Preserving Maritime America: A Cultural History of the Nation's Great Maritime Museums (Public History in Historical Perspective) (Paperback)

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The United States has long been dependent on the seas, but Americans know little about their maritime history. While Britain and other countries have established national museums to nurture their seagoing traditions, America has left that responsibility to private institutions. In this first-of-its-kind history, James M. Lindgren focuses on a half-dozen of these great museums, ranging from Salem's East India Marine Society, founded in 1799, to San Francisco's Maritime Museum and New York's South Street Seaport Museum, which were established in recent decades.

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.

About the Author


JAMES M. LINDGREN is professor of history at the State University of New York Plattsburgh.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781625344632
ISBN-10: 1625344635
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: November 26th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Public History in Historical Perspective