“Remembering World War One” Project at Connecticut State Library Receives NEH Common Heritage Grant

(Hartford, CT) Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce its receipt of an $11,328 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Common Heritage Grant, to support the “Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories” project. This grant will support statewide programming and digitization events throughout the year focused on the First World War.

“Individuals are important witnesses to history. Yet their personal stories, as told through letters, diaries, photographs and memorabilia, don’t often end up in government repositories, like the State Library.” said State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin.  Wiggin noted, “For the past several years the State Library as embarked on a project to find more of these personal stories through Digitization Day events around Connecticut.  As we near the anniversary of US entry into World War One, this grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will enable the State Library to engage more communities in Digitization Days thus greatly adding to the record of Connecticut’s involvement in the war and its aftermath.”

As we approach the centenary of World War One, the State Library looks to tell the stories of ordinary men and women who both served on the front and at home by holding a series of public lectures, music programs and film screenings around the state. These programs will be followed by Digitization Day events where Connecticut residents are invited to bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes from WWI for digitization. The digital images and stories collected at these Digitization Day events will be added to the State Library’s online archive and made freely accessible for public use. 

To learn more about the project and how you or your community can participate please visit www.CTinWorldWar1.org.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at ctstatelibrary.org | museumofcthistory.org

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About the National Endowment For The Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.