Herreshoff museum secures teaching grant


The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame announced that the Collectors Foundation of Traverse City, Mich., awarded a $10,000 matching grant to the museum to run an after-school program teaching classic boat repair and maintenance.

The program begins this month in the complex of 19th century buildings where the Rhode Island-based Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. designed and built the boats used in the museum's sailing program.

The Herreshoff Institute runs year-round programs ashore and afloat. In 2010, the after- school mentorship program teaching classic boat repair and maintenance enrolled 15 students from East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol and Tiverton, R.I.

Youths enrolled in the program work alongside skilled adult advisers who teach the parallels between boatyard work challenges and personal growth.