Funding will allow the International Festival of Arts & Ideas to integrate June and year-round programming in 2020 into the tapestry of programs and initiatives driven by CT Humanities. This year’s focus will be on the theme of democracy.
The IDEAS program offers dozens of free opportunities for the public to hear from preeminent thought leaders in an intimate setting that allows for an incredible depth of conversation. IDEAS programming has a year-round presence via the recording of each event and free access given to the public via YouTube, Vimeo, and as a podcast through iTunes.
Funds will support the production and marketing of 3 performances of a 1-man play about Frederick Douglass at The Klein on February 6, 2020 and Northwest Regional School in Winsted, CT on February 7 and also Q&A discussions immediately following those performances. Participants include history experts, the actor, director and playwright. The morning performances in each city are primarily for students. Each student attendee receives a study guide.
Funding will allow the Connecticut Historical Society, in partnership with Professor Brittney Yancy, to curate an exciting project documenting Connecticuts women of color involved in the woman suffrage fight. The project culminates with six presentations throughout the state (April through June 2020), where new research will be shared with the specific intent to raise awareness about these women of color. Strategies for how museums, historical societies, scholars, and citizen historians can further this work will be communicated.
Funding will support Westports SuffragistsOur Neighbors, Our Crusaders,” a key component of the Westport Librarys Our Vote, Our Future WestportREADS 2020 centennial celebration. It will be on view from February 26 to May 13, 2020. Through displays of objects, images & didactics in the Sheffer Gallery, visitors will learn how Westport residents, with shared feminist voices & strength of purpose, joined forces to change history for American women. Funds support production, installation, promotion & honoraria as well as leverage project alignment with CTH goals.
Funding is for “A Better Life in Georgetown,” a permanent history exhibit inviting viewers to trace how a sense of being a model, modern community developed & changed in Georgetown from 1818 thru today, in lockstep with the business culture, philanthropic ideals & fortunes of the Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co. The exhibit will open in April 2020 and feature historic documents, objects & period art in 4 parts: Making Things Right, Your Own Model Community, Loving What You Have & Reimagining Georgetown. It includes a self-guided driving tour.
Funding supports “The Golden Door,” an exhibition (October 31, 2020January 17, 2021) of contemporary art exploring the American experience of immigration and migration, and accompanying educational programs.
Funding will provide some of the fabrication costs for the Norwalk Historical Societys exhibition, “Norwalks Changing Communities Before 1835” to be installed in the 1835 Town House building at its Mill Hill site. This is the museums first exhibition to explore the stories of the community from the arrival of the first people to the reconstruction of the city after the Battle of Norwalk. The projected opening and public programming is Fall 2020.
Audiences will experience the exhibit, “Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America,” through a guided tour and displays in 7 period rooms. Funding will support fabrication (mannequins, reproduction clothing & artifacts, interpretive panels, object labels), loan & image fees, travel, printing, and honoraria. The exhibit will open in May and run through November 8, 2020.
Funding will be used for the planning, promotion and presentation of a large-scale in-depth community conversation Debating Immigration on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Program expenses will include speaker fees, speaker travel, facility rental, and program planning. Funds will also help to plan and execute various community, online and youth-focused activities leading up to and following the Forum.
This interpretive digital media project will synthesize and present exciting discoveries about the unwrapped Egyptian mummy at the Barnum to a broad audience through an online exhibition, including videos. Funding is for website design and implementation, videography (image capture, editing, and video production), honoraria for the experts who will be interviewed, and an evaluation consultant. Website projected to go live by March 2021.
Funding will support planning for a two-year exhibition on the Connecticut Western Reserve. Grant funding will be used to cover meeting-related expenses (travel within each state, communication setup, etc.) as well as honoraria for members of the committee. The planning process will commence in February 2020.
Funds will be used to prepare historical and cultural content that will be used in digital, video, and print formats to be shared with visitors in the new visitor’s center. A spring 2020 opening is anticipated.
Funding will support the consultant-led planning process to commence January 2020 and with culminate with the creation of a strategic plan.
The project is a collaboration between Sanctuary Kitchena culinary program at CitySeed that works works with refugee and immigrant chefsthe team behind “We Are Not Princesses”a documentary film about Syrian refugee women who come together to tell their stories through the Greek play Antigone. Funding will enable Sanctuary Kitchen to host a film screening on November 6, 2019, with Syrian chefs catering the reception, and a talk-back that shares the stories, culture and cuisine of Syrian refugees with the New Haven community.
Funding will enable the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to present An Evening with David Blight on November 21, 2019. The program will consist of the author discussing his latest book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, followed by a conversation with fellow scholar Dr. Dann Broyld of Central Connecticut State University, and a facilitated question and answer period conducted by Stowe Center staff that include opportunities for audience participation that encourage them to think critically about slavery, abolition, racism, and equity and how we understand these issues in todays world.
On Indigenous Peoples Day, October 14, 2019, this CTH funded program will be offered to the public to pay tribute to the people who first occupied the land in the Hartford area. Facilitated by members of the Akomawt Educational Initiative, attendees will be challenged to consider the dehumanizing nature of non-Native control of Native identity and the cultural impact of past indentured servitude on Native communities. Co-hosted by The Connecticut Human Rights Partnership and First Church, West Hartford.
Funding allows Everyday Democracy to present a project that will engage participants in a talk by and discussion with nationally renowned political scientist and organizer Dr. Hahrie Han on November 23, 2019. She will challenge participants to reflect on the kinds of civic leadership and strategies that civic leaders and organizers will need in today’s social context. She will also examine the role that civic associations and leaders play in mobilizing participation in politics and building power for social and political change.
The exhibition shows how acts of erasure can subvert notions of authority and rewrite history, examining relationships between the erasure of text through cross-out, redaction, and white-out and the erasure of bodies through policy, norms, and violence. Programs/outreach center marginalized individuals and communities – LGBTQ+, POC, indigenous peoples, women, people w/ disabilities. With many points of entry via the humanities, the show is profoundly relevant to today’s socio-political issues and is on view from September 2019 to January 2020.
Funding is used to present By the Force of its Own Merits a one-day symposium on November 15, 2019 that will round out a two-year celebration of the Litchfield Female Academy, a progressive educational institution that instructed over 3,000 young women between 1792 and 1833. A diverse slate of presenters will discuss the structure and curriculum of the Academy, illuminate its role in the development of educational and social opportunities for women, and speak to the schools legacy and relevancy within current scholarship.
Funding will allow six international films to be hosted by partners: Russell Library, Wesleyan University, and Middlesex Community College. Each film will explore the theme of “Children and Families in a Troubled World”. Each film will be introduced and followed with a discussion by a facilitator, so viewers can benefit from one another’s shared insights and perspectives. Event will fun for six consecutive Tuesdays in October and November 2019.
Funding will enable the Avon Historical Society (AHS), Avon Free Public Library (AFPL) and Avon Senior Center (ASC) to partner to offer a series of programs, in two phases, from November 2019-November 2020 entitled DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women. This series will run from November 2019 through November 2020 and focus on events that contributed to the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will include a detailed overview of the 75-year struggle that led to the largest reform movement in United States history.
As part of its ongoing series, the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, will be hosting nationally prominent poet and writer–Mary Jo Salter during the fall 2019–as Merrill Fellow. Funding will enable her to come to Stonington, CT, to give a lecture and a discussion session on poetry and writing on September 28, 2019; she will be invited to spend time in the National Historic Landmark Merrill Apartments in the village where the late poet wrote and made his home for forty years.
Kara Walker: Harpers Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) at the New Britain Museum of American Art comprises iconic works by Walker that are based on, and presented in conjunction with, a selection of original Harper’s prints depicting scenes from the Civil War. Funding will support the NBMAA to offer programming for adult audiences to deepen the audiences understanding of the complex subject matter in February 3, 2020 and March 15, 2020. Exhibit is open January 24 – April 19, 2020.
