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Museums receive legislative grants
Jan 28, 2014

Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) has presented a $1,300 legislative grant to the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc., and a $900 legislative grant to the Quonset Air Museum.

The Saratoga Foundation is an all-volunteer group working to convert the retired Navy aircraft carrier into a nonprofit floating museum, attraction and technology center at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station.

The foundation intends to use the legislative grant obtained by Sen. Sheehan to help offset consultant costs for technical and engineering work necessary for the group’s application to the U.S. Navy on the analysis of aircraft carrier relocation project.

The Quonset Air Museum, at 488 Eccleston Ave., North Kingstown, was founded in 1992 and is housed on three acres in an original Naval Air Station hangar built in 1945. The museum was established to educate the public about the state’s rich aviation legacy and to display collections that document Rhode Island’s contributions to the growth and development of aviation and space exploration.

The museum operators intend to use the legislative grant for ongoing repairs and restoration work at the facility.

“These two institutions are working to preserve important aspects of our state’s history and to bring that history alive for our citizens,” said Sen. Sheehan. “I am happy to be able to obtain these grants to support those efforts.”

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