 2010
New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
508-992-4900 (office)
508-272-2757 (cell)
508-984-7719 (fax)

National Park Service
News Release

Immediate Release – December 12, 2007

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program Announces $7.6 Million in Awards Innovative federal/private partnership funds the preservation and
conservation of the U.S’s rreplaceable and endangered historic properties, sites, documents, artistic works and artifacts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – "Today, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS), jointly announced
the awarding of $7.6 million in federal competitive Save America’s
Treasures (SAT) grants, which are made in collaboration with the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),
and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With these funds,31 organizations and agencies will act to conserve significant U.S.
cultural and historic treasures, which illustrate, interpret and are
associated with the great events, ideas, and individuals that contribute to our nation’s history and culture.

"More than 100 years ago, Grand Banks schooners were a common sight in New
England ports. Today, the Schooner Ernestina, which also played a role in
the exploration of the Arctic, is one of the last of these graceful fishing
vessels. She is one example of the exceptional artifacts that will be
restored with an award from Save America’s Treasures and, in this case, the SAT funds will allow her to again provide first-hand experiences to
students and adults on America’s Age of Sail. The Ernestina like every SAT
project is at-risk of being lost, whether to structural decay, rot, water
damage or a host of other threats, but with these funds these cultural and
historic treasures can continue to contribute to our national narrative.

“Save America’s Treasures represents an exceptional process that blends the
best expertise of our federal cultural partners and the National Park
Service to select and recommend projects of exceptional value to our
nation’s cultural and historic legacy. With the support of Congress and the
White House, this program exemplifies what the public and private sector
can accomplish together in preserving these pre-eminent symbols of our
democracy and cultural values,” says Adair Margo, Chairman of the
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Additional information on the Save America’s Treasures program can be found
on the PCAH Web site at, the NPS Web site at
http://www.nps/history/treasures, or by contacting the NPS at 202-513-7270,
ext. 6.