The Terryville Public Library will facilitate a Community Read of “Wishtree” by K. Applegate. “Wishtree” is a timely novel, told from the perspective of a generations-old red oak tree, that challenges readers to consider and discuss tough topics and a community’s response to them. Funding will support the project in providing copies of the book for public school students and interested community members as well as facilitated activities in the library and community to meet humanities goals. Events will take place from March 1 – May 1, 2020.
Funding enables the Council of Churches of greater Bridgeport (CCGB) to present Her Time from November 16-17, 2019. The production will serve to pilot the story of a fictional drama about prison reentry and obstacles faced in transitioning back to the community. “Her Time” is based on the film 5K motion, a story about a Connecticut teen mother who received a 40-year sentence for refusing to cooperate with legal authorities regarding her boyfriends role in a drug-related murder with an illegal firearm.
Funding is for a 12-session discussion group beginning in late November, running through the spring of 2020 in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The focus of the conversations will be the group of essays, The 1619 Project, that appeared in the August 18, 2019 New York Times Sunday Magazine. The goal of the project is to tell the truth about slavery and how it continues to impact virtually every institution in our country.
Votes for Women is a multi-faceted project celebrating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, created with the Ridgefield Library, the League of Women Voters, and the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center. Funding enables the collaborators to develop and present a comprehensive series of free education programs (exhibits, lectures, performances, book discussions) exploring the Suffragist movement from a local, state, and national perspective. Programs will be held at partner venues from January through August 2020.
Funding is for The Empathy Project, a year-long project for Nonnewaug 9th graders/teachers in Woodbury. Using the Holocaust as a platform for learning students are entrenched in history through museum visits, survivor interviews, literature, and film, to show how even among these atrocities people had compassion. Through this work students make connections to present day how to overcome fear with compassion. Students then use multiple mediums of expression to create a public display/forum to share what they have learned.
Funding will enable The Barnum Museum to acquire and present new and contextual information about the Museum’s 4000-year-old Egyptian female mummy. On December 8, 2019, Dr. Sahar Saleem, an Egyptian paleo-radiologist and scholar with expertise in mummies and ancient Egypt will give a public program about women’s lives in the Middle Kingdom era, incorporating her analysis about the Museum’s mummy. Both the program and a focused interview will be professionally filmed to acquire footage for the next phase digital project.
Partnership support enables Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) to continue offering Connecticut Kid Governor (CTKG) as a free program, ensuring that all 5th grade classrooms have equitable access to the program and resources. CTDC is committed to eliminating barriers to participation by keeping CTKG free and turnkey. This is important for many programs, especially in a program where students actually vote. CTKG lays the groundwork for an engaged CT by immersing students in civic lessons from a young age and extends CT Humanities (CTH) civics and history reach beyond Connecticut History Days 6-12 grade audience to 5th grade teachers and students. By providing students the opportunity to identify problems in their communities, research the background of those problems, and think carefully about viable solutions, CTKG fosters curiosity, understanding and critical thinking. Partnership period is July 2019 – June 2020 and the CTKG elected in fall 2019 will serve through December 2020.
Partnership funding will allow Connecticut Storytelling Center (CSC) to expand programming to older students and present programs that focus on the Colonial / Revolutionary War and Civil War periods through storytelling bringing to light many interesting and diverse people and events that are often left out of school curricula. Piloting the program with 6 storytellers, CSC will bring stories that celebrate CTs history to schools, libraries and historical societies and encourage discussion about our history and how it impacts the present. If the interest is strong, the goal is to grow the programs reach with additional storytellers with material related to Connecticut history. Partnership period is November 2019 through June 2020.
Partnership funding allows the Connecticut History Day program to engage people in the history, literature, and culture of Connecticut and it encourage curiosity, understanding and critical thinking for student participants. CHD allows participants to direct their own learning; students choose the historical topic to explore, how to present their project, and whether to work alone or in a group. Connecticut Democracy Center encourages students to use local resources by creating and distributing a 30-page list of Connecticut topics related to the NHD Annual Theme, distributing partnership materials (including ConnecticutHistory.Org) to workshop participants, and featuring collaborating institutions through social media and on the CHD website. CHD events begin September 1, 2019 and run through June 2020.
The project will commemorate the iconic “Isle of Safety” located at State House Square from 1913 to 1976 sheltering thousands of commuters who rode the trolleys, and later, buses. Funding will be used to install two commemorative permanent outdoor pictorial exhibits: one in the courtyard of the Old State House just thirty feet from where the Isle of Safety was originally located and the other at the Trolley Museum in East Windsor.
The 2019 Guilford Performing Arts festival (September 26 to September 29, 2019) will present public shows; multi-cultural/ethnic classes and talks in the schools; a community-service program pairing professional dancers with youth in opioid-addiction treatment; an expanded program of pre/post-performance talk-backs; and a spoken-word track with themes of diversity, the impact of the arts on society, culture & community. CTH funding will expand the festivals humanities programming with a goal of supporting the towns efforts to become a more sustainable community by supporting multicultural artists who teach and talk about their work in the schools, curating a spoken-word track, outfitting and running the venues for such events, and catalyzing a series of ongoing talks/dialogues about important issues.
Funding will allow Deep River Historical Society to reorganize the Munson Gallery within the 1842 Stone House Museum into a long-term exhibit: “From Wharf to Waterfall: Deep River and the Industrial Revolution.” This exhibit will highlight Deep Rivers artisan and industrial heritage. Visitors will be presented with artifacts relating to the stories of the many factories on the Deep River, their unique products that had national appeal, the significant role that the importation of ivory and Pratt, Read & Co. played in the communitys development, and how Pratt, Read & Co. adapted to the changing consumer climate over time. Grand opening gala will be held May 4, 2020.
Greenwich Historical Society will present an exhibition in 2020 in conjunction with the national centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment that will take a new look at its history and legacy using original sources and voices from Greenwich. The exhibition will be enhanced by educational and interpretive programming to address broader social and civic issues that resonate today and that prompt individual and collective responses to topics such as voter registration, voter suppression and the Equal Rights Amendment. This planning grant will be used to support a Guest Curator, two humanities scholars, a marketing/PR professional and an exhibition design firm to supplement GHSs staff to research and create a compelling Exhibition Implementation Plan, Education Plan and Marketing/PR Plan to expand and engage broad audiences with the history, values and beliefs that inspired and continue to inspire sweeping social movements like the ERA, Black Lives Matter and Me Too.
Funding will allow the Wethersfield Historical Society to survey the current collection and deaccession and dispose of objects that do not fit the approved scope, or are redundant, creating more room for newer collection objects. In the course of this process WHS will identify collection objects and themes that can be used for future exhibitions. The current object collection is heavily focused on the 19th century, and in order to reflect more recent periods of Wethersfields history, the society endeavors to add more 20th and 21st century objects to the collection. Collections management software will be evaluated and potentially upgraded or migrated elsewhere with a goal of having better intellectual and physical control of one of its most important assets and be able to use that asset to the greatest advantage for the service of its community.
Funding will be used for the Rainbow Library Community Reads Project to spark young readers to engage with LGBTQ+ history and literature through reading, discussion, and writing. By giving schools and libraries across Connecticut affirming texts and instructional resources, the project will promote learning and rich discussion about LGBTQ+ history and themes. Rainbow Library packages will arrive with school staff in the first week of September and Rainbow Reader Summit where students will engage with an LGBTQ+ author and each other on the books humanities themes will take place in November.
Renovations and construction are taking place throughout the Mattatuck Museum from May 2019 to June 2020. Funding will allow the Museum to take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate how the space can best serve audiences for the next 10-20 years and update portions of the history exhibition that have become outdated or fallen into disrepair.
