Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust receives $10,000 SHARP Grant

The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust ended 2021 on a high note! Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded WHPT a $10,000 CTH SHARP Capacity Grant to support our ongoing project “Enslaved Wallingford: The Missing Chapter of Our American Narrative.”

Jerry Farrell Jr., President of the Trust, notes “COVID-19 gave us an 18-month creative pause and opportunity to reinterpret our historic homes and give them a new context and relevance. At a time when the subject of teaching about racism has been a source of controversy and uncertainty, projects like “Enslaved Wallingford: The Missing Chapter of Our American Narrative” become an essential tool of knowledge. It’s an opportunity to provide the colonial history of a significant population of free and enslaved Black Americans in Meriden and Wallingford who were responsible for building the prosperity of our towns, a chapter that has heretofore remained unexplored in our written history.

Enslaved Wallingford will become a permanent exhibit at the Nehemiah Royce House this spring in conjunction with Wallingford’s 350 Jubilee Celebration.

WHPT was one of 69 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded American Rescue Plan funding totaling $640,192 from CT Humanities. CTH SHARP Capacity Grants provide organizations funding for projects including building their information technology infrastructure, making their collections more accessible, conducting strategic planning, and undertaking inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access work.

In addition, the Trust received a $7,100 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CTH, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

For more information: www.wallingfordcthistory.org


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