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2012 Annual campaign

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From its inception, the Colonial Seaport Foundation has been a work in progress, a grand experiment in recreating colonial America’s rich maritime history through the construction of Luna our floating historical and environmental classroom. In preparation for Luna’s launch we continue to develop engaging educational programming. Every step along the way, we gain insights into what works and what falls short. We continuously improved our techniques, creating new programs to engage visitors and preserve America’s colonial maritime heritage. Getting it right enables us to have a beneficial and potentially lasting impact upon our visitors.

On board Luna construction is continuing with visions of sailing in her future! Our construction volunteers are tackling and completing projects each day we are on site and we have been met with a host of in kind and financial contributions. Mr. Pierre stepped forward and funded the replacement of the bow stem. As we began work on the new bow structure we soon realized the keelson, or the backbone of the ship needed to be reworked first. Our local Sea Scouts have volunteered their services to take on this project. Working on their Quartermaster projects, Joanna has taken on the keelson, and Brian is designing and fitting out the captain’s cabin windows. Our inventory of equipment is growing as well. Luna's first cannon was donated in honor of our dear friend "Taz" Crutchfield. "Taz" is light enough for us to take on the road for historical programs. A beautiful roll of Canvas arrived which will be turned into hammocks and various on board items. Luna's first sail was sponsored by Hampton Convention and Visitors Bureau and delivered in time for the Hampton Blackbeard Festival this past June. As fate would happen, a tall ship already in port has the same upper rigging as Luna will have and Meka II flew our sail with the City of Hampton logo proudly flying through the local War of 1812 Centennial events the following weekend. We simply cannot express our thanks to dedicated volunteers for their hours of work and you, our supporters for allowing us to continue bringing colonial maritime history to life.

The New Year is fast approaching and so is the opportunity to continue supporting the construction of Luna, our reproduction 18th century Bermuda sloop with a tax deductible contribution. By completing and returning the enclosed form or making a secure online donation you will ensure the continuation of our efforts.

Annual contributions can be made via Paypal to fundraising@colonialseaport.org

Checks may be mailed to:

Colonial Seaport Foundation

P.O. Box 204

Deltaville, VA. 23043

Best regards,

John Collamore

President/CEO

Colonial Seaport Foundation

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