The goal of the project is to create the Maritime Connecticut Corridor, an interactive clearinghouse of scholarship about maritime heritage and the current maritime world in Connecticut. The Corridor is emerging with collaborators within the CT maritime community who are developing a series of maritime "trails".
The trails highlight sets of maritime locations, attractions, and events along the Connecticut coast and provide richly detailed content to educate the user on the significance of each location. The trails include a variety of museums, coastal parks and beaches, historical sites, working waterfronts, ferries, aquaculture operations, lighthouses, marine research institutions, and other maritime locales.
Content are made available through a website portal and a smartphone/tablet app that presents themed information “trails” on Connecticut’s maritime heritage and resources based on Story Maps created by University of Connecticut faculty and students.
Attention to geographic, economic, and environmental issues relating to the human-nature intersection of Connecticut’s maritime waterways complements the project’s cultural and historical dimensions. This project seeks to develop the Corridor through a wide range of research on new maritime topics, and continued research on existing maritime topics.
The Maritime Connecticut Corridor project is also being developed through a regular series of topically focused workshops.