A National Maritime Heritage Preservation Grant, entitled ‘The cleaning, preservation, and the public display of fresnel lighthouse lenses,’ has been awarded to the Mason County Historical Society for its new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. Dr. Rick Plummer, Executive Director for the historical society, announced the grant Tuesday. The grant, in the amount of $52,335, has been awarded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, through the National Park Service. The preservation grant was awarded after a thorough review and comment by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and evaluation by the National Maritime Heritage grant panel, according to Dr. Plummer. Mason County Historical Society has two historically significant fresnel lenses from area lighthouses which will be prominently exhibited at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. The museum is set to open in May, 2017.