1997 Ernestina's website received a prestigious Massachusetts
Interactive Media Council (MIMC)
award. The Ernestina was featured in the Catalogue for
Philanthropy. The legislature dedicated $125,000 to Ernestina
operations for the first time. Portraits of a Port Summer Content Institute was
established thanks to a grant from the MA Department of
CATALOGUE FOR PHILANTHROPY
There has been concern for some time among philanthropists that charitable giving needs strengthening in New England. It turns out that all the New England states rank in the lowest 30% when compared to other states. This past June the Boston-based Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) published a national survey on promoting philanthropy that called for new practical ideas. The Ellis L. Phillips Foundation took up the challenge with a unique solution: A Catalogue for Philanthropy. Schooner Ernestina responded to the RFP through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts along with 414 other charities and was accepted for inclusion in the catalogue! The catalogue includes 79 other organizations and appeared in 300,000 homes in November and December.
ERNESTINA WEB SITE: Finalist for MIMC Award
Schooner Ernestina’s Web Site, An Expedition of Discovery, developed by Swanzey and Associates of Manchester, MA has been selected as a finalist in the Non-Profit category for the 1997 MA Interactive Media Council (MIMIC) Awards. The awards are the only competition recognizing leading edge internet and multimedia applications and enabling technologies designed, produced or developed in New England. With a total of 26 finalists in 8 categories, winners were announced on August 12 at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the DCI Internet Expo at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Entries were judged by an impressive showing of industry leaders with experience in the field of interactive media, including business professionals, academics, publishers and distributors, and technological developers. "We received 75 percent more entries this year and the caliber of work was just outstanding," said Cory Brown of the Multimedia Group, a co-chair of the 1997 MIMC Awards. Sponsors of the 1997 MIMC Awards include Fleet Bank High Technology Group, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computer, Acme Digital Lab, Coopers & Lyband, MacTemps, Strategic Interactive Group, Peabody & Brown, Weber Public Relations Worldwide, Thunder House and OAK. MIMC is an industry networking, education and advocacy organization founded in 1995 to assist in building the interactive media industry.
ISTEA FUNDS RESTORE Ernestina’s Hull & SendTopmasts Aloft
This spring the Schooner Ernestina received a $125,000 federal grant authorized by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). This grant, received through the Transportation Enhancement Program administered by the Massachusetts Highway Department, enabled the Schooner Ernestina to complete extensive plank replacement on the hull and remove a 3/16" fiberglass sheathing installed in Mindelo, Cape Verde in the late 70’s. The work was completed in April at D.N. Kelley and Son Shipyard in Fairhaven by Tony Marques and his fast and able crew of shipwrights and caulkers. The grant also included the fabrication and installation of two forty-six foot topmasts and three new topsails not regularly flown on Ernestina since the 1920’s. The topmasts, fabricated by Leon Poindexter early this summer and installed by the crew, were in time for the USS Constitution’s historic sail in late July. The main topmast extends the Ernestina’s overall mast height to 121’ and supports upper sails that increase her wind catching capacity by 37%. The grant also provided funds for the purchase of two gangways for safer access onto and off the ship from Tonnessen Park in New Bedford and modifications below decks for facilitating the educational programs.
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