Funding will allow Fairfield Museum to revamp the immigration section of their semi-permanent Creating Community exhibition. Installed in 2014, Creating Community is the Museums central history exhibition; attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year and serving as a vital curriculum resource for school programming. The exhibition’s immigration section will be updated to improve the visitor experience, better support curriculum standards, and incorporate more recent research. The museum is open daily.
Funding will support The Fairfield Museum (FMHC) in planning for an inspirational and provocative new exhibition and related public programs titled Speak Up! which is scheduled for July 2, 2020 – January 18, 2021. Speak Up! will celebrate and explore the history of citizens advocacy in southwestern CT and the vital role that social activism plays in our communities. The exhibition will focus on 6-8 profiles of contemporary people who have made a difference through their activism in civic and political issues in the greater Fairfield-Bridgeport area (i.e. environmental, school, tax, political reform, anti-corruption, housing, voting rights, and other issues). Through photographs and interview excerpts, individuals who are involved in local activism from different political perspectives will share what spurred them to become active on public issues and what they have learned about making change.
Funding will help underwrite the Mystic Seaport Museums 2019 Arts on the Quad Summer Evening Program Series. The four selected performances will support the content of four exhibits currently on display around the Gallery Quadrangle. All the programs in the 2019 series will feature humanities-based discussions or activities linking exhibit content with the performances.
Sugar changed the global economy and indelibly impacted mankinds cultural footprint through commerce, the wealth it generated, and the subsequent human diaspora it catalyzed. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is crafting an exhibition that aims to explore the material world fueled and shaped by this commodityfrom the resulting histories of the sugar trade and its human impact to the physical goods generated around and for its use. By broadening the discussion of sugar to encompass social, cultural, and economic topics, American fine and decorative arts can be made relevant to visitors. This exhibition will help further develop an innovative, programming-based road map that resonates with international, national, and local constituencies, especially the African American and Afro-Caribbean communities in Hartford. By identifying local and national experts to collaborate in the telling of these humanities stories, new audiences can be reached and content with lasting impact can be created. Planning is projected to take place from July 2019 through December 2020.
Over the past five years, the Norwich Historical Society launched a number of initiatives designed to strengthen Norwichs heritage tourism efforts via the Discover Norwich project. The Experience Historic Norwich vision includes continuing to make Norwichs remarkable historic resources (buildings and sites) more visitor ready. Another portion will be creating a more complete heritage experience in Norwichtown capitalizing on eight historic buildings and landscapes and branding the Norwich tourism experience to create an authentic experience that links Norwichs history through a series of themes. The marketing effort will help promote visitor ready assets such as the Slater Memorial Museum. The branding initiative will also focus on creating wayfinding signage that will direct residents and visitors to local businesses and historic sites. A consultant will be responsible for creating a business plan that will provide a heritage and cultural tourism strategy (and a sustainable financing component) to implement the vision.
2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Faith Congregational Church, formerly Talcott Street Congregational Church. The church has made an enormous impact in the City of Hartford in terms of African American-led social, economic, and racial justice, yet it remains a hidden story. Faith will partner with Hartford heritage organizations to tell the story. Through an outdoor program on the original site, we will publicly acknowledge this history followed by a reception at Connecticuts Old State House. The program will take place on September 29, 2019.
Funding allows the Mark Twain House & Museum to create a long-term exhibition for the lobby of its Museum Center that will provide visitors to the building with an introduction to Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), his life in Hartford, and his work. The exhibition will consist of panels featuring content about Twain, his family members, his home, the works he wrote while living in Hartford, and his enduring relevance. The exhibition will open in December 2019 and remain on view for the foreseeable future.
Funding will allow Westport Country Playhouse to offer several education and community engagement activities in conjunction with the production of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottages newest work MLIMAS TALE in fall 2019. This poignant play follows the spirit of Mlima, an African elephant killed for his tusks. With Mlima always present and embodied by a human actor, Nottage leads the audience through the shadowy and complicated world of the illicit international ivory trade. In collaboration with community partners, the Playhouse will offer several forums in which the audience can further explore the work on stage, its relationship to their own lives, and its impact on the larger world.
Funding will allow the East Haddam Historical Museum to partner with the East Haddam Land Trust to create an exhibit and series of short mini documentaries produced by local resident, Ken Simon. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Land Trust, these films will highlight their history and focus on two of preserves that hold remains of the town’s historic mills. Narration will include the mills history and impact on the town’s growth. The grand opening of the exhibit takes place in March 2020.
Funding will be used by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center to revamp the visitor experience with a video exhibit about Eugene O’Neill. The original exhibit, which debuted in 1981, has been presented in a VHS format that is deteriorating due to age. The updated exhibit will include a new video in .mp4 format for sharing and archiving and a more modern look at the Cottage and is expected to be complete in April 2020.
Funding will allow the International Festival of Arts & Ideas to integrate June and year-round programming in 2019 into the tapestry of programs and initiatives driven by CT Humanities each year.
The IDEAS program offers dozens of free opportunities for the public to hear from preeminent thought leaders in an intimate setting that allows for an incredible depth of conversation. IDEAS programming has a year-round presence via the recording of each event and free access given to the public via YouTube, Vimeo, and as a podcast through iTunes.
Funding is for the New Britain Industrial Museums first traveling exhibit. “Interwoven: Labor, Innovation, and Consumerism in New Britain’s Textile Industry” focuses on the city’s robust textile industry and will be on view from November 2019 to May 2021 at various locations across the city. Community partners hosting the exhibit and show-related programs will engage already interested groups and reach other community members.
Funding for Rise Up Sisters! will be used for two free-standing banner exhibits consisting of six panels each that will tell the story of the fight for women’s suffrage and the anti-suffrage viewpoint specifically within the state of Connecticut. The panels will focus on inductees of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame along with other CT suffragists and national figures who influenced and worked with CT women and will be on view at the Annual Induction Ceremony in November 2019. Banners will be made available for display free of charge to schools, libraries & civic organizations in 2020 and beyond, including the League of Women Voters Gala in February, Connecticut Historical Society in March, and Girls Day at the Capitol in April.
Funding will allow creation of ten three-minute “audio exhibits” within the Windham Textile and History Museum, in partnership with CRIS Radio’s CRISAccess Program. The audio exhibits will accompany the Museum’s traditional history exhibits already in place but will make those exhibits accessible to sight-impaired and other non-reading visitors, both on-site and on the museum’s website. The audio exhibits will be maintained by CRIS Access, be accessible via QR codes, and can be updated. They will be available November 1, 2019 and accompany permanent exhibits into the future.
Funding will help Connecticut College partner with One Book One Region of Eastern Connecticut to bring a book to Eastern Connecticut that will spark discussions and related programming. The 2019 selection is “Hey, Kiddo” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, an autobiographical graphic novel which explores themes of opioid abuse and fitting in. It will be the subject of public programs throughout the community between June and September. The capstone event, the author talk, will be held on September 17, 2019.
Funding allows the creation of the “Mas:Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community” exhibit to examine the heritage of Carnival as practiced in Hartford. Costumes created by Caribbean-descendant youth under the direction of experienced costume makers from the islands are displayed with images of dance at the West Indian Parade over the years. The exhibit will explore the cultural meanings inherent in performing in these costumes and will feature community voices explaining their traditions. Exhibit runs from August 18 to October 8, 2019 with a guest lecture in late September.
“Out on View” is a self-guided tour through the Wadsworths collections focusing on LGBTQ+ history. Visitors will discover narratives about gender and sexuality spanning 2,000 years that are often omitted from interpretive materials. The tour will be the first of its kind in a major museum in the United States. Funding will be used to hire an expert on the history of gender and sexuality, to consult on the project, lead two live tours, and deliver a lecture. The exhibition runs from June 22 to September 15, 2019.
