FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 10, 2016
Hartford, Conn.- A $ 9,700 grant to the “Looking Back Looking Forward: Connecticut’s Role in the Great War” project” awarded by CT Humanities to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation will bring to life the story of Connecticut’s role in World War One. The grant will support the planning activities for the centennial commemoration of Connecticut’s involvement in World War One. One of the major planning activities will be the development of a new exhibit at the Museum of Connecticut History that will explore Connecticut’s critical role in the war, both at home and abroad. The exhibit is scheduled to open 2017 and will include satellite exhibits that will travel (upon request, and at a nominal fee) to museums, historical societies, libraries, historic sites, etc. throughout the state. There will also be community programs planned to support the exhibit and help tell the World War One story using sources from the Connecticut State Library and institutions across the state.
This project is designed to incorporate broad segments of Connecticut residents including teachers, students, retirees, diverse ethnic populations and veterans. These audiences will be included in the planning process to ensure that we represent a cross-section of Connecticut’s diverse population and that the exhibits and programming have broad appeal.
“Digging deeply to uncover the pivotal role that Connecticut played in “the Great War” is a project that resonates for all Connecticut citizens,” says Liz Shapiro, Executive Director of the Connecticut League of History Organizations. “By working with historical societies, libraries, and individuals across the state to share WWI collections and artifacts, we will able to discover and share little known stories of the home front and the battlefield. We are grateful to Connecticut Humanities for providing funding that helps bring this story to light.”
“Looking Back, Looking Forward” is the result of recommendations from the Connecticut World War I Centennial Committee (CTWWICC). The project will be stewarded by Christine Pittsley, Project Manager for the “Remembering World War One” project at the Connecticut State Library, and assisted by the CTWWICC and WWI scholar Dr. Edward Gutierrez. This project will be administered by the Connecticut Heritage Foundation whose mission is to promote the awareness of Connecticut’s history and culture by providing resources to support and expand the collections and educational programs of the Connecticut State Library and the Raymond E. Baldwin Museum of Connecticut History.
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/ | twitter.com/LibraryofCT | facebook.com/CTStateLibrary | flickr.com/photos/ctarchives/
Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives. For more information about this project and World War One centennial activities please visit CTinWorldWar1.org.
The Connecticut Heritage Foundation is an autonomous, 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation governed by an independent board of Directors. Its mission is to promote awareness of Connecticut’s history and culture by providing resources that will support and expand the collections and educational programs of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History
Contact: Christine Pittsley