RESTORATION OF FOUR
STATE-OWNED MUSEUMS TO BEGIN
(HARTFORD, CT) - October 28, 2004 -
Governor M. Jodi Rell announced today that four of Connecticut's state-owned
museums will receive $375,000 in State Bond funds to prepare detailed
architectural plans and specifications as well as archaeological studies as the
first step in restoring the properties. Administered by the Commission on
Culture and Tourism, the landmark museums include the Prudence Crandall House in
Canterbury, the Sloane-Stanley Museum in Kent, the Henry Whitfield House in
Guilford, and the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby.
The bond allocation is the first step in a $3
million dollar bond authorization for phase I of the museum restoration project
approved by the General Assembly in the 2004 legislative session.
Governor Rell has strongly endorsed the project,
stating "These state-owned museums contribute to the cultural richness and
economic vitality of our state. Heritage tourism is a huge industry that makes
an important contribution to our economy. It is also important to make these
properties available to our school children. The Commission on Culture and
Tourism, an agency that has just passed its first birthday, is in a unique
position to forge a strong link between historic preservation and increased
"These museums are irreplaceable,"
states Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director of the Commission and State
Historic Preservation Officer. "We must act now to develop architectural
plans that allow us to repair and restore these properties and to make them
visitor-ready. Each museum tells an important story about courage and vision of
Connecticut's citizens, and we must preserve these stories for future
The architectural and engineering firm of
Bargmann, Hendrie, and Architype, Inc., of Boston, has been chosen to prepare
the plans and specifications for each museum. The firm has done extensive work
for the National Park Service at numerous national historic sites. At the
conclusion of this phase of the project, a comprehensive document for each
museum will identify and specify all restoration needs and construction
requirements. Three of the museums are National Historic Landmarks.
Pre-construction investigation will ensure protection of important
archaeological evidence especially at Old New-Gate Prison.
The project will be overseen by Karin Peterson,
Museums Director and Paul Loether, History Division Director and Deputy State
Historic Preservation Officer.
In 2003, the Connecticut General Assembly
created the Commission on Culture and Tourism to preserve and promote
Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of
life and economic vitality of the state.
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