Funding for A Question of Survival: Saybrook Fort and the Pequot War, 1636-1637 will be used to tell the significant story of the Pequot War during the siege and battles at Saybrook Fort and will feature the multi-year archaeological work of researchers from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Accompanying the newly discovered artifacts will be a large walking/biking tour map illustrating and explaining 12 significant local sites. The exhibit will open with a public presentation that will highlight this state and nationally important historic event. Tentatively opening on June 8, 2019 the exhibit will remain through the summer of 2020.
Funding allows Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation to offer the lecture Lost in a Laughing-Gas World: The Life of Horace Wells in Fact and Fiction. Author Michael Downs will expound upon the historical Wells and how his tragic life became the subject of his most recent novel. A collaboration between Cedar Hill and Bushnell Park Foundation, the program will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.
Funding is used to present a free, day-long celebration of the literary arts from the center of the state at Real Art Ways on October 5, 2019. Connecticut Literary Festival presents fun, smart, diverse, inclusive, and sometimes irreverent programming celebrating readers, writers, and the written word across four unique experiences: public readings; the Readers’ Marketplace; a performance space; and panel discussions featuring leading thinkers, writers, and educators. Website: https://connecticutliteraryfestival.org/
Funding will allow the Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford’s oldest historic site, to re-envision its public programming to present fresh viewpoints that draw on new scholarship on the Witch Trials of 1662; Hartford in the American Revolution; and the African and Native Americans of Early Hartford, 1640-1815. Included are three guided walking tours (May 18, July 13, August 3, 2019) and a lecture (September 12, 2019), exhibit (September 1 – October 31, 2019) and workshop (October 5, 2019).
This partnership grant provides funding to the Office of the State Archaeologist for the retention of a graduate assistant during the 2019-2020 academic year. The graduate assistant will work with artifact identification, typing and cataloging as well as some additional responsibilities in required site research and report writing to allow the State Archaeologist more time for outreach and educational programming to benefit the public. The grant allows for the distribution (and creation) of content connected to Connecticuts rich archaeological heritage for CTH platforms including ConnecticutHistory.org and TeachItCT.org. In addition to classroom presentations during the 2019-2020 school year, programs will also take place during the summer of 2019 and include digs for kids, adults, veterans, and teachers.
Every day, Today in Connecticut History tells a significant Connecticut history story through :30 second radio spots on all Connecticut Public Radio stations, graphically compelling posts on social media, and to an ever-growing list of daily email subscribers all of which direct audiences to the todayinhistory.com website. There visitors find relatively short (400-700 word), visually compelling, reader-friendly posts providing details about the daily story along with additional links to web-based resources providing additional information on the topic — notably including CT Humanities online encyclopedia ConnecticutHistory.org. Radio spots will run July 1 to March 31, 2019 and daily stories will be presented throughout the year.
Using the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) as the technology platform, funding enables this six-month pilot project to test a methodology for improved tagging of metadata, with the end goal of facilitating the discoverability of content and the interoperability of disparate databases, to meet contemporary end-user interests. Womens suffrage was selected as the ideal trial subject, both because of ongoing centennial preparations and for the topics illustrative value, demonstrating how historically undermined subject areas like womens history suffer from inadequate, inconsistent metadata and antiquated cataloging protocols that essentially suppressed womens voices within the historical record. Building on a successful, 20-year collaboration of Connecticut-based organizations including Connecticut History Illustrated, Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) technology platform, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO), and Connecticut Humanities (CTH), this project will explore a methodology for identifying and correcting historical record keeping discrepancies, so that humanities content can be realized in its fullest expression. The metadata enhancement will take place from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Funding will allow Playhouse on Park, an award-winning professional theater founded in 2009, to hold talkbacks after all performances of its production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, June 26 to August 4, 2019. Featuring the cast and facilitated by community leaders with expertise in racial justice issues, the talkbacks will allow the audience to ask the cast questions about the powerful play they have just seen. The talkbacks will foster discussion of sensitive topics raised by the Scottsboro story and the play itself.
Funding will enable Connecticut Womens Hall of Fame (CWHF) to develop a three-year strategic plan that will guide the CWHF staff and Board of Trustees in setting common, focused goals in order to continue financial stability, rebrand to reflect the full scope of their historical resources, enhance programming and outreach, increase staffing to meet program demands currently beyond their capacity, and build a new website to showcase the “Virtual Hall”.
Connecticut Trust is creating tailored audience-focused branding, development strategies, and a cohesive web presence as part of an overall, multi-part communications strategy, essential to the long-term success of the organization. Funding is for a portion of Phase 2 of the work, resulting in a strategy to allow the Connecticut Trust to better understand and communicate with a diverse set of stakeholders, in order to attract a greater diversity of revenue and new members that will enable the Trust to sustain its mission over time.
Funding will be used for a program with Connecticut resident Richard Lenzi, author of “Facing the Dawn: the Italian Anarchists of New London” published by SUNY press in February 2019. He will discuss the Italian anarchist community which lived in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood from the 1890’s through the 1960’s. Following his talk, Connecticut College history professor Fred Paxton–former co-chair of the Coalition to Save the Fort Trumbull Neighborhood–will moderate a discussion between audience members and Lenzi. The program is September 26, 2019.
How did African Americans, Puerto Ricans, and West Indians make Hartford their home between 1940 and 2019? Funding will be used for a traveling exhibition, oral histories, and a panel discussion with housing advocates to integrate the narratives of migration and settlement to explore the relationship between poverty, systemic racism, and housing. Housing became a theater in the struggle for civil and human rights for groups that are now the majority of Hartfords population. The exhibit runs October 2019 to January 2020. The panel discussion is October 22, 2019.
“Emancipation and Freedom” is a developmental summer camp program aimed to invigorate and educate youth about their lineage and the use of traditional artistic methods as a means of emancipation. Youth will learn about various Caribbean Islands and their perceptions of freedom as compared to liberation of people of color in the United States. Funding will allow attendees to participate in a 4-week program (July to August 2019), panel discussion (August 5, 2019) and final presentations to showcase their knowledge of each construct learned.
Sold, Made, & Grown in Litchfield showcases the history of commerce, industry, and agriculture in the town of Litchfield. As part of the town’s 300th Anniversary celebration, Sold, Made, & Grown will examine the continued connection between Litchfield businesses and the formation of community space, identity, and memory. Interpretive displays and interactive components will encourage visitors to share their memories and reflect on the relationship between commerce and community.
The Mattatuck Museum is temporarily relocating its operations to Rose Hill, a Victorian house in downtown Waterbury that was home to three prominent Waterbury families. The Museum plans to develop a special exhibit to interpret the history of these families and how their legacy is relevant to Waterbury today. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will share the history of the building and its inhabitants through a community open house, lecture series, and other programs.
The project will encompass two public panel discussions that will use Mark Twain?s writings as prompts to examine pressing social and cultural questions of today. Each event will feature a panel composed of museum staff and four faculty members of the University of Connecticut?s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with the Dean of College serving as panel chair, and will include opportunities for audience participation.
This project is an engagement point between the local community and indigenous communities as a continuation of our 2017 program ?Here We Stand: Native History and Culture from Pyquag to Wethersfield and Beyond.? Wethersfield Historical Society is committed to continued inclusion of Native History and lifeways in our programming. This 2-part project utilizes the expertise of native chef Sherry Pocknett and Pequot tribe member Gary Carter Jr. in a foraging and foodways program and presentation.
The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust will bring national history home when it hosts George Washington portrayer actor Dean Malissa, at the Huntington Homestead. This event will showcase Washington and his relationship with Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Huntington. The “American identity” will be explored through dialogue with a cadre of reenactors, historic pageantry from CT’s 2nd Company Governor?s Foot guard and the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons plus hands-on activities for all ages.
