Federal/State Partnership: State Humanities Councils General Operating Support Grants

Period of Performance

11/1/2018 - 10/31/2023

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$2,996,991.00 (approved)
$2,986,491.00 (awarded)

State Humanities Program

FAIN: SO-263495-19

Connecticut Humanities Council (Middletown, CT 06457-3204)
Lawrence J. DeNardis (Project Director: April 2018 to October 2018)
Leah Hartman (Project Director: October 2018 to July 2020)
Lewis Wallace (Project Director: July 2020 to June 2022)
Helen Higgins (Project Director: June 2022 to present)

Funding details:
Original grant (2019) $151,550.00
Supplement (2019) $639,074.00
Supplement (2020) $1,311,867.00
Supplement (2021) $884,000.00

General operating support for state or territorial humanities council

The Connecticut Humanities Council (CTH) works to achieve our vision of an engaged and informed Connecticut by encouraging curiosity, understanding, and critical thinking while providing leadership through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. Through the Connecticut Humanities Fund, CTH supports the work of organizations using the humanities to help residents and visitors better understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. Connecticut Humanities runs the Connecticut Center for the Book (the state affiliate of the Library of Congress' Center for the Book), which administers the Connecticut Book Awards and an online literature portal. CTH also is responsible for and TeachIt, online state history resources. Lastly, CTH partners with organizations such as the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored magazine, and Connecticut History Day.

Associated Products

Third Grade Tour (Web Resource)
Title: Third Grade Tour
Author: Mattatuck Historical Society
Abstract: Help us unlock the Future of The Matt: discover what the new Mattatuck Museum will be like! The Mattatuck Museum is a key component of the cultural, social, and educational life of the community. This website shares the architectural plans for the Museum.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: http://

People of Color (Web Resource)
Title: People of Color
Author: Windham Textile and History Museum - The Mill Museum
Abstract: Windham Textile and History Museum (Mill Museum) of Connecticut. Through exhibits, programs, and collections, the museum preserves and interprets the history of textiles, textile arts and the textile industry, with special emphasis on the experiences of the craftspeople, industrial workers, manufacturers, inventors, designers, and consumers. The Museum also promotes greater understanding of major trends and changes in technology, economy, immigration, society, environment, and culture that shaped Connecticut, New England, and the United States from the colonial period to the present.
Year: 2021
Primary URL: http://
Primary URL Description: Among those who built the textile mill towns of Connecticut were people of color. It was not until the very end of the industrial ear that people of color were hired to work in the textile miles. Nevertheless, they contributed to the creation of the mill communities. Stories: Lyman Jackson, African American Cabinet Makes, and Clarissa Jackson, African American Wife and Barber; Caesar Hall, African American Civil War Soldier; John Q. A. Hall, Joseph A. Davis, Marvin Smith, John C. Harris, and James Buck, African American Civil War Soldiers; Joe Ginne, African American First Settler and Enslaved Man; Lianzo J. Sekater, Narragansett Civil War Soldier; and Wong Goon, Chinese American Cook and Friend to Firefighters.
Secondary URL: http://
Secondary URL Description: Where they Stood -- A Walk Through Industrial Age Windham, May 2021 -- A tour of three locations: the village of South Windham, the grounds of the American Thread Mills, and the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. Photos and videos courtesy of Thomas A. Avery.

A Conversation Between (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: A Conversation Between
Abstract: The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame honors the achievements of women by celebrating their legacies and telling their powerful stories, inspiring women and girls to realize their own limitless potential.
Author: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
Date: 01/01/2021
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Primary URL: http://
Primary URL Description: "A Conversation Between" webinar series, a bi-monthly series consisting of half-hour long intimate and informative chats followed by Q&A sessions. Goal: to create a virtual gathering of women talking through today' important issues.

The Wood Podia (Web Resource)
Title: The Wood Podia
Author: Friends of the Wood Memorial Library & Museum
Abstract: The Wood Memorial Library and Museum -- where history, natures and the arts come alive, and community thrives. Located on South Windsor's Main Street, thirst a Native American Trail, then a busy colonial thoroughfare, today a reminder of Connecticut heritage, lined with historic houses. They provide cultural and educational programs and exhibits, maintain archives for historical material.
Year: 2021
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: The Friends of the Wood Memorial Library & Museum, known as "The Wood," is a nonprofit history and education center located on historic Main Street in South Windsor, CT. Podia is a digital storefront where all of The Wood's online educational programming is stored and streamed. During Covid, when visits to the Nowashe Village are not possible, this resource brings learning and awareness about the native peoples who inhabited these lands to the virtual classroom! There is also a variety of one-time presentations, interviews, workshops and more!