Maritime Museum of San Diego Receives a 2017 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for San Salvador Project

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maritime Museum of San Diego, with an international reputation for
excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels, is
a recipient of a 2017 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. This honor
is bestowed upon projects and individuals whose contributions
demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of
California. As one of only eight award recipients, the award
acknowledges the Museum’s excellence in preserving treasured resources,
traditions, and histories.

Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum
of San Diego, accepted the award at a presentation that took place
Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Sacramento, California. “We’re honored by
the office of the Governor, State Parks of California and especially
given the other individuals and organizations through the years
recognized by this award,” stated Dr. Ashley. “What is of equal
importance is that the Governor recognizes The Galleon: San Salvador:
Creating a Seaworthy Replica of California’s Ship of Origin
project is of vital importance to the state.”

The Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards program, according to State
Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, “recognizes California
efforts that reflect the spirit and promise of preservation embodied in
the [National Historic Preservation] Act, sustain communities, and help
set California on a good path for the next fifty years.”

Today visitors to Maritime Museum of San Diego can explore San
dockside, step aboard for a 4-hour day sail experience and
reserve an adventure at sea during the multi-year Pacific Heritage Tour,
which began in fall of 2016. In the last two years of the tour Museum
staff, volunteers and crew have sailed San Salvador and displayed
the visiting vessel and exhibit at California Coastal destinations
including Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, Monterey State
Historic CA Parks at Fisherman’s Wharf, Morro Bay Maritime Museum
(formerly Central Coast Maritime Museum Association), Santa Barbara
Maritime Museum, and in San Pedro at Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

Pacific Heritage Tour Adventure Sailing at Sea passengers also have
opportunities to spend several days and nights aboard San Salvador
departing from collaborating destinations to the Channel Islands and
returning to San Diego.

Maritime Museum of San Diego Vice President Susan Sirota added, “It’s
such a compliment to be recognized for a project that so many people
contributed to. When you bring together volunteers, staff, the
community, donors, and passionate skilled professionals, just look what
you can create.”

The Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards Program was established in
1986 by Governor George Deukmejian and is distinguished from other
preservation awards in two important respects: It emphasizes involvement
by community groups, and it recognizes a broad array of preservation

Award recipients are selected by an independent jury of distinguished
professionals representing a cross-section of disciplines in the field
of historic preservation.

About Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a
world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats,
and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The
501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for
excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels
including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime
Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions
offering self-guided tours, docent-guided group tours, tall ship
charters, year-round public events, educational programs, and a
distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily
along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San
Diego, CA 92101-3309.


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