Arts, Culture, and Humanities

USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc.

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

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Frank Lennon

Main address

37 Cathedral Ave PO Box 28581

Providence, RI 02908

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EIN

59-3258175

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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

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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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Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 2000

Financials

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USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/27/2009
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Francis L Lennon

USS Saratoga Museum Foundation

William E. Sheridan Secretary

RADM Donald Weiss USN (Ret) Director

JoAnn Engelhardt Director

Francis L. Lennon President/Treasurer

Brad Senter Vice President

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