Connecticut Cultural Treasure Highlights
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 CTVisit.com and CPBN.org. 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.
- New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
- Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
- Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich
- Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
- The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, Hartford
- Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam
- Essex Historic District, Essex
- Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
- Lebanon Green, Lebanon
- Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, Waterbury
- The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford
- Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Ledyard
- Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield
- Hartford Stage, Hartford
- The American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol
- Old State House, Hartford
- Yale University and Downtown New Haven, New Haven
- Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
- Warner Theatre, Torrington
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
- Lyman-Allyn Art Museum, New London
- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
- Eric Sloane Museum & Studio/Kent Iron Furnace, Kent
- The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
- Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry
- The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford
- Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield
- Roseland Cottage, Woodstock
- Old New Gate Prison & Copper Mine, Granby
- Bush-Holley House & Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich
- Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
- Gillette Castle, East Haddam
- Mystic Seaport, Mystic
- Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury
- Infinity Music Hall & Bistro & Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Historic Music Shed, Norfolk
- Garde Arts Center, New London
- Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
- East Rock Park, New Haven
- Old Burying Ground at Norwich Town, Norwich
- Bluff Point State Park, Groton
- Connecticut River
- Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton
- Stonington Village, Stonington
- Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
- Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven
- Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
- Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
- 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 CPTV.org, keyword: Treasures.