Friday, February 12, 2010

It takes money to preserve history

HARTFORD — New Haven and two local nonprofits will receive Historical Preservation Technical Assistance Grants.
The recipients are:
- New Haven gets $5,750 for mapping of monuments, memorials and public art.
- New Haven Museum and Historical Society gets $10,000 for a conditions assessment of its Whitney Avenue headquarters.
- New Haven Preservation Trust gets $2,500 to create a database of records and images of structures listed on the State Historic Resource Inventory.
The grants are funded by the General Assembly, Connecticut Humanities Council and the Commission on Culture and Tourism. They were announced by Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, and Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven.
"The grants will help ensure that New Haven’s history isn’t neglected," Looney said in a statement. "Sometimes it takes modest investments to protect and preserve our local treasures. I’m pleased that the General Assembly and Gov. Rell have been able to work together on this important initiative."
Forty-one non-profit organizations and municipalities in Connecticut received Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants this year. The Connecticut Trust for Historical Preservation says that every grant, "… creates one or more short term jobs that employ architects, structural, mechanical and civil engineers, historic and preservation consultants, energy use consultants, technology firms and planning companies."

This news brief was created by Andrew Lorentz, from a statement released by the General Assembly offices of Looney and Harp.

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