Connecticut Cultural Treasure Highlights

Release Date: 10/17/2012


Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures
Highlighted in New Series of Vignettes on CPTV and Online
Created by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network and the Department of Economic and Community Development –
Premieres Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning October 11 on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcasts on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 3, 2012) – 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 Constitution State is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development have formed a partnership to promote and highlight these remarkable state treasures.
Premiering on Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting October 11 on CPTV (with encore broadcasts on Sundays at 10 p.m.), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a new series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. In addition to their broadcast on CPTV, the shorts will also be available online at and CPBN and DECD hope these vignettes will 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.
The project is covering a total of fifty landmarks in the state over the next year.

  1. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
  2. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
  3. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
  4. Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich
  5. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
  6. The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, Hartford
  7. Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam
  8. Essex Historic District, Essex
  9. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
  10. Lebanon Green, Lebanon
  11. Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, Waterbury
  12. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford
  13. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Ledyard
  14. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield
  15. Hartford Stage, Hartford
  16. The American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol
  17. Old State House, Hartford
  18. Yale University and Downtown New Haven, New Haven
  19. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
  20. Warner Theatre, Torrington
  21. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
  22. Lyman-Allyn Art Museum, New London
  23. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield 
  24. Eric Sloane Museum & Studio/Kent Iron Furnace, Kent
  25. The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan
  26. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
  27. Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry
  28. The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford
  29. Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield
  30. Roseland Cottage, Woodstock
  31. Old New Gate Prison & Copper Mine, Granby
  32. Bush-Holley House & Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich
  33. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
  34. Gillette Castle, East Haddam
  35. Mystic Seaport, Mystic
  36. Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury
  37. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro & Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Historic Music Shed,         Norfolk
  38. Garde Arts Center, New London
  39. Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
  40. East Rock Park, New Haven
  41. Old Burying Ground at Norwich Town, Norwich
  42. Bluff Point State Park, Groton
  43. Connecticut River
  44. Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton
  45. Stonington Village, Stonington
  46. Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
  47. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven
  48. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
  49. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
  50. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks
“CPTV has always prided itself on telling Connecticut’s stories like no other station,” explained Jerry Franklin, President & CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. “This series of vignettes allows us to shine a spotlight on a vast number of the state’s treasured landmarks like never before. We’re proud to be a part of this innovative partnership.”  
Kip Bergstrom, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, commented on the innovative program: “This project reveals some of Connecticut’s hidden cultural treasures. What sets Connecticut apart is our marriage of nature and culture: the coast, the marshes, the river valleys and the hills are dotted with villages, towns and small cities that are full of one-of-a-kind cultural treasures: art museums, theaters, historic districts, science centers and aquariums, and vibrant ethnic neighborhoods. We are a rich, largely hidden tapestry of places that matter. What we have is not easy to see. You have to work to find it. And that makes it especially compelling because we offer the ultimate travel experience to both residents and outsiders: the opportunity to discover something new, something you didn’t know.”
Funding for Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, the State of Connecticut, Melinda and Paul Sullivan and People’s United Bank. Additional funding for some segments of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is provided by a matching grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council.
Jack Barnes, President and CEO of People’s United Bank commented on the bank’s history in the region and their involvement in the project: “People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and consumer banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of 416 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. For 170 years, People’s United has been a proud and active member of this community. With a footprint extending from Bangor, Maine to Long Island, New York, we positively impact the communities where our employees live and work. For that reason, we are proud to sponsor CPTV and Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures, celebrating the best our state has to offer.”
More information about Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is available at, keyword: Treasures.

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