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.
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.
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.