Organization City Fairfield

Fairfield Museum K-12 Distance Learning Platform Development


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funds are used to develop a distance learning platform in partnership with Fairfield Public Schools (FPS) and technology company CultureConnect. The platform will host two online content modules for FPS 3rd and 5th grades, using regional history, supporting FPS curriculum, and aligning to social studies standards.


COVID Relief: Fairfield Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • 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.


Improving Creating Community’s Immigration Exhibition


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,990.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will allow Fairfield Museum to revamp the immigration section of their semi-permanent “Creating Community” exhibition. Installed in 2014, “Creating Community” is the Museum’s 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.


Exhibition Planning Project: “Speak Up!”


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $14,700.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    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 citizen’s 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.


Strategic Planning: Charting the Fairfield Museum’s Next Decade of Success


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $9,980.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Fairfield Museum is beginning a new strategic planning effort that will help chart the Museum?s next decade of growth and success.


How to Stay Informed: Navigating the News & Information in the Digital Age


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,521.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


Revolutionary Spies: Exhibition and Graphic Novel


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


Flappers: Fashion and Freedom Exhibition


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1874

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


“Imagining the Coast: a Public Symposium on the Humanities and the Sea”


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield University

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2500

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


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