Connecticut Historical Society Awarded Four Grants to Support Diverse Programs and Exhibits

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The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), a non-profit museum, research library, and education center whose mission is to inspire and foster an interest in history, today announced it has been awarded four grants to support its programs and exhibits.

The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), a non-profit museum, research library, and education center whose mission is to inspire and foster an interest in history, today announced it has been awarded four grants to support its programs and exhibits.

CHS received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) (http://www.nea.gov), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) (http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/), CT Humanities Council (CHC) (http://www.ctculture.org) and a joint grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council (http://www.letsgoarts.org) and CT Humanities Council (http://www.ctculture.org).

“We are so grateful for the support of these organizations,” said Kate Steinway, Executive Director, Connecticut Historical Society. “These funds will allow us to increase our impact on the community and continue bringing dynamic programs and exhibits into the Historical Society.”

The grants awarded to CHS will help support a diverse range of programs and exhibits. The Connecticut Humanities Council grant provides $45,000 in funding to build a heritage audience for the future through History Day in Connecticut, a program that will be run in collaboration with Connecticut’s Old State House. History Day in Connecticut is part of the National History Day Program, which engages students in the process of researching and interpreting a historical topic of their choice related to an annual theme.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a $25,000 grant in support of the early American needlework exhibit and publication, Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840. The exhibit will open October 5, 2010 and run through March 26, 2011. The exhibit and publication have also been generously funded by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant provides $95,004 in funding to support online access to previously uncatalogued manuscript collections.

The joint grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and CT Humanities Council provided Year IV funding of $5,850 to partially support the Coordinator of Youth & Family Programs.

The Connecticut Historical Society is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. To learn more, visit http://www.chs.org.

About Connecticut Historical Society:
Established in 1825, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, and education center connecting the past with the present and providing a guide for the future. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished collections in New England. CHS is home to one of the most comprehensive research libraries in the State, helping people to discover their own family stories, towns and relationships to the greater community. CHS is also one of the State’s largest providers of museum education programs for school, youth and community groups and offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for both students and their families. In addition to its own collection, CHS showcases a variety of exhibits, guest speakers and programs throughout the year. To learn more, visit http://www.chs.org or call 860.236.5621.

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