Museum Makeover Grant Helps Renew 15 Connecticut Exhibits

The program, titled “Museum Makeover,offers recipients up to $3,000 plus free visits from museum curators to develop a plan to improve certain areas of the museums and the visitor experience, according to a press release.

“Helping these institutions know how to share other stories is also very important to us,” said Kathy Craughwell-Varda, director of Conservation ConneCTion.

Conservation ConneCTion, a Connecticut State Library program founded in 2008, provides training and resources to cultural heritage organizations in Connecticut, according to their website.

A key element of the award is the expertise provided by the program’s “traveling curators,” which is a team of 11 professionals who have worked with cultural heritage organizations in Connecticut, according to the announcement.

“Conservators go out and meet with them for a planning session, and then they work with them to develop how this implementation will unfold,” Craughwell-Varda said.

Another important aspect of renovating local exhibits will be to present more inclusive stories of Connecticut’s ancient history, according to Craughwell-Varda. For example, the Trumbull Historical Society is looking to update its permanent exhibit to include stories of Indigenous people and slaves, according to the program’s website.

Other “Museum Makeover” recipients include the Wilton Historical Society, Danbury Railway Museum and The Dudley Farm Museum.

This is the inaugural year of the Museum Makeover Fellowship. The next round of grants will be available at the end of this year, according to the announcement.

These are the 15 organizations that received Museum Makeover grants in 2022.

  • The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, Hartford.
  • Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton.
  • Danbury Railway Museum. Danbury.
  • The Dudley Farm Museum, Guilford.
  • Finnish American Heritage Society, Canterbury.
  • Haddam Historical Society. Haddam.
  • Glastonbury Historical Society, Glastonbury,
  • The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.
  • Sharon Historical Society, Sharon.
  • Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury.
  • Slater Memorial Museum. Norwich.
  • Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.
  • Trumbull Historical Society, Trumbull.
  • Wilton Historical Society, Wilton.
  • Windham Textile and History Museum, Windham.

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