Organization City Essex

COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – CT River Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut River Museum

  • Organization City:
    Essex

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,727.25

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief: Essex Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Essex Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Essex

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Connecticut River Myths and Legends Project


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut River Museum

  • Organization City:
    Essex

  • Amount Awarded:
    $49915

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


Thirsty River: Four Centuries of Drink, Life, and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut River Museum

  • Organization City:
    Essex

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4999

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


Strategic Planning: Charting a Course for the Connecticut River Museum’s Future


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut River Museum

  • Organization City:
    Essex

  • Amount Awarded:
    $9999

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


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