Museum Makeover grant funds a more diverse view of Trumbull’s story

TRUMBULL – There’s a lot about Trumbull’s history that people don’t know. Nancy Fisher, president of the Trumbull Historical Society, said it was important to correct this.

“There are definitely untold stories and stories that haven’t really been publicized a lot,” Fisher said. “People don’t realize that we had slaves in Trumbull or even the northeast. I think it is important to share this local history.

She hopes that a new Conservation Connection Museum Makeover Grant (a Connecticut State Library program) can help correct this. Earlier this month, Conservation ConneCTion announced that 15 state museums had received the grant, “designed to improve the visitor experience at Connecticut’s cultural heritage organizations,” according to the grant’s webpage.

Trumbull Historical Society officials plan to use their grant to, among other things, update its exhibits to include more stories of natives and slaves.

Fisher said the Trumbull Historical Society The 1856 Huntington Turnpike Museum already includes material on the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe, who are a key part of Trumbull’s story, and material on Nero Hawley, a slave who served in George Washington’s Continental Army before becoming a prominent businessman and landowner.

“We have a little exposure on him, but we think we can do a lot more,” Fisher said.

Under the Museum Makeover grant, the historical society will receive $3,000 to upgrade its exhibits and will be visited by curators from other state museums, who will consult on the process. The upgrades are expected to be complete by October, Fisher said.

Other state museums to receive the Museum Makeover grant include the Danbury Railway Museum, which plans to use it to stage outdoor exhibits and develop signage for the rail yard, and the Wilton Historical Society, which plans to use it to redesign the collections storage areas to make better use of the available space.

Fisher said the grant will allow the museum to expand its offerings, making it more accessible and interesting for visitors.

“We’re very excited about this,” she said. “I can’t wait to revamp our entire main room.”

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