Medicine has been a part of Sharon since Dr. Simeon Smith arrived in 1756 to focus on the controversial smallpox inoculation and on the professionalism of medical practitioners. Our exhibit, Sharon Cures, will look at three still-relevant 21st century medical controversies through the lens of time and local stories. Advancement in vaccination, immunotherapy and physician gender equality are evident throughout Sharon?s history, with two local doctors making significant national contributions.
Ongoing programs to support and further understanding of the themes in our exhibit Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport. Our goal is to present a roster of interactive as well as scholarly programs which allows visitors to extend their understanding of local African American heritage in a lasting and holistic way. Among the major components of the program include a re-enactment of several of the women in the exhibit by Kimberly Wilson that we hope to repeat a number of times.
During the 2018/2019 academic year, Housatonic Community College (HCC) will host One Book, One College (OBOC) 2018/2019, its third annual community-read program, with Connecticut author Okey Ndibe and his memoir Never Look an American in the Eye, centered around immigrating from Nigeria to the United States. This cross-curricular program will include an author talk, book signing, lectures around themes in the book, and a meet-and-greet reception open to the public, free of charge.
Discussion-based humanities programs?keynote lecture, historical colloquy, moderated panel, storytelling, and oral history?will enrich an exhibit featuring artists who are making the strongest works of their careers in their advanced years. ReFRAMING Aging will debunk myths about aging, deepen visitors? understanding of why lifelong creativity matters, and inspire inter-generational bonds?illuminating what it means to age creatively in our youth-oriented society when people are living longer.
This is a community-based project with a school component. In partnership with the Noah Webster House, eighth grade students work with our town historian and another consultant to conduct original research on the history of enslaved persons in the West Hartford community. The project culminates with the placement of “witness stones” to commemorate the individuals studied and their stories. This also involves a public ceremony, sharing the outcomes of student research.
A unique ?school for colored children? operated between 1803 and 1840 in Colchester. It’s existence and history has been obscure. An exhibition featuring historical images, objects, and research in original resources, including newly discovered documents, will explore what is known about this landmark institution and its significance in the history of Colchester, of Connecticut education, and of the state?s African-American community.
Creating an exhibit at the Windham Textile and History Museum of Sidonia Perlstein’s personal history and artistic work. Sidonia, a Holocaust survivor, came to Springfield, MA with no family except a baby daughter and evolved into a clothing designer and dressmaker. Up to 50 garments represent significant historical, cultural and artistic interest. The exhibit will be complemented by events that will be beneficial to local and student communities, promote interest in local history and arts.
This project will consist of a series of four programs in five parts, looking at different land use practices over time in Roxbury and surrounding areas. From an exploration of the geology that sets the stage for the kinds of activities possible in our area, through Native American land practices and cultural values, to the rise and fall of industry in Litchfield County, these programs will help attendees understand the intersection of culture and land through lectures and a field walk.
FGM seeks funding to create a humanities-rich online exhibition delving into the work of Lyme Art Colony painter, Edward Volkert, best-known for his early-20th century depictions of agrarian life in CT created at a time of great technological and societal change.
The Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series and Tour is a free program at Capital Community College. The spring 2019 series enables the Capital Community College Foundation to share the multifaceted rewards of place-based learning with residents of Greater Hartford, including greater awareness of the city’s rich heritage and culture and informed civic engagement. The series features one walking tour and four college-style lectures on the places, personalities and themes that have shaped Hartford.
In February 2019, Hartford Stage will present Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67. This compelling drama takes place during the Motor City’s violent 1967 uprising. Hartford also experienced racism-fueled unrest that year. We will draw connections between these events through an oral history project and lobby exhibit. Through a panel discussion, we will examine the effects of Hartford’s riots on civic life and explore current ways local activists are working to create meaningful change today.
Waterbury Interactive is a multigenerational project that engages students from elementary school through high school, together with artists and older adults, all utilizing their own personal skill sets in writing, visual arts, oral histories, and performance arts to develop an interactive theatrical production. Each production focuses on neighborhoods in Waterbury and raises concerns of livability and sustainability while encouraging audience members to create thoughtful, informed solutions.
This project is a series of discussion-based programs intended to foster intercultural understanding through the arts and humanities. The programs focus on the Russian paradigm as a culture with a historically contentious relationship with America. The programs examine the human consequences of the rapid and traumatic cultural transformation of Russia in the Soviet era, as expressed in the arts and humanities (particularly the novel A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles).
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will present an exhibition to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment (1919-20), which guaranteed women the right to vote. The exhibition will use objects, manuscripts, images, text, and costumes to illustrate the activities and contributions of Norwalk suffragists — including two directly associated with the Mansion — placing the local story in the state and national context and exploring the lasting significance of the suffrage movement.
To provide a fresh perspective – plus significant Wilton connections – on Women’s History Month, the Wilton Historical Society and the Wilton Library plan to collaborate on presenting a one-woman musical performance of “A Journey.? In this approximately 75-minute performance, local actor and writer Kimberly Wilson tells the stories of seven women of color, five based on historical figures, plus two which are composite characters. A talk-back completes the event.
The Barnum Museum plans to pursue an opportunity to engage a forensic imaging specialist in sculpting the face of the museum?s 4000-year-old Egyptian mummy using a 3-D print replica of the skull. Funding is requested to film the process, and to enable a live-streamed public program with facilitated discussion at the Museum. Filming will be done at the New York Academy of Art during a one-week course in forensic sculpting taught by the specialist, who will demonstrate with the mummy skull.
The Hempsted Houses will host the Fifth Annual New London Juneteenth Festival with our partners, the New London NAACP and New London?s OIC (Opportunities and Industrialization Center) June 7 through June 9. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in America. This year Joseph McGill of The Slave Dwelling Project will be returning to hold community conversations and to spend the night in the Joshua Hempsted House with community members.
Fairfield Museum is beginning a new strategic planning effort that will help chart the Museum?s next decade of growth and success.
The Bill Memorial Library will begin a thorough and formal strategic planning process that will help guide them into their next chapter as a relevant, sustainable, and enriching institution that meets the needs of the citizens of Groton.
The Durham Public Library will hire a marketing consultant to assist in developing a brand strategy and to design a new logo, tagline, and visual identity.
Connecticut Historical Society receives support for phase I of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program Archival Project. The project will establish a professionally organized and catalogued archive of the folklife program, making the archive accessible to researchers as well as members of the communities whose stories and heritage are represented in the collection.
Keeler Tavern receives funding for a consultant-led initiative to conduct audience research (to gain a snapshot in time) and obtain the internal capacity to conduct audience research going forward (to evaluate results of changes and to track trends over time).
The Festival will conduct an in-depth community assessment over the next nine months that will solicit input into the relevance of the Festival’s programming and guide the institution and its new leadership into the future.
CPAN requests funding for a special, two-hour, Conversation at Noon entitled: Navigating the News: Past & Present. Moderated by Diane Smith, the program will consist of three speakers–Dr. Barry O’Connell from Amherst College, Adam Chiara from University of Hartford, and Richard Hanley from Quinnipiac University– followed by a panel discussion. Participants will learn about the antecedents of “fake news” and discover how to balance their media “diet” in the modern age.
A lecture to take place at CHS on December 10, 2018, given by Professor Robert W.T. Martin of Hamilton College. Dr. Martin, who has written extensively on the role of the press in the Early American Republic, will discuss the role of the free press in the young republic, how the founding generation grappled with the problem of ?fake news,? and what Americans in 2018 can learn from their experience. The talk will use Hamilton’s relationship with the press to shed light on the larger topic.
