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$25K Humanities Grant Awarded To Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Sen. Bob Duff
Sen. Bob Duff Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, and state Rep. Fred Wilms, R-Norwalk, have announced the award of a major grant by Connecticut Humanities to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. 

“The Lockwood-Matthews Mansion is a local and national treasure, and this grant will help the museum continue its exceptional work,” said Duff. “I especially want to thank Susan Gilgore and her outstanding staff at the museum. This grant will help them bring an exciting new exhibit to life later this year, and I’m sure it will be exceptional.” 

The $25,000 grant will enable the museum to stage an exhibit and special programming relating to the behind-the-scenes residents of the mansion — the domestic servants who made possible the opulent lifestyle of the principal families. 

“The board of trustees and I are truly grateful to Connecticut Humanities for supporting the museum’s exhibit with a very generous implementation grant,” said Susan Gilgore, executive director of the museum.

“This exciting, new program will create an engaging educational experience for our community and connect our shared past to the present in a meaningful and powerful way," she added. "We thank Sen. Bob Duff and all our state legislators for supporting Connecticut Humanities’ efforts in re-energizing this magnificent state landmark and cultural and educational institution.” 

“The Stairs Below: Domestic Servants During the Mansion’s Gilded Age” will connect the era’s elegance to the economics of labor, immigration and class that undergirded late 19th- and early 20th-century Norwalk. The exhibit will open Oct. 10 and run through April 2016. 

“The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is one of Norwalk’s crown jewels,” said Wilms. “I am delighted by the Connecticut Humanities grant.” 

Connecticut Humanities offers competitive grants to organizations that plan and produce public humanities programs to help Connecticut residents and visitors better understand and appreciate human history, culture, values and beliefs.

Program formats typically include exhibitions, panel discussions, public speakers and facilitated discussions.

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