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Larson Celebrates Local Museums for America Grant Awardees

August 5, 2021
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that three museums in Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District were awarded Museums for America grants by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The Children’s Museum, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the Mark Twain House could not be more deserving of these grants, which will bolster the top-notch programming put on by these three organizations,” said Larson. “This funding will support educational and historic preservation initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our region’s thriving arts and tourism industry.” 

  • The Children’s Museum was awarded $91,590 to support the Hartford STEM/STEAM Collaborative for Young
  • Children and Families. 
  • The Connecticut Historical Society was awarded $219,385 for the Community Historian Project. 
  • The Mark Twain House was awarded $5,000 to support the museum’s Collections Conservation Project. 

“The Children’s Museum is most grateful to receive this grant from the IMLS. It will allow us to expand and extend our partnership with the Hartford Public Libraries and Community Centers, delivering STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs directly to young underserved children and their families of Hartford in their own neighborhoods. This grant will help get kids excited about, interested in, and comfortable with STEAM topics and activities as it enhances their learning skills in support of their educational development,” said Michael J. Werle, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum. 

"As the state’s historical society (established in 1825), we have a responsibility to not only preserve the past, but to actively collect the objects, stories and material culture that reflect the events that are happening today. With support from IMLS, the Connecticut Historical Society's new Community Historian Project will foster purposeful engagement with marginalized or underrepresented communities. Our contemporary collecting initiative will give voice to those communities and capture a more nuanced record of societal experiences, because we will be able to work directly with community members," said Robert Kret, Executive Director and CEO of the Connecticut Historical Society. 

“The Mark Twain House & Museum is overjoyed to be receiving a Museums for America grant. Twain is one of the most iconic figures in American History and his time here in Connecticut was spent in writing most of his best known works. The grant will be used to conserve and repair seven different objects owned by Mark Twain and his wife Olivia including a walking stick, furniture, and notable personal items. Thanks to this grant they can all be on display for the public to see once again, enriching the story that we bring to visitors from around America and the world,” said Pieter N. Roos, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House & Museum. 

The Museums for America program supports projects that advance the ability of museums to serve the public. A total of 126 projects across the nation received awards this year. Each museum that was awarded a grant will match funds for their projects with additional non-federal support.