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GI-50351-11Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsBob Bullock Texas State History MuseumLa Belle Shipwreck Project9/1/2011 - 9/30/2015$300,000.00MargaretMaryKoch   Bob Bullock Texas State History MuseumAustinTX78701-1342USA2011History, GeneralAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs30000003000000

Implementation of a long-term installation using the explorer Robert La Salle's ship, La Belle, as the centerpiece for an examination of the history, politics, science, and cultural encounters in the region in the 17th century.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (TSHM) in partnership with the Texas Historic Commission (THC) is implementing the installation of the French ship La Belle (one of the most important shipwrecks ever discovered in North America) into the Museum for long term exhibition and interpretation. The goal of this project is to place the ship's hull into the Museum in an accessible manner that: ensures stewardship; places its preserved cargo in context; and expands our existing scope of interpretation beyond Texas. The project will continue to enhance and expand our collaboration, bringing together a particularly well qualified team of academic historians, archeologists and exhibit development practitioners who will explore not only the significance of the ship and its impact on American history, but will also formulate how these concepts, objects and story will be interpreted to the broadest possible audience.