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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (Austin, TX 78701-1342)
David Denney (Project Director: January 2011 to October 2015)
Margaret Mary Koch (Project Director: October 2015 to March 2016)

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants
Public Programs

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$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 9/30/2015

La Belle Shipwreck Project

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.