The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will assess the use of sonar to document submerged cultural resources.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced today the awarding of $235,500, in eleven federal competitive preservation technology and training grants.

Grant recipients like the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will use funding to study side scanning sonar to create 3D images of submerged shipwrecks located in turbid waters. Through the grant program, researchers at Michigan Technological University will apply supercritical carbon dioxide to clean and conserve large iron objects from early industrial sites.

Director Jarvis praised the recipients for “bringing the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past.”

The awardees were selected and the assistance agreements will be administered by the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Center strives to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States.

The National Park Service awards these grants and agreements under Title IV of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Service received 42 complete applications for funding, which underwent peer review and a national panel review, leading to the selection of the following eleven awardees:

  • Clemson University, to investigate the applicability of ion-exchange technology for archaeological iron conservation ($24,000)
  • Cornerstone Community Partners, to establish a curriculum and certification guidelines for adobe professionals ($25,000)
  • Idaho State University, to determine the durability of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) reinforced mortars ($25,000)
  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, to assess mechanical scanning sonar in the documentation of submerged cultural resources ($25,000)
  • Michigan Technological University, to develop new methods to use supercritical CO2 and functional polymers in the conservation of industrial heritage ($25,000)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, to develop a modern field data collection system using mobile tablet computers and QR code technology ($25,000)
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery, to convene a professional symposium to explore the lost art of traditional masonry lead pointing ($8,000)
  • Princeton University, to develop a corrosion resistant surface treatment for marble ($25,000)
  • The Cultural Landscape Foundation, to develop a more user-friendly interface for What’s Out There®, a comprehensive database of historic designed landscapes ($16,000).
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife, to develop guidelines for protecting historic structures from wildfires and to provide tools to access buildings and site conditions following wildfires ($25,000)
  • University of Florida Foundation, to develop a quick and inexpensive methodology for evaluating the compatibility and durability of repairs to historic masonry ($12,500)

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