May 25, 2022

Middlesex County Community Foundation provides grant for new windows to Connecticut River Museum

Middlesex County Community Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Connecticut River Museum from the President’s Discretionary Fund. The award will aid in the purchase of new windows, replacing those which were damaged in the August 11, 2010 fire at the Museum.

The President’s Discretionary Fund was established by an anonymous donor in 2008 for just such a need as the Connecticut River Museum now faces. This donor realized that philanthropy and emergencies do not have set schedules. He wanted the Community Foundation to be able to provide assistance immediately.

“There are times when emergencies arise and quick action is required,” stated Cynthia H. Clegg. “This fund was established to allow for immediate responses to unforeseen situations. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting our nonprofits, not just for the usual, timely, scheduled day-to-day items, but when they are in need, when they need it most.”

The new windows are essential in meeting two very important goals. The windows are exhibit and artifact friendly, offering protection from UV radiation and light exposure. The windows are also operations-friendly, meeting high energy efficiency standards, thus helping the museum meet the costly expenses heating and cooling the exhibit areas.
“The Museum is so appreciative of community organizations like the Community Foundation that have stepped forward to assist in rebuilding,” said Jerry Roberts, Executive Director of the Connecticut River Museum. “The museum is coming back greater than ever because of this outpouring of community support.”

Located on the waterfront in historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England’s Great River. Offering art and artifacts, history from Dutch explorers to British raiders, from Native American canoes to the first American submarine, there is something at the Connecticut River Museum to capture every visitor’s interest.

The Middlesex County Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided more than $1.5 million in grants to more than 200 organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services. For more information call 860-347-0025, email or visit the website: