The Stockton Historical Maritime Museum [SHMM] was recently selected for the prestigious “History Excellence Award” by the Naval History and Heritage Command [NHHC]. The award was presented to SHMM at the Historic Naval Ships Association’s Annual Conference in Albany, NY this fall.
SHMM was recognized for their work fostering the education of students at the Building Futures Academy located in Stockton, California. Their work on the USS-Lucid, the lone survivor of 65 sister ships that served in the US Navy from the 1950’s – 1990’s, is helping preserve the shipbuilding history of our community (representing the largest class of warships built in Stockton). This work is done to honor Stockton’s maritime and shipbuilding history, the men and women who labored there, and those who served aboard the small vessels that were such a big part of the US Navy.
“We are thrilled that our little museum, amongst all the great museum ships in the county, was selected to receive this award,” says Stockton Maritime Museum President, David Rajkovich, “that our efforts preserving this last remaining class of ship was recognized by our Navy’s History and Command is a tribute to our supporter's and volunteer’s determination and hard work.”
The Naval History and Heritage Command, headed by the Director of Naval History, is an Echelon II command headquartered on the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. The NHHC manages the official history program of the United States Navy, fulfilling its mission to strengthen the Navy’s effectiveness by preserving, analyzing, and interpreting the service’s hard-earned experience.