Fairfield Museum Receives National Endowment for Humanities Grant
Fairfield CT – The Fairfield Museum has received a very competitive grant from the National Foundation for the Humanities, Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP). One of 115 SHARP grants nationwide, the grant will support the efforts of the Fairfield Museum to resume its on-site programs and install new exhibits focused on the fascinating history of Indigenous peoples and African Americans in the south. -Western Connecticut.
“The Fairfield Museum is deeply honored to receive this generous grant from NEH to create a new, long-term exhibit that will explore the diverse and complex history of Southwestern CT,” said Executive Director Michael Jehle. “The new exhibit and related educational programs will provide a more inclusive examination of the region’s 17th and 18th century history that includes new archaeological finds related to pre-colonial Native American history, the role of African Americans in the early history of CT, and how race, gender, and class dynamics influenced the creation of colonial Connecticut.
Fairfield Museum and History Center 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824 203-259-1598 fairfieldhistory.org
“The US bailout recognizes that the cultural and educational sectors are essential parts of the economy and civic life of the United States, essential to the health and resilience of American communities,” said the Acting President from NEH, Adam Wolfson. “These new grants will provide a lifeline to colleges and universities, museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and societies across the country, save thousands of jobs in the humanities endangered by the pandemic, and contribute to the economic recovery of cultural and educational institutions. and those they serve.
The Fairfield Museum grant compliments previous support from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program which uncovered intriguing new archaeological evidence related to the 1635 Battle of Munnacommock (Pequot) Swamp in present-day Southport, CT which was the battlefield Pequot finale The War and Catalyst for European Settlement of Southwest Connecticut. New data and artefacts discovered during this project will be included in the NEH-funded exhibit slated to open in 2022. For more information, visit www.Fairfieldhistory.org.
About the Fairfield Museum and History Center:
Fairfield Museum and History Center, located at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT, is a vibrant hub of community life offering vibrant family programs and exhibits, sparking dialogue and deliberating on the challenges of the future. At the heart of our community-driven mission is the desire to provide important historical context to the pressing problems of our time and to offer a safe and trustworthy environment where multiple perspectives can be heard and collective solutions explored. www.fairfieldhistory.org.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities:
Established in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in the fields of history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding proposals selected and peer reviewed from across the country. Additional information on the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at neh.gov.