Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights the
Florence GriswoldMuseum in Old Lyme
Premieres Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, February 24 at 10:55 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. (February 13, 2013) – Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic landmarks and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the ConstitutionState is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.
Premiering on Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) with an encore broadcast on Sunday, February 24 at 10:55 p.m., this week’s edition of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures features the FlorenceGriswoldMuseum in Old Lyme.
With sweeping views of the LieutenantRiver, the FlorenceGriswoldMuseum is known for its extensive collection of American Impressionist paintings, including works by Frederic Church, John F. Kensett and Childe Hassam. Originally run as a boarding house by Griswold in the late 19th century, the stately Georgian-style house was home to many leading artists of the Lyme Art Colony, such as Hassam, Henry Ward Ranger and Willard Metcalf. Even President Woodrow Wilson and his family dined there once with Griswold and the artists.
The house became a work of art in its own right when many of the artists who boarded there began painting works of art on the doors and walls. There are 41 painted panels in total in the downstairs of the home. In 2001, the FlorenceGriswoldMuseum acquired the art collection of the Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company with 157 oil paintings, 31 works on paper and two sculptures, further cementing its position as a destination for American Impressionist art.
Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. These vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy.
The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions – as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.
Funding for the FlorenceGriswoldMuseum edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, the State of Connecticut, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, People’s United Bank, Jeff and Betsey Cooley, Mr. and Mrs. David W. Dangremond and the Zachs Family Foundation, Inc.
About the Department of Economic and Community Development
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy. It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ andThomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. CPBN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cptv.org.