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Seeking Help From Our Loyal Dudley Foundation Membership 

If you have financial Investment knowledge and can volunteer a few hours per month to help guide The Dudley Farm Museum in the creation of a long-term investment portfolio, please contact Ray Guimont, Chairman, Investment Committee, The Dudley Foundation, at 203-530-9625 or Email  Rpa.guimont@gmail.com

‘Museum Makeover’ grant helps renew 15 Connecticut exhibits

History museums around Connecticut will soon have upgraded exhibits, thanks to a new local grant. Conservation ConneCTion,in partnership with the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO), awarded 15 local organizations with grant money to fund makeovers.

The program, titled “Museum Makeover,” gives recipients up to $3,000 as well as free visits from museum curators to develop a plan to improve certain areas of the museums and the visitor experience, according to a press release. 


The Dudley Farm Museum Awarded $19,300 in Grant Funding from CT Humanities

The Dudley Foundation (DF) is pleased to announce that Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded The Dudley Foundation a $10,000 CTH SHARP Capacity Grant to support exhibit planning for the Quinnipiac Dawnland Collection at The Dudley Farm. The DF has an excellent collection of artifacts representing the area’s indigenous people. The Quinnipiacs first populated this area approximately 10,000 years ago and were estimated to number between 250 and 460 individuals at the time of contact with Europeans 400 years ago. Gordon “Fox-Running” Brainerd donated his extensive collection of Quinnipiac items to the DF. An accomplished public historian, speaker and Quinnipiac cultural consultant, Fox-Running provided decades of service to many educational institutions before his death in 2021. As a tribute to Gordon, the DF Board of Directors plans to construct a building to house and properly display all those artifacts and materials donated by Gordon. This grant will help assure that the display design will sensitively and accurately tell the story of the Quinnipiac people, their history and culture.

“I am very pleased that we will now be able to provide the appropriate care and display of this collection, which was Gordon’s life-long endeavor,” stated Beth Payne, Museum Director. “And we are fortunate to have James Powers, a local expert on the Quinnipiacs, on our Board to guide this project.”

The Dudley Farm Museum/Dudley Foundation was one of 69 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded American Rescue Plan funding 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.

The DF also received a $9,300 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. This funding is meant to address the needs of museums as they recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Dawnland Collection at the Dudley Farm Museum

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CT trust For Historic Preservations Has Relaunched The Connecticut Barns Trail Map
About a decade ago, the Historic Barns of Connecticut project was underway and resulted in a database of over 8,400 barns. From that information, we compiled seven self-guided barn tours, one in each region of the state. Staff has made updates to the map which will be available soon – in time for your fall leaf-peeping travels! View the map here.Contact us to reserve a hardcopy map

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