"It's been a great boon to us amateurs in the field to know that we can call upon the Trust for help and information and that our efforts will be supported by those of you who are preservation professionals." (Woodbury)
"You gave us the confidence to move forward with the project, to apply for and secure the grant and to find appropriate professionals to serve as consultants as we prepare to restore the building." (Colebrook)
"As a group of mainly non-professional volunteers, the Trust’s assistance has helped guide us to determine the logical step-by-step process of restoring our building." (Enfield)
"Circuit Riders provide invaluable accurate information and advice to many who are interested in saving a part of their architectural legacy, but don't know how to do it. " (Norwalk)
"The Circuit Rider program has been invaluable to historic preservation efforts in Westport...from evaluating a historic barn, to assistance with grant funding application for a preservation plan for a State Archaeological Preserve, to advice on any number of other issues. Circuit Riders are a simple phone call away and their expertise is essential to our work. We are extremely appreciative of the Circuit Rider program. " (Westport)
Another unique initiative of the Trust is its Historic Barns of CT project, a nationally respected project that puts recognition of our endangered historic barns front and center. Through our work surveying the barns, we have attracted hundreds of volunteers who never thought of themselves as preservationists but they are now! The Barns website, www.connecticutbarns.org , has a data base of more than 8,000 barns.
"You gave us the confidence to move forward with the project, to apply for and secure the grant and to find appropriate professionals to serve as consultants as we prepare to restore the building." - Colebrook
"Circuit Riders provide invaluable accurate information and advice to many who are interested in saving a part of their architectural legacy but don't know how to do it." - Norwalk
"...Circuit Riders are a simple phone call away and their expertise is essential to our work. We are extremely appreciative of the Circuit Rider program. " - Westport
"To a group of non-professional volunteers, the Trust’s assistance has helped guide us to determine the logical step-by-step process of restoring our building." - Enfield
The Barns Grant is a program that stimulates change and is a catalyst for larger projects. For instance, a barn in Hamden that we awarded a conditions assessment (a $10,000 project for which we funded half in 2008), has recently completed a $200,000 project, all due to our initial investment. "The CT Barns Grant positioned the Museum to be able to do a full rehabilitation for the 1816 Barn with funds from a Connecticut Legislative grant through the Commission on Culture and Tourism. The feasibility study was vital to moving forward with the process of planning and development.”
Karen Lenahan, MPAMuseum ManagerEli Whitney Museum
Publication of the book will provide many opportunities for public presentations, reviews, along with informal feedback to track public response. In addition, the Trust will have a strong interest in monitoring how often, and in what ways, the book is used in teaching, in providing support to preservation efforts, and as a source for state and local history.
Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, elected to membership 2000.
Vice –President, 2003-2005
Advisory Board, Webb Deane Stevens Museums, Wethersfield, 2003-
Columbia University, Teachers College Master of Arts
Smith College, History Bachelor of Arts
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