Fairfield Museum proposes a series of programs about navigating contemporary and historic issues and events in the news designed for educators, high school students, and the general public. The programs will build upon successful existing collaborations with schools, non-profit organizations, and universities to encourage broader civic participation among the next generation of informed citizens.
The New Haven Free Public Library will present Fake News Month in October 2018 with a series of films, discussions, and speakers curated to elucidate the historical and present-day themes, implications and contexts of fake news. In addition, the library will develop a complementary list of further reading, bibliographic references, and online resources to distribute at events and for all patrons to access via nhfpl.org.
The Prospect Library will be hosting a forum on Fake News.
We will open the forum with a keynote address by a noted professor who is a expert and author on Fake News.
After the 30 minute keynote speech, a journalism professor will give his own observations and reactions to the speech and his
views on Fake News. Finally both professors will then take questions from the audience in a discussion moderated by Larry Rifkin.
The Florence Griswold Museum presents an exhibition of the work of emerging Connecticut artist, Jac Lahav. The Great Americans explores the ideas of who we consider ?great? and the cultural underpinnings of our perceptions (whether fact or fiction). Through his cheeky, psychologically complex treatment of iconic figures, Lahav explores the multifaceted nature of cultural identity, calling into question the very notion of ?greatness? among American historical figures and exploring the concept of fame itself (on view Feb. 9-May 12, 2019).
The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is Hill-Stead Museum?s longest-running public program. During its 27th season in 2019, seven award-winning poets will read their work over five evenings from June through August. Set in the historic Sunken Garden, the Sunken Garden is one of the country?s premier poetry events.
Based on 150+ artifacts, Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks will bring the culture, history, and society of the ancient Near East to life, from the invention of writing in Uruk in southern Iraq during the mid-fourth millennium BC to the last cuneiform texts from the first century of the common era (on view from April 4, 2019 until the end of 2020).
Artspace will develop an exhibition and related programming to mark the fiftieth anniversary of a watershed moment in New Haven history, the May Day rally in protest of the Black Panther trials in May 1970, laying the groundwork for public programs and an exhibition at Artspace that will run May-September 2020.
The Community Foundation of Middlesex County will begin the second phase of planning for a 60-minute documentary about an African-American family in the late 19th and early 20th century that helped shape the life of a bestselling author and cultural icon. The project will answer the questions Ann Petry raised in her essay: ?How did my family survive in this all-white community? How did my parents transmit to their children a feeling of self-worth? And how did I manage to become a writer??
Weston Historical Society will conduct research for future interpretive signage around the Coley Homestead that shares the history of the property, buildings, and Coley family as well as the workings of a 19th-century farm.
Funding supports Connecticut Explored Magazine and its content.
Funding supports the 2019 Connecticut History Day competition.
Funding supports the Connecticut League of History Organizations and their programs.
Stonington Historical Society will create an exhibition of Stonington native and photographer Rollie McKenna’s portraits and streetscapes of Stonington. Issues of gender, sexuality, identity, place, and more are addressed in the project.
This project has two components: a World War I exhibition and a World War I Living History Day. The exhibit will discuss the Great War and its impact on the Torrington community. The Living History event, a collaboration with the Connecticut Civil War Round Table, will include a lecture, re-enactors, and period music.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art are co-organizing an exhibition entitled “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s,” which focuses on the relationship between Surrealism and war in both Europe and America. The exhibit will be accompanied by educational and interpretive programming and a fully-illustrated catalogue, which will present new scholarship on the broader impact of the effects of war and Surrealist imagery in Europe and the United States.
Westport Country Playhouse will offer several education and community engagement activities in conjunction with their world premiere production of Matthew Greene’s Thousand Pines. The play deals with the disturbing trend of mass shootings by focusing on the lives of three intertwined families in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy. In collaboration with a number of community partners, the Playhouse will offer several forums in which the audience can further explore the work on stage, its relationship to attendees’ own lives, and its impact on the larger world.
This as yet untitled exhibit explores the African American history of Westport. It includes an interactive main exhibit, with a replica slave quarters found in a local home built in 1729, the town dock and other locales. On view May 11, 2018 to spring 2019.
Considering the 1818 Connecticut Constitution as an evolving document, this exhibit will examine social parallels between 1818 and 2018, and which elements of the document helped or hindered rights-progress for residents from diverse backgrounds via a lecture series relating to the African American experience in Westport. The exhibit and programming will be produced in collaboration with TEAM Westport (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism).
This project explores the decline and fall of the Connecticut textile industry (deindustrialization, 1880-2000) and the subsequent transition to a postindustrial economy (postindustrialization) now underway in the state’s former textile mill towns. The exhibit includes permanent display boards and video, so that it can be recreated later in other venues to stimulate public discussion.
Students in the Peabody Museum’s afterschool program will implement an exhibition on the history of women in science. Developed by New Haven and West Haven High School students, the exhibition (on view May 2018 to April 2019) will examine the barriers and obstacles these bright, determined, strong individuals overcame.
This multi-part project will welcome Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto to Waterbury. “FRÁGIL Maneje con Cuidado” is comprised of an art- and history-based exhibition and a series of educational programs. It explores the evacuee experience in Waterbury and presents that experience against the broader context of Puerto Rican life and culture before the disaster.
The Mattatuck Museum is in the beginning stages of reimagining and expanding their current building. In order to plan out these spaces in the most useful way, the Mattatuck wants to have reliable data to inform their decisions and guide their discussions moving forward and will conduct audience and market research in order to best achieve their goals for the next three years.
This year, the four selected performances will support the content of the four exhibits currently on display around the Gallery Quadrangle. Each program in the 2018 series will feature humanities-based discussions linking exhibit content with the performances. July and August 2018.
This exhibition places this controversial Vinland Map manuscript on U.S. public view for the first time in 50 years. Purported to be documentary evidence that the Vikings reached North America 500 years before Columbus, the map triggered a firestorm of public and scholarly debates among humanities scholars, scientists, and Italian Americans. This exhibition will examine the map’s mysterious origins; the reasons scholars initially believed it to be authentic; the world’s response to its unveiling; the challenges to that conclusion; and the science that finally turned the tide of scholarly opinion.
A new, permanent exhibit on Naugatuck’s industrial history for display in Naugatuck Historical Society’s new home, the 1881 Tuttle House. Bronson B. Tuttle was co-founder in 1858 with John H. Whittemore of Tuttle & Whittemore (now, the Eastern Company), one of the first malleable-iron manufacturers in the United States. These two industrial magnates, lifelong business partners and friends, played pivotal roles in Naugatuck’s ascent to manufacturing greatness.
The Festival’s 2018 Ideas Program centers around a series of lectures and panel discussions designed to illuminate some of today’s most exciting advancements and pressing concerns, demonstrating the vital role played by the humanities in civic life. Talks and panels feature thinkers and leaders from numerous disciplines including novelists, artists, poets, playwrights, historians, anthropologists, and politicians.
Using photographs, oral histories and appraisal forms, this program on September 15th will explore the effects of urban renewal on residents of a neighborhood razed as part of the Winthrop Cove Redevelopment Project, as well as the 20th century policies which made this neighborhood vulnerable to demolition. New London Landmarks will offer a guided walking tour and digital tour, including audio clips, and will produce a program booklet printed and available for download free of charge.
The 2018 exhibition will focus on the life and award-winning photography of Marie Hartig Kendall (1854-1943). Her keen eye for nature and affinity for her craft have left us a unique archive of photographs and glass-plate negatives, which have just been digitized.
The exhibition will explore the stories of Norwalk from the end of the Ice Age through the rebuilding of the town after the battle and burning of Norwalk during the Revolutionary War. The exhibition will be the first long-term exhibition, other than the exterior interpretative signs, on the Mill Hill campus, and is part of a projected series of exhibitions, programs and events planned.
