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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Connecticut received $11.1 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Connecticut Humanities for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • Yale University received $700,000 through two grants for a long-term collaborative project to produce a comprehensive edition of Benjamin Franklin’s papers and writings. Forty of forty-seven projected volumes have been published, with thirty-seven available online. Papers of Benjamin Franklin is scheduled to be the first completed work of its kind on an American Founder.
  • The lack of published primary sources on Connecticut’s Native Americans is being addressed by the New England Indian Papers Series, a project of Yale University, the Connecticut State Library, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Massachusetts Archives, and the British National Archives. With the support of a $250,000 grant, these partners are producing a digital archive whose first installment includes 1,471 documents that will be publically available online.
  • The Mystic Seaport Museum received a $40,000 grant to plan the 2014 voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, an 1841 whaleship, and an accompanying dockside exhibit, In the Wake of the Whalers. Recently, the museum received a $450,000 grant to implement the plan.
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum received a $180,000 grant to host weeklong workshops for eighty teachers, exploring the author’s writings in their historical and social contexts.
  • With a $235,000 grant, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is implementing a fire-safety and climate-control plan for this onetime home of the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
  • A literary study examining the everyday writings of former slaves during the era of emancipation was the subject of a $50,400 fellowship awarded to Christopher Hager, a professor at Trinity College, Hartford. In 2013, Hager published Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing.
  • As recommended in a conservation assessment, the Bridgeport Public Library received a $6,000 grant to acquire storage cabinets for its collection of circus posters. They are part of a circus history collection that includes the papers of longtime Bridgeport resident P. T. Barnum.
  • Leveraging a $500,000 challenge grant, Fairfield University has raised $2 million in private funds to endow a new art museum in the campus’s signature building, Bellarmine Hall, which houses a collection focusing on medieval and Renaissance art.
  • Connecticut Humanities advises state cultural institutions through their award-winning Heritage Resource Center, which provides online resources for heritage professionals working on audience evaluation, new media, and financial planning.
  •, an award-winning website from Connecticut Humanities, immerses visitors in the history of the Nutmeg State from King Philip’s War to the life and career of Noah Webster, with new content every week.