Essex, CT – The Connecticut River Museum, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, has received over $58,000 in grant awards from several organizations and foundations in the first half of this year. The largest single award was a matching grant of $39,500 from The Connecticut Humanities Council Heritage Revitalization Fund to be used for the Museum’s “The British Raid on Essex Interpretive Initiative”. The funds will help improve the Museum’s permanent first floor exhibition by upgrading the 1814 British Raid on Essex section for the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and increase its reach to a broader audience through the development of an innovative smart phone app. An additional $5,000 of funding for the British Raid on Essex Interpretive Initiative was received from the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation and will be used towards matching the Humanities Council grant.
The Middlesex County Community Foundation awarded a $5,000 Communications Challenge Grant for audio/visual equipment enhancements in the Museum’s Boathouse Education Center and for upgrades to the outdoor sound system used for public events held on museum grounds. Guilford Savings Bank Fund granted $1,600 to underwrite the program costs of the Museum’s annual Family Maritime Day, one of the free outdoor, public events held on August 11.
The Connecticut River Museum was also the beneficiary of a $7,020 Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program grant that funded a comprehensive, third-party assessment of its collections and building, written by two museum and historic preservation experts. The Heritage Preservation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States, provides conservation assessment programs through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.
The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street on the historic Essex waterfront. For more information on the Museum and its exhibitions, events and programs, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860.767.8269.