Legislative Testimony 2017

Read why CT Humanities and investment in humanities, history, libraries, museums and preservation is critical to Connecticut’s economy and an informed citizenry.

These testimonies were presented to the Appropriations Committee on February 17, 2017:

Angela George, Colchester Historical Society

[A recent] a Wayfinding Grant made our museum building more inviting and easier to find. We are now planning a new exhibit, telling a significant story about the early education of Afro-Americans in the region. Our plans to conduct scholarly research for the original early 19th century schoolhouse await notification of award status from CT Humanities.

Betty Ann Reiter, Groton Public Library

Bill Hosley, Terra Firma

Bina Williams, Bridgeport Library

Bob Burns, Mattatuck Museum

Bro Adams, National Endowment for the Humanities

In my capacity as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, I encourage you to restore these funds or at a minimum work to preserve access to state funding for Connecticut Humanities.

Carole Goldberg, Center for the Book

Cathy Fields, Litchfield Historical Society

Dan Bolognani, Housatonic Heritage

David Westmoreland, Norwalk Historical Commission

Elizabeth Normen, Connecticut Explored

The value of humanities and historic preservation as an economic and educational engine in this state is well documented. Every dollar of state investment in the sector yields $63 in economic activity according to a 2015 economic impact study (available at http://ctplaces.org/advocacy-tools/). The sector supports an estimated 5,300 jobs spread across every city and town in the state. And yet, major harm—possibly irreparable harm—is being done and will be done to the State of Connecticut if Connecticut Humanities is not returned to its rightful place in the budget.

Elizabeth Normen, CT Places Coalition

Esther Mackintosh, Federation of State Humanities Councils

Frank Mitchell, Connecticut Humanities

[Connecticut Humanities is] known for our support of heritage organizations and museums, reading programs that serve youth, our online heritage resource, Connecticuthistory.org,[and] support for public forums that allow for constructive exchange of ideas…]

Gigi Liverant, Colchester Historical Society

Jamie Eves, Windham

Jeff Andersen, Florence Griswold Museum

John Dichtl, AASLH

Julie Hulten, North Haven Historical Society

Julie Menders, Otis Library

Kat Lyons, Center for the Book

Laura Krenicki, Teach It

Liz Shapiro, CLHO

Mara Balk, JCC

Mike Jehle, Fairfield Museum

Raechel Guest, Silas Bronson Library

Rennie McQuilkin, CT Poet Laureate

Robert Forbes, Jewish Historical Society of New Haven

Rose Evans, Columbus Family Academy

Susan Smayda, Southington Library

Susy Gilgore, Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum

Wendy Bury, Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition