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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 tourism."

"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 generations."

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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Contact:

Jennifer Aniskovich
Executive Director
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
(860) 256-2800

Paul Loether
Director
History Division
(860) 566-3005 ex. 31

Kathleen Ferrigno
Director of Public Relations
McLaughlin, DelVecchio & Casey
(203) 624-4151


 


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