Funding for this online exhibit was provided by The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut in collaboration with the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc., serves 20 towns in northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of over 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to nearly $50 million. Last year (2011), combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $1.2 million.

One of the largest humanities councils in the nation, the Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC) nurtures thoughtful exploration of history and literature along with the cultural benefits of both. CHC’s reading programs benefit Connecticut citizens of all ages by opening up the world of books to children, encouraging reading as a family activity and engaging adults in thought provoking book discussions. CHC granting programs support the work of museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations that bring the stories of Connecticut’s past to life. This year, CHC will create or fund hundreds of cultural experiences and enrich the lives of residents and visitors statewide.