“Growing Up in Connecticut” Exhibit Receives $25,000 Grant from Connecticut Humanities

April 20, 2016 · Press Releases




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Hartford, (April 15, 2016) – The Connecticut History Society received a competitive grant from Connecticut Humanities for nearly $25,000 to help fund its “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit.  This grant enables the CHS to gather childhood memories and artifacts from Connecticut residents to create an exhibit, which will include personal stories, toys, photographs, clothes, and other treasures. It will be open at the CHS from May 23 – October 15, 2016.

The CHS created this exhibit to explore and contrast the challenges and experiences from different childhoods, as well as to promote cross-generational understanding and conversation about growing up in Connecticut.  It features stories, photographs, videos and other materials submitted by residents representing the Silent Generation (people born 1928-1945), the Baby Boomer Generation (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980) and the Millennials (1981-1996).  All materials were carefully reviewed by the CHS staff for use online at www.CHS.org, in the museum, and through social media.

“The Connecticut Historical Society is honored by the long-standing support it receives from Connecticut Humanities, which has allowed us to preserve and tell Connecticut’s story in meaningful and innovative ways,” said Jody Blankenship, CEO of the CHS.  “This newest ‘Growing up in Connecticut’ exhibit literally reaches across miles in a unique effort to reflect the diverse experiences generations of children have had throughout our state.  This engaging effort, which we know will appeal to a wide audience, is only possible because of the generosity of our donors and sponsors.”

The CHS received matching funds to fully fund this exhibit from the Seabury and Seabury at Home, the Hartford Steam Boiler, Thompson Chocolate and Ellen M. Brown.  Additional sponsorships are available.

Connecticut Humanities (www.cthumanities.org) is a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make Connecticut’s cities and towns attractive places to live and work.

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 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, off-site at other locations, and online.

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