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The Mission of the Foundation is to develop and implement preservation, restoration and public education programs for the QUEEN MARY, gathering financing for these programs via various fund-raising campaigns in a manner that allows the QUEEN MARY's many constituents the opportunity to participate in ensuring a successful future for the great ship they so love through their financial contributions, shared expertise and volunteerism.
The QUEEN MARY is an internationally recognized icon for the City of Long Beach, California. She is embraced as an historic hotel and a floating museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The ship plays host to a wide variety of visiting attractions and exhibits educating and entertaining guests from school groups to senior tours. The hotel' s adaptive use of the original passenger spaces and lounges makes each event, meeting and gathering on board an historic event for the participants. She is the sole survivor of the great days of passenger liner travel. The QUEEN MARY is a stunning example of the Art Deco style of the 1930s with original art and dÃ Â©cor throughout her decks. Her operation, maintenance and preservation are entrusted to the RMS QUEEN MARY Foundation, a DBA operating under authority of the RMS Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.The Queen Mary was launched in 1934 and recently celebrated her 72 nd anniversary of being afloat. Now a museum, attraction and hotel and convention center, the RMS QUEEN MARY Foundation supports the preservation and restoration of the ship' s art and interiors, supports the historic museum. We offer the public the opportunity to have staff research questions regarding the ship' s history using a vast collection of photos and artifacts in the QUEEN MARY archive. Common questions often center on a voyage that a friend or family member made during the liner' s sailing days. Several times each year the QUEEN MARY hosts lectures by noted historians such as Bill Miller, Peter Knego, William Flayhart, David Ellery and others who share their vast knowledge in fascinating and entertaining presentations. The information contained in the archive and collections is sought by researchers and the curious alike as a source of historical facts pertaining to passenger liner travels in a bygone era.
The QUEEN MARY has invited the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) to house its West Coast Headquarters on board. The SSHSA provides educational lectures on maritime history, often focusing on passenger travel ranging from the earliest steamships up to the newest cruise ships still under construction. SSHSA also helps with historic displays including "Rivals and Running Mates" and a model ship display featuring other liners that operated as either running mates or competitors of the QUEEN MARY. The displays and activities of the SSHSA help fill in the history of the maritime world beyond the QUEEN MARY and provides historic context in which the QUEEN MARY operated. SSHSA maintains a library for historians to use by appointment in their research for historic presentations or publications.
We also offer programs designed for needs of special audiences including school groups with a youth tour and senior groups with an ongoing program with an Elder Hostel who books groups on board two to three times per year. Additionally, we offer frequent educational outreach programs in the form of guest lectures and lecture series with expert maritime historians from around the world. Last years guest lecturers included John Christopher Butler, artist, historian and lecturer; Peter Knego, documentary producer, collector and lecturer; William Miller, celebrated author, historian and lecturer; William Flayhart, history professor, noted author and lecturer; David Ellery, author, documentary producer and lecturer. The QUEEN MARY also plays host to a variety of visiting exhibits. Currently open to guests is the Titanic Artifacts, produced by RMS Titanic, Inc. This world traveled exhibit features items salvaged from the famous wreck site making them available to view by young and old alike. Also, the photographic exhibit of George Hurrell, famous Hollywood photographer credited with inventing "glamour photography". Future plans include a showing of magician Houdini artifacts, an exhibit featuring Josephine Baker photographs and many others.
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