USS SlaterAlbany, N.Y. – The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum has received a $200,000 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) through the National Maritime Heritage (NMH) grant program, for the repair of USS SLATER’s mast and hull. Thirty-four of these grants totaling $2.6 million were awarded in collaboration with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). With these funds, organizations and agencies conduct education and preservation projects designed to preserve historic maritime resources and to increase public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States.

Museum Executive Director Timothy Rizzuto said, "We are thrilled to receive this award, especially since our application was funded to the highest amount any institution may receive in the Maritime Heritage Program. This is the first Federal grant the project has received since USS SLATER arrived in New York from Greece in 1993. The award is a tribute to all the volunteers and members who have worked so hard to restore and maintain this ship."

For more information on this project please contact Timothy Rizzuto at 518-431-1943. For questions regarding the NMH grant program, or to comment on this or any other proposed NMH grant project, please contact Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, National Maritime Heritage Program Manager, at

(202) 354-2266.

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CONTACT: Rosehn Gipe, Marketing Coordinator, 518-431-1943