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Wilton Historical Society Receives $125K State Grant

Leslie Nolan, executive director of the Wilton Historical Society, stands in front of the society's herb garden. It's located at 224 Danbury Road.
Leslie Nolan, executive director of the Wilton Historical Society, stands in front of the society's herb garden. It's located at 224 Danbury Road. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern, File

WILTON, Conn. — The state Department of Economic and Community Department has awarded a grant of $125,000 to the Wilton Historical Society.

The Wilton Historical Society was one of 20 nonprofit organizations that sponsor cultural and historic sites to earn a grant.

The 20 grants to nonprofit groups from the DECD total about $1.99 million . The funding ranges from $50,000 to $125,000. This money can be used toward construction, planning and marketing, along with exhibit design and installation and more.

“DECD believes strongly in enabling local arts and cultural leaders to identify the right path forward for their treasured cultural assets,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, director of culture for DECD.

Through the Good to Great Program, administered by DECD’s Offices of Arts and Historic Preservation, grants are being awarded to eligible organizations that promote science, art, culture, or the history of Connecticut.

“Connecticut has a rich cultural history. By making these investments, we’re ensuring that our museums and other cultural sites remain unique, world-class places to visit and become much more compelling experiences for visitors,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “Connecticut is an incredible place to live and visit.”

Good to Great was created in 2014 to fund improvements that will significantly enhance cultural and historic sites and the way people enjoy them. Specifically, the program will target smaller and mid-size cultural organizations that have received limited state funding in the past.

Other groups receiving grants include:

  • Fairfield Museum: $125,000
  • Bethel Historical Society: $70,000
  • The Friends of Booth Park in Stratford: $60,000
  • Stratford Stage Group: $125,000

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