Grants awarded to museums in Norwich, North Franklin

The Connecticut Humanities Council has awarded grants to the Leffingwell House Museum in Norwich and the Blue Slope Country Museum in North Franklin, state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, announced Friday.

The Society of the Founders of Norwich will receive $1,533 to help the Leffingwell Museum upgrade its security system, while the Blue Slope Museum will receive $3,000 to help them continue their work on the care of their collection and cataloging.

“Our local history is a source of so much pride and interest in eastern Connecticut, and I’m pleased that the Connecticut Humanities Council has recognized a few local needs,” Osten said.

The Society of the Founders of Norwich was founded in 1901 to promote the history of Norwich through education. The group owns and operates the Leffingwell House Museum, which provides a safe and secure location for historical artifacts and documentation of Norwich.

Blue Slope is a working dairy farm with meat goats and maple syrup. The country museum is filled with historical farming and country life artifacts.

The Connecticut Humanities Council is the nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides grants to historical societies for exhibitions and programs exploring Connecticut’s history. It is partly funded by a grant from the state legislature.

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