From the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, Norwalk was an important center for the manufacturing of pottery. The merger of the collections of the Norwalk Historical Society, the Village Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the City of Norwalk/Lockwood Collection has given the Norwalk Historical Society the opportunity to look at this important product, conduct a collections assessment, and share this story with the public through a new exhibition.
The Museum will plan for the re-installation and re-interpretation of its diverse collection of Asian art. Objects in the collection range in date from the 5th century to the 20th century and include paintings, prints, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles.The Asian gallery will be re-installed with a focus on objects that demonstrate the cross-cultural exchange that fueled artistic and cultural developments in East Asia.
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will formulate a new exhibition and orientation program for their new Education and Visitor Center. Funding will be used to develop an exhibition showcasing some of their archaeology finds, an expanded new interpretive panel of the Webb Family and property, a transformation of the Executive Director’s office into a permanent American Revolution gallery, and a short video about the histories of the WDS Museum and the NSCDA-CT.
A talk and group dialogue with renowned international humanities scholar, conflict mediator, and speaker Ashok Panikkar on the values and culture of Democracy in our modern-day context. Participants will engage in dialogue and deliberation to revisit the role of the “citizen” in a modern-day democracy centered around the role of humanities education in preserving open and free societies.
This year’s community read is Marie Benedict’s The Other Einstein and activities consist of book discussions and related programming at the twenty-one-member libraries in Connecticut’s northeast corner. The project concludes with Benedict delivering a presentation and book signing at the Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock on June 20, 2018.
Riverfront Recapture will work with the Connecticut River Museum to bring the Onrust, a replica of a ship sailed up the Connecticut River by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block in 1614, to Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza from June 21 to June 24, 2018. The Onrust will serve as a dockside floating museum, and Riverfront Recapture will offer land-based activities and tours of the vessel while it is docked during the day and public cruises on the Connecticut River in the afternoon and evening.
A series of programs highlighting the rich history of African Americans including a musical performance by the Harlem Quartet, film showings and discussions for Whose Streets? and Veterans of Color, and a book discussion of American Street by Ibi Zoboi.
Six international films will be hosted by three collaborating partners–Russell Library, Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College–with each film reinforcing the fact that, as people, we’re more alike than we’re different, despite any apparent variations in skin color, language, political affiliation or religious preference. An experienced, well-vetted facilitator will introduce each film and lead a discussion afterward, allowing viewers to benefit from one another’s shared insights (October 2nd – November 6th, 2018).
CTH funding will support two lectures and a film screening and discussion of five mini-documentaries produced by Connecticut high school students: an exploration of contemporary dance by Pamela Tatge of Jacob’s Pillow; a discussion about American political history by PBS journalist and Amherst College Professor Ray Suarez; and documentaries on the Civic Life Project.
Emancipation” is a cultural exchange summer camp program aimed to invigorate and educate youth about their lineage and the use of traditional artistic methods as a means of emancipation. Youth will learn about various Caribbean islands and their perceptions of freedom, as compared to liberation of people of color in the United States. Attendees will participate in a four-week program, panel discussion and final presentation to showcase their knowledge of each construct learned. July 20, 2018 to August 20, 2018.
This inter-generational project within Waterbury engages participants of all ages through collection of oral histories and adapting them into public presentations by casts comprised of area youth. The performances take place across the city to highlight Waterbury’s varied communities, promote dialogue, and to further the development of the history of the people and cultures of the Greater Waterbury area.
The exhibition will bring together for the first time a selection of folklore and social history from the River Valley by utilizing three overarching humanities-based themes: Extraordinary People and Events, Powers of Darkness, and Supernatural Wonders. Using dramatic silhouettes, interactives, and historic artifacts, visitors will journey through four centuries of Connecticut River myths and legends. The exhibition will open at the CRM in May 2019 and be on view through October 2019 before traveling to Vermont Historical Society from November 2019 through April 2020 and then the Springfield Museums (MA) from May through November 2020.
Participants at this years program will be given the opportunity to hear, work with, and learn from an ethnically and stylistically diverse group of top-notch professional storytellers. The festival takes place April 27th and 28th and includes performances, hands-on intensive workshops, and story sharing circles.
Funding will enable the Freeman Houses in Bridgeport to increase security and intellectual control over documents, plans, studies, research, and collections that currently reside in a variety of formats, on the devices of individuals: volunteer staff, private contractors, consultants, and board members. The grant will also produce an actionable strategic plan for the organization.
July 10, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Connecticut State Farm for Women, now known as York Correctional Institution (Connecticut’s only state prison for women). Through a series of events including book discussions, a lecture, a performance and a photography exhibition, the East Lyme Public Library will explore the history of this institution.
Funding supports three preview showcases of “We the People,” a new fifty-minute educational puppet show about David Bushnell, Ezra Lee, and America’s first attack submarine, The Turtle. Showcases are designed to introduce educators, museum directors, historians, representatives from local submarine-related entities, and the public to the story and a unique technique for conveying it to youth and family audiences.
This series of graphic novel-style panels designed by Kirk Manley will tell the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the Revolutionary War. The exhibition (on view May 17-October 1, 2018) will explore the motivations and interactions of members of the spy ring, bringing to life the risks that they took to secure and transmit intelligence.
This exhibit (on view August 16, 2018-February 10, 2019) examines the history and social impact of early 20th century fashion and its relationship to the women’s movement in the 1920s. Programs, such as lectures and workshops, will also be held in the evenings.
A symposium that brings together regional scholars, authors, museums, historical societies and community members to discuss the importance of the coastline and seas to our understanding of the region’s history, culture, ecology, and identity. Long Island Sound and regional maritime zones are the primary focus, but given the global nature of the sea, oceanic connections to other regions will also be considered. Held at Mystic Seaport and Enders Island in Mystic, September 14-16, 2018.
A humanities-rich teaching poster to equip and encourage educators of history and Social Studies to use the Florence Griswold Museum’s new history-based online learning exhibition, SEE/change, to lead engaging class discussions of state history. Featuring an iconic Connecticut scene by George Durrie (c. 1853), the poster has been designed to spark discussions on such topics as Connecticut’s historic architecture, agriculture, slavery, geology, clothing, food practices, class, and global events.
The Florence Griswold Museum’s new exhibition (on view May 11-September 16, 2018) looks at the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate, the Lyme region, and beyond to examine the complex history and character of New England’s farms. The project includes an exhibition and educational programs for adults and families to help visitors explore the exhibition themes from various angles, while also creating discussion of current social issues of the New England farm.
This year’s symposium will connect Prudence Crandall with the origins of the New England and American Anti-Slavery movements, in addition to the emerging 19th century women’s rights movement.
Witness Stones is a collaboration between students, teachers, local scholars, and the community to reveal the history of Connecticut’s enslaved.This second phase of the project will expand to West Hartford and Middletown with teachers researching enslaved in the summer and creating lesson plans to be used at their schools. Teachers will share this information with their classes in the fall, resulting in student research projects and culminating in public dedication ceremonies in November.
Best-selling author Russell Shorto will discuss his new book, Revolution Song, which weaves the stories of six historic figures during the American Revolutionary War, including local legend and freed slave, Venture Smith. The book addresses the significance of individual freedom and rights and how they were the inspiration and catalyst for powerful change and a new nation.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center received support for a robust marketing project to introduce the new Stowe House tour experience to the public, grow and diversify the house tour audience, and drive visibility and participation. The Stowe House reinterpretation has resulted in an engaging, compelling, and thought-provoking new experience for the public, replacing a traditional guided tour of period rooms. The tour uses conversation, immerses the visitor in Stowe’s world, connects the issues of her day with today, and illustrates Stowe’s impact.
The 26th season of the “Sunken Garden Poetry Festival includes a five-part series of poetry readings and musical performances. Along with a performance by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the SGPF will feature four themed performances: Irish Poetry & Music, Disability Awareness, Poetry of Our World celebrating multiculturalism, and CT Young Poets Day with Andrea Gibson.
This exhibit (on display April 2018 through October 2018) will tell the story of the Civil War from the perspective of the Irish. Drawings, some never on display before, and newspaper articles will explore the differences between what is published versus what actually occurred.
JHSGH is bringing the National Museum of American Jewish History’s traveling exhibit, “The Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews” to West Hartford (on view June to August 2018). The opening will include a presentation by Dr. Sheldon Benjamin, who worked closely with the movement’s founders, and two additional programs about former Russian immigrants and community leaders that assisted with the resettlement in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
This exhibition celebrates the 225th anniversary of Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy, an important institution for female education that numbered over 3,000 graduates. On display in 2018 and 2019, the project covers all aspects of the school’s history, with specific focus on Pierce’s educational philosophy and the ways in which she helped to shape new opportunities and roles for women.
The exhibit will look at the origins of an industry that contemporary America accepts as an institution, but which was new, controversial, and volatile in the nineteenth century: Wall Street finance.
Exhibit of large works focused on ten global cities ravaged by war. This is a collaboration of city artists, archaeologists, poets, writers, historians, cultural leaders, preservationists, city officials and others drawing attention to strife in their city and resilience of citizens to celebrate the “soul” of their city. The project includes a panel discussion with renowned experts elucidating exhibit themes including the power of creativity, of art to preserve cultural heritage and support peace-building, and the triumph of hope over darkness.
This exhibition (on display April 2018 – December 2018) will highlight tales from the dark side of the clock and watch Industries. The stories will clockmaking’s crimes, criminals, and ethical lapses – told from the vantage point of the timepieces on display.
The project uses the work of contemporary potter Roberto Lugo (born in 1981 in Philadelphia to Puerto Rican immigrant parents) as a focal point for showing how clay can be a medium for discovering lesser-known cultural histories; for advancing scholarship at the intersection of craft, design, and environmentalism; and for examining societal divides across class, race, and religion. Artspace will develop exhibition support, youth curriculum, and symposium panel themes.
Avon Free Public Library and Avon Historical Society partner to offer a series of five programs in the summer, June 2018 to August 2018. The series uses Original Discontents, a compilation of primary documents by Dr. Richard Buel, as assigned text for patrons.
Using the Jodi Picoult novel Small Great Things as the anchor for a One Town, One Book, Bethany Library Association will engage the town in community discussions and programs geared to increasing the community’s awareness of racism’s many forms, including institutional and cultural. Programming will focus on creating a public dialogue for discussion and reflection on race, power, and privilege. September and October 2018.
This project combines exhibition with public programming and hands-on instruction to tell the story of the Art Center, and the community it served from 1970 – 1986. By the time of its on-record closing of 1986, the Art Center had offered thousands of hours of art, photography, music and culinary instruction to city youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Art Center history is endangered in that there is no book, documentary, library archive or any other discrete medium in which its rich existence is recorded in full.
A two-part community event series featuring a film screening and panel discussion of the film Dolores, featuring farm worker and activist Dolores Huerta, and a Global Farm-to-Table dinner hosted by Sanctuary Kitchen chefs from Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria, with storytelling & discussion.
Two teachers will develop lesson plans on the Constitution of 1818 for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The curriculum will be available to the public online through the Civics First website. The project dovetails with the Connecticut Explored project and will provide a valuable teaching tool in conjunction with a fold-out poster of the Constitution of 1818.
The Connecticut Historical Society will help create an exhibition about the history of Auerfarm. Photographs and artifacts from the CHS collection, along with archival material from Auerfarm, tell the story of how Beatrice Fox Auerbach transformed the land into a model farm, where she entertained and sought respite from her corporate and philanthropic life.
This multipart series will explore a variety of stories related to Connecticut aviation: 23 Years and Counting…The Restoration of the K28 Blimp Car; The History of Pratt & Whitney; and Maiden Flight – The Role of Katherine Wright.
Connecticut College is a partner of One Book, One Region of Eastern Connecticut, which is based on the idea of expanding a small book club to that of an entire community. This is the third year that the College has been a partner, and they will host a community event with the author of this year’s selection Exit West, Mohsin Hamid, on September 26, 2018.
In partnership with the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Connecticut Explored will produce a two-sided poster that reprints the complete text of the Constitution of 1818 and includes annotations written by members of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society. The posters will be distributed to Connecticut Explored readers inside the Fall 2018 issue and to high school civics teachers for display in their classrooms.
Connecticut Humanities is pleased to co-publish Connecticut Explored magazine. Established in 2002 as the Hog River Journal, the magazine is the only publication dedicated to exploring the state’s heritage through well-researched articles of broad public interest. Supporting the magazine is a natural fit for our work that focuses on exploring historical perspectives, and the publication helps promote the organizations that receive CTH grants. The partnership also facilitates broader distribution of Connecticut Explored content through the publication of selected articles on our ConnecticutHistory.org website.
This three-part lecture series will explore the creation of the constitution of 1818 from different legal and historical perspectives. Speakers will discuss such topics as the transition from the 1662 Charter to the 1818 Constitution, the debates surrounding the Constitution of 1818 and their relevance to modern Connecticut politics, and the rise of religious toleration in the state.
An exhibition about the experiences of Connecticut residents during World War I. Photographs and artifacts from the CHS collection help tell a story about how the Great War affected and changed people’s lives in the state. On view May 22, 2018 – December 8, 2018.
This exhibition will look at different methods of mental health diagnosis and treatment in Connecticut from the 1600s to the present day. It places the topic within the context of larger national trends to show how and why mental health care issues have been, and continue to be, at the center of political, economic, ethical, and social debates. CHS intends to show how this is not a linear story and will highlight the different methods of diagnosis and treatment that have been available at different points in time, against the backdrop of larger national trends and illustrated by smaller individual experiences.
Connecticut Humanities’ work with the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) dates back many years and aligns with our goal of helping the state’s cultural institutions connect effectively with the communities they serve. CLHO is a membership organization that creates connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. We partner with CLHO to offer professional development programs like STEPS-CT as well as workshops for the staff, board members and volunteers of the state’s heritage organizations. We also work together developing educational materials to promote visitation to local heritage museums and sites. CLHO and Connecticut Humanities are strong advocacy partners and work together to promote the vital role the humanities and heritage fields play in our communities and schools.
The Connecticut Public Affairs Network will conduct a six-part lecture series with Connecticut Explored on the Constitution of 1818 that provides contextual information, explores the document’s impact on religious freedom and voting rights, and fosters discussion on its lasting impact on citizens of today. The free noontime programs will be held at Connecticut’s Old State House (OSH) with themed tours of the OSH, the site of the constitutional convention and a building impacted by the Constitution.
Connecticut Humanities’ support for Connecticut History Day helps nurture the next generation of young historians and introduces them to the resources of the state’s museums, libraries and historical societies. History Day is a national program designed to engage middle and high school students in historic research and presentation. Coordinated in our state by Connecticut’s Old State House, the academic competition encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums and oral history interviews, and create final projects to present their work.
From colonial settlement to present day, alcohol’s importation, production, and consumption has played a significant social, economic, and political role in the Connecticut River Valle. The exhibit (on view June 7, 2018 and will run through October 8, 2018) will explore this complex history that is as dark as it is spirituous, and as historic as it is relevant to today.
As Connecticut River Museum completes the final year of their current strategic plan, the organization’s leadership recognizes the need to develop a road map for the future. There is a growing need to review past accomplishments, assess current needs and environmental conditions, and reaffirm (or define) the next vision and set of priorities.