Preserving Maritime America
A Cultural History of the Nation's Great Maritime Museums
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Begun by activists with unique agendas—whether overseas empire, economic redevelopment, or cultural preservation—these museums have displayed the nation’s complex interrelationship with the sea. Yet they all faced chronic shortfalls, as policymakers, corporations, and everyday citizens failed to appreciate the oceans’ formative environment. Preserving Maritime America shows how these institutions shifted course to remain solvent and relevant and demonstrates how their stories tell of the nation’s rise and decline as a commercial maritime power.
"For those interested in the nuts-and-bolts, behind-the-scenes, down-and-dirty stories of maritime museums, James M. Lindgren has created six powerful dramas."—Joel Stone, senior curator at the Detroit Historical Society and editor of Interpreting Maritime History at Museums and Historic Sites
“A welcome addition and invaluable reference to museum leaders, public historians, and scholars interested in maritime history, oceanic studies, and history and memory.” —The New England Quarterly
“There is much to admire in this book . . . Preserving Maritime America serves as the important link between an interested, but often unknowledgeable, public and professionally trained historians and curators about what it means to be a maritime nation, the importance of preservation, and the role museums play in bridging this divide.” —Nautical Research Journal
"Preserving Maritime America is a sophisticated book based on extensive archival research by one of our field’s leading scholars. It will appeal to museum and historic preservation professionals as well as maritime historians. . . Because it traces multiple themes across multiple case studies, this well-written volume will work quite well in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in public history, museology, and historic preservation, among others."—The Public Historian