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Directors Letter:

We invite you to sail back in time with us as we investigate “Empires of the Wind: American Pacific Maritime Beginnings” in a five day teacher workshop supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop program. If you ever dreamed about sailing into the past, this is your opportunity to join a crew made up of distinguished university professors and noted historians as we navigate through 400 years of West Coast history while exploring one of the world’s greatest collections of historic vessels, rare museum gallery exhibits, and historic sites in San Diego.

The week will be spent investigating new ways of thinking about the Pacific and its role in the American story. Sixty-five years before the settlement at Jamestown and seventy-eight years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, European sailing ships were busy exploring and charting the West Coast. Long before the wagon trains moved across the plains, Americans were establishing themselves in their own seaborne empires stretching from Alta California and the Oregon Territory to China. Where are these stories? Who were the players? What were their motivations? And what legacy did they leave behind that shapes our country today?

This unique workshop is offered June 21-26 or August 2-7, 2015. Every day leading academics will conduct lectures aboard the fleet of historic landmark ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The workshop culminates with an at-sea sailing adventure aboard the 145 ft. official state tall ship, Californian.

This website provides a program overview including the faculty, the venue, field trips, and information about stipends, housing, and transportation. Most important, the website will provide a link to the 2015 NEH Applicant Guidelines. Completed applications are submitted to the Project Director at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, not the NEH, and must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on March 30, 2015, and they will have until April 3, 2015 to accept or decline the offer.

We look forward to sailing with you!
Raymond Ashley,
Project Director
President, Maritime Museum of San Diego

Susan Sirota,
Project Co-director


To find out more about the NEH Landmarks teacher workshop, please contact the Program Coordinator, Susan Sirota, Education Director of the Maritime Museum of San Diego (619) 234-9153 x126.

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Useful links:
• Application cover sheet
• Eligibility criteria
• Principles of Civility

Equal Opportunity Statement Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/6068282 (for the hearing impaired only).

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in Empires of the Wind: American Pacific Maritime Beginnings teacher workshop do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.