Hartford, Conn., (September 6, 2016) – The Collection Digitization and Universal Access Project at the Connecticut Historical Society has received a $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The award allows the CHS to hire a project manager, data entry technician and application developer responsible for preserving photographs, maps, manuscripts, documents, and other printed and recorded materials onto digital formats. Once archived in these more reliable and accessible media, the material will be made available to the public through the CHS’s website and research department.
“For many years, the CHS has been working to preserve historical documents, maps and other materials digitally, which is a long and detailed process,” explained Jody Blankenship, CEO of the CHS. “Digital preservation allows us to broaden access to these materials by putting them online, which is a highly valuable public service. We are so grateful to the Hartford Foundation for recognizing the importance of these efforts and supporting us with this grant.”
The Connecticut Historical Society (www.CHS.org) is a private, not-for-profit educational organization that includes a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center. Founded in 1825, the CHS is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. The CHS works to connect visitors to the story of Connecticut, and to help create a society that values historical perspective and understanding as essential tools in shaping communities, and making informed decisions. To accomplish that, the CHS has collected more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials related to Connecticut’s social, cultural, and family history – which are available to the public onsite at One Elizabeth Street in Hartford, off-site at other locations, and online.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrated 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families, and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $650 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.