Ethnic Historical Archives Center of New Haven
270 Fitch St
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address 270 Fitch St
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 392-6126 x
Fax 203-392-5140
E-mail info@ethnicheritagecenter.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Peace, goodwill, understanding and celebrating diversity are the hallmarks of the Ethnic Heritage Center (EHC).
 
Our mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate ethnic histories and to promote understanding and respect for cultural differences and similarities by using these histories to demonstrate our common humanity.
 
The archives, events and programs offered by the EHC and its member societies offer a "cultural laboratory" that is unique to New Haven and Connecticut.
 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1988
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair Mary E. Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Greater New Haven African-American Historical Society
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $8,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Statements
Mission
Peace, goodwill, understanding and celebrating diversity are the hallmarks of the Ethnic Heritage Center (EHC).
 
Our mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate ethnic histories and to promote understanding and respect for cultural differences and similarities by using these histories to demonstrate our common humanity.
 
The archives, events and programs offered by the EHC and its member societies offer a "cultural laboratory" that is unique to New Haven and Connecticut.
 
Background
The Ethnic Heritage Center was formed in 1988.  It is a unique association of five ethnic historical societies:  the Greater New Haven African-American Historical Society, the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society, the Italian-American Historical Society of Connecticut, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven, and the Connecticut Ukrainian-American Historical Society. 
 
Since 1992, the Ethnic Heritage Center has been located on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University.  We have been located at our present building, which provides us with exhibit, programming, and archival space, since 2001.
 
The Center's goals are
  • to foster greater recognition, understanding and appreciation of all members of our diverse ethnic populations by promoting a more friendly, harmonious and cooperative community,
  • to expand community outreach and program participation throughout the state,
  • to use our archives of objects, memorabilia, manuscripts and books to develop exhibits, publications and special events, and
  • to promote active use of the Ethnic Heritage Center's archival papers and collections by scholars, students and individuals of all ages.

In addition to the activities undertaken by the Center as a consortium, the Center's member societies undertake individual community activities, special events and publication of their own newsletters.

Impact
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
Collections Assessment of New Haven School Records
A grant from CTHumanities allowed the EHC to catalogue and scan or photograph 20 ledger books and six card files of New Haven School Administrative Records for preservation and public use.  These records provide insights into the the events, projects, issues and controversies which occupied educators and affected students, primarily in the period from 1897 to 1937.
 
Governance
An Advisory Board, the make-up of which relects the ethnic diversity of EHC,  has been formed.

Special Events
EHC continued to offer and host film presentations, school and community group visits in conjunction with exhibits and participated in Martin Luther King Day at the Peabody Museum and the City of New Haven's 375th birthday celebration.  EHC also celebrated its 25th birthday with a fund-raising luncheon honoring representatives from each of its member societies who contributed to the founding of the organization.

Archives/Libraries
Member societies and EHC maintain a growing repository of archival collections and rare books that are available to students, genealogists and other researchers from the community. A project to offer on-line access to finding guides for key EHC archival and rare book collections via a tool known as Archon was completed in 2013. Guides will be updated as important collections are added.

GOALS
 
Continue to improve the quality and quantity of our program areas: archives, research resources, exhibits, public events and presentations, and publications.
 
Expand community outreach and increase community involvement in each EHC program area.
 
Continue to diversify our financial base through fund-raising, donations, bequests and grants.
 
Continue to provide experienced, qualified staff to sustain and grow the EHC.
 
Needs
For most of its 23 years of existence, planning and operation of the EHC depended on volunteers from its member societies.  For the past 7 and 1/2 years, the EHC has benefited greatly from the services of trained professionals in part-time staff positions of Executive Director (currently vacant) and Archivist/Librarian, funded primarily through a State earmark administered by the CT Humanities Council.  For the past 4 years we have had a part-time Office Assistant who also provides technical support.  Through the knowledge and skills of our staff we have expanded operations and enhanced the quality of exhibits and services we offer.  This has allowed the EHC to grow its reputation with public schools, particularly in New Haven, and the SCSU community as an educational resource, and in the broader community as a responsible and accessible repository for historic materials.  Our most pressing needs are in the area of operations and administration: funding to maintain our professional staff positions and basic operations, and volunteers to support and supplement staff.  We are increasing fund-raising efforts toward this end.  Budget: $64,150
 
Wish List:
Flip Cam $150
Office  supplies $1,200
Display cases $2,000 ea.
Wall display system $3,000
Projector $750
Board Chair Statement
I became a member of the Greater New Haven African American Historical Society about 15 years ago. With the help of President Valerie Bertrand, I was able to prepare exhibits and participate in our Lifetime Achievement Program. At the urging of several members of the Society, I was appointed as a member of the EHC Board of Directors. At that point I began to understand the workings of EHC in terms of the five member societies not just my own. This really hit home when I became a member of the EHC Personnel Committee. One of the first things I did was to work on a committee to hire an Executive Director. As a Board member, I also learned what each of the Societies was doing and it became clear that the EHC has a great mission.
As an educator, I always think in terms of our children knowing their past and I feel that it’s very important for young people to have some place to go to do research about their history. EHC certainly does provide a venue for that. The exhibits, opening receptions and other public events that the EHC produces, as well as our archival collections and rare book libraries, provide a tremendous resource for the entire community.
My experience as a Board member and the newly elected President of the EHC Board of Directors has been a challenging but wonderful experience. We recognize there will be challenges as we go forward. They aren’t new challenges nor are they unique to the EHC. But they are heightened by the realities of maintaining programming and operations in this difficult economic climate. As a result we are taking a proactive approach to outreach, fund-raising and fulfilling our mission. It continues to be my pleasure to serve on the EHC Board.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Historical Organizations
Secondary Organization Category Education / Libraries
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
Though primarily focused on the Greater New Haven region, through its member societies the EHC reaches an audience that is statewide, national and even international.
Programs
Description
EHC's limited amount of exhibit space means that we can only feature one exhibit at a time. As a result past exhibits remain in storage, unavailable to new audiences.  These exhibits and their historical messages can once again be made available for viewing through refurbishing for travel to schools and libraries, and presentation in multi-media and virtual venues, valuable, enjoyable and memorable educational resources.  Teacher resource and activity guides such as fact sheets, reading lists and activities appropriate for use in conjunction with individual exhibits will be prepared.
 
In addition the EHC is in the planning stage of a "Museum in the Streets" project.  A committee has met with local government and community representatives, who have expressed support for the project, as well as other ethnic groups about potential participation.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
On-line availability of 3 digitized exhibits:  The Ethnic History of New Haven, Ethnic Wedding Traditions, and Traditional Ethnic Celebrations will allow us us to shre these attractive and informative exhibits with a wide-ranging audience.
 
Plan and seek funding for a New Haven ethnic history "Museum in the Streets" project.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
These projects are designed to broaden and deepen EHC's community interaction and further increase our public visibility.
 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Success will be measured by achievement of our quantitative goals; by successful completion of planning for the ethnic history "Musem in the Streets" project; and user feedback about experience with our 3 digitized exhibits including evaluations exhibit themes and content.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
We know that there is interest in our exhibits because the EHC has been successful in securing off-site venues for several of our exhibits, e.g. New Haven City Hall atrium, the lobby area of the main office of Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank, the New Haven Public Library.  Because of the nature of the history and information in the exhibits, we know that there is a timelessness to this interest.
Description
The corporate name of the EHC is The Ethnic Historical Archives Center of New Haven, Inc.  Each member society and the EHC itself, have archival collections, the heart of the organization, a source of inspiration and stories to tell and preserve.  The EHC archivist/librarian provides archival management and preservation assistance including accessioning, processing and collection development; presentations, classses, workshops and reference assistance to SCSU, public school classes and other members of the public; and research, planning and preparation of exhibits.  Finding guides describing in detail the contents of  key collections and books available at the Center have been prepared and will be published on-line using a tool called Archon. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Publication of finding guides for 30 historical collections on-line to make them widely available to researchers.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
A focus group of university students will be created to evaluate user friendliness of the finding guides and suggest outreach techniques to reach the target audience.
Description
The EHC is expanding its community outreach efforts in order to increase awareness of our mission and goals, encourage donations to our archives, increase use of and visits to the EHC and to support a concerted fund-raising effort.  The EHC has created a Facebook page and a committee is working on a new logo to help with branding.  Existing materials such as letterhead, envelopes, labels and brochures will be reprinted, and other materials (e.g. business cards) created.  In addition, the EHC has established its own web site, which is linked to our current web page on the SCSU site, to support such things as our on-line finding guides.
Population Served Families / K-12 (5-19 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
User feedback, increased public participation in EHC-sponsored events, increased name and mission recognition by the public, increased donor support.
Description
The EHC felt that ethnic tours of New Haven were an appropriate way to celebrate New Haven's 375th and the EHC's 25th birthdays.  Planning for these tours has focused around "The  Museum in the Streets" program.  Each EHC member society has identified key sites and are researching the history of each location in order to provide text and images for identification plaques.  Other ethnic groups throughout the city will be asked to suggest sites to include.  The walking and/or bus tours that will be possible will become part of the program offerings of the EHC.  The EHC is hoping to identify and train students to lead or assist with these tours, for which they would earn community service credits or, if funding can be found, a small stipend.  Self-guided tours will also be possible via printed material available in public places and events such as The International Festival of Arts and Ideas. 
Population Served Adults / Families / K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Creation of a series of ethnically-based walking/bus tours in conjunction with various peer cultural organizations.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Evaluation forms will be distributed to participants for input, suggestions and critiques.  The responses will be reviewed and used for future planning purposes.
Description
The EHC is sponsoring an in-house coordinated effort to train volunteers to record oral histories, recruit participants and facilitate the completion of oral histories from among its membership and the general public. 
Population Served Adults / K-12 (5-19 years) / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The goals of the oral history program are to provide an oral history training workshop conducted by in-house volunteers and staff, and to subsequently conduct 10 new oral history interviews per member society (a total of 50).
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
To establish an on-going oral history program that will result in a large library of oral history interviews reflecting the histories of New Haven's ethnic communities, supplementing the documentation provided by primary sources in the archives.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program leaders will monitor training workshop interest, attendance and interview subject recruitment efforts and adjust outreach methods as appropriate.  Quality control will be evaluated via "dummy" interviews to be conducted by individual volunteers. Weaknesses in interview techniques and procedural/technical techniques will be identified and recommendations for improvement prepared.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Many of the oral histories that EHC volunteers and staff have conducted over the past 25 years have become integral parts of the collections that document local ethnic and community history. For example, an interview  conducted by EHC’s archivist/ librarian and the volunteer archivist for the Greater New Haven African American Historical Society with a grassroots community leader who had come to the Center to donate some of her organization’s documents. She admitted to being “nervous” at first, but quickly lost her shyness as she began talking about the work that has been her life’s passion. She covered topics and issues that were particular to her own work but that also highlighted universal themes about education, instilling self respect in minority young people and the kinds of transformations that can occur in the lives of those who believe in and are given the opportunity to explore their own potential.

Program Comments
CEO Comments Our greatest challenge is finding sources of funding for operating expenses(staff).  In addition to our fund raising efforts, we are trying to identify funding sources that will cover expenses for salaries.
CEO/Executive Director
N/A N/A
Email info@ethnicheritagecenter.org
Experience
This position is currently vacant.
Co-CEO
Experience
Does not apply.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ann Newhall Jan 2006 -
Beverly Salzman Aug 2009 -
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
The EHC has worked jointly and cooperatively with a number of partners. We have an ongoing relationship with SCSU that includes workshops, class presentations/class assignments associated with academic study; and archival work and preparation of finding guides by SCSU student interns and work study students. 
 
The EHC has collaborated with groups and organizations in the preparation of on- and off-site exhibits and programs.  In 2010 the EHC and the Jewish Historical Society collaborated with Congregation Mishkan Israel to host an exhibit entitled "BESA: Albanian Muslims Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust" and related public events, including talks by Yale and Hartford Seminary professors.
 
We have also collaborated with other historical organizations and civic groups, including the Greater New Haven Labor History Association, New Haven Museum, the Amity Club and a class from New Haven's Talented and Gifted Program to produce exhibits and associated activities.
 
The EHC is custodian for 2 important collections: surviving New Haven School records dating from the 1850s and a historical collection documenting New Haven's African American community.  At no cost, the EHC arranged to have the school records microfilmed to enhance public access.
Board Chair
Mary E. Jones
Company Affiliation The Greater New Haven African-American Historical Society
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Valerie Bertrand The Greater New Haven African-American Historical Society
Louise FitzSimmons The CT Irish-Anerican Historical Society
Tom Geirin CT Irish American Historical Society
Judith Gordon Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven
Patricia Heslin The CT Irish-American Historical Society
Irene Hladkyj The Connecticut Ukrainian-American Historical Society
Leonard Honeyman The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven
Donald Horbaty The Connecticut Ukrainian-American Historical Society
Gloria Horbaty The Connecticut Ukrainian-American HistoricalSociety
Joanne Ludwig Italian-American Historical Society of CT
Rose Mentone The Italian-American Historical Society of Connecticut
Dr. Rocco Orlando The Italian-American Historical Society of Connecticut
Aaron Washington Liaison with SCSU
Rhoda Zahler Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 67%
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Dishonesty
Commercial General Liability
Board Co-Chair
Dr. Rocco Orlando
Company Affiliation The Italian-American Historical Society of Connecticut
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Standing Committees
Finance
Personnel
Nominating
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Anne Calabresi Community Volunteer
John Crawford St. MArtin de Porres Academy Board of Directors
Catherine Crawford Community Volunteer
Orest Dubno Vice Chair CT Housing Finance Authority
Carl Feen
Frank Grazioso Esq.Grazioso Law Firm
Michael Lipcan Jr.Retired Insurance Director
Judith Schiff Yale University Library
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $8,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Form 9902007
Audit Documents
2012 Audit2012
2011 Audit2011
2010 Audit2010
2009 Audit2009
2008 Audit2008
2007 Audit2007
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Ltr.
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$65,440$63,444$86,546
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.140.090.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$47,739$104,005$161,472
Current Assets$32,152$83,570$135,980
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$47,739$104,005$161,472
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --State of Connecticut, CT Humanities Council $70,400
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 270 Fitch St
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 392-6126
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair Mary E. Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Greater New Haven African-American Historical Society

 

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