Arts, Culture, and Humanities

USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc.

  • Providence, RI
  • http://www.saratogamuseum.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve and interpret our principal artifact, the super carrier USS Saratoga, in order to educate and entertain the public while serving as a constant reminder to future generations of the sacrifices of those who have gone before. The carrier will be the principal element of a self-sufficient Education and Heritage Park that will:

•    Be an innovative family attraction with broad-based appeal, incorporating educational and recreational experiences;

•    Become an economic engine, creating jobs and generating economic impact;

•    Motivate students through innovative programming, providing them with useful skills and experiences to help them become productive members of society;

•    Educate the public about the cost of freedom; and

•    Honor veterans of all services.

Exhibit focus will be on 20th century naval and aviation history, centered on the roles played by ships named USS Saratoga, interwoven with the historical fabric of the part played by Rhode Island and Rhode Islanders in the protection of our nation. In accomplishing this mission, the Museum will become a valuable community asset, with demonstrable economic, cultural, educational and quality of life benefits.

Service Areas

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Rhode Island

While this facility will be in Rhode Island, it will serve the entire northeast region directly, and the entire country indirectly through the nationwide network of veterans who served on this ship.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer

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Mr. Frank Lennon

Keywords

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navy,heritage,carrier,ship,World War II,Vietnam,aviation, education,youth,technology,military, naval

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EIN

59-3258175

 Number

5397582629

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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2008 Accomplishments:

1. Successfully obtained and managed a federal appropriation of $282,000 to support pilot programs in workforce development. We began strategizing with our advisors and directors by asking them to brainstorm answers to the question, "What skills can we impart to a young person today that will enhance his/her chances of productive life-long employment?" Some of the answers were alternative energy, robotics, aquaculture, and even Mandarin Chinese.
2. Demonstrated our crisis management capability in conjunction with the sinking of its Russian submarine in April 2007. Leadership negotiated with the Department of Defense to raise the submarine as part of a once-in-a-career salvage opportunity for divers and other specialists. The sub was raised at no cost to the city or state.
3. Submitted application package to the Navy for the donation of the aircraft carrier on September 30. This document, more than 1000 pages long, was an update to the application submitted in 2000. It included a complete mooring plan to withstand the 100-year storm, detailed market studies and financial projections, and maintenance and operating plans.
   
2009 Objectives:

1. Obtain environmental permits needed to moor the ship at Davisville, to include raising $100,000 to pay for the last studies needed.
2. Fulfill final requirements of the Navy for donation of the shi000 cash, and $2 million in sponsorship commitments/pledges.
4. Continue to strengthen relationships with local, state and federal agencies. Especially important is our partnership with the Town of North Kingstown, our host community.
5. Identify additional funding to continue job training programs that have already borne fruit, such as the boatbuilding program at North Kingstown High School and our partnership with the Robotics program at Cranston Career and Technical Center.
6. Negotiate favorable terms for the sale of the Russian submarine for scrap.

Programs

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Program 1

The USS Saratoga Museum is tasked to educate and inform future generations about the ships and aircraft, which defended our freedom, the people who developed and built them, and the men and women who served in them. While the main portion of our programming cannot begin until we are actually in possession of the aircraft carrier, we have already launched a number of creative and innovative initiatives to ensure wide popular appeal. As an example, the Foundation established the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame, and held the inaugural inductions during its Centennial of Aviation dinner in December 2003. The November, 2007 induction was sold out for the fifth consecutive year. The Foundation also acquired a rare F9F Panther jet, the same type that Baseball hero Ted Williams flew in combat in Korea. That plane will be restored in the colors of his Marine Corps fighter squadron. This initiative has already gained the sponsorship of the Boston Red Sox and the Ted Williams Museum. Once we have possession of the ship, the USS Saratoga Museum will: -Become a true community resource: a safe haven for children, a vocational training center, and an important family recreation and entertainment destination and a facility for major special events; -Develop a significant math and science center, a living laboratory for cutting-edge computer technology and virtual reality; -Restore and maintain the USS Saratoga (CV-60), commemorating this ship, the World War II carrier (CV-3) and all previous US Naval ships named Saratoga; -Acquire, preserve, protect and interpret vintage aircraft and other artifacts relating to ship/aircraft operations and maintenance in general, and ships named Saratoga in particular; -Collect and display materials associated with Rhode Island's naval and military heroes, ships named USS Rhode Island, and ships named for any of Rhode Island's city and towns; -Restore to operational condition artifacts of significance, so they can be observed in the historical environment and context their builders and users intended; -Develop exhibitry to show what life was like during periods covered by the collection; -Create interactive exhibitry to bring alive Quonset and Saratoga's past and help anchor them firmly in the region's technological future; -Work with the neighboring Quonset Air Museum and other elements, which participate in the Park and support its mission.

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Service Areas

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Rhode Island

While this facility will be in Rhode Island, it will serve the entire northeast region directly, and the entire country indirectly through the nationwide network of veterans who served on this ship.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

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USS SARATOGA MUSEUM FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Frank Lennon

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The American taxpayer spent hundreds of millions of 1950s dollars to build this ship, and several hundred million more in 1980s dollars to completely refurbish her. Replacement cost of an aircraft carrier in today's dollars is estimated at $13.7 billion. Successful transformation of Saratoga into the community asset we propose will allow those huge investments of taxpayer dollars to continue to benefit all Americans.
Success will be determined by how well our project is attuned to the priorities and issues important to the people on whom we must depend for support. In other words, the community we serve must perceive The Saratoga Experience as relevant to their needs.
Blessed with unlimited interior space for growth and four-season use, the carrier itself is an ideal venue for activity-driven educational experiences. Saratoga's four acre flight deck, 75,000 square feet of hangar bay (with 25' overheads), and more than 3000 compartments offers unlimited opportunities for imagination to take flight.
The project will include an Education and Technology Center. The equipment in the machine shops and other repair facilities aboard this ship offer vocational training capabilities that are not only worth millions of dollars, but equal or exceed what is available anywhere else in the state.
The museum and attractions world has changed drastically over the past decade. Non-profit institutions can no longer count on endowments, donations and taxpayer subsidies to bail them out of operating losses. Earned revenue will be the key to survival in the 21st century. To be successful in today's environment, we must offer something that will appeal to everyone—not just veterans and military buffs. This venue must draw younger generations, women, children and minority groups. And it must draw them more than once.
We must overcome the perception that this will be just another military museum, one that will appeal only to old salts and a dying breed of “Greatest Generation” veterans. Instead of Saratoga BEING the museum, our Park will be an education facility, cultural center and family attraction, much of which happens to be sited on a very exciting and historic warship."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Francis L Lennon

USS Saratoga Museum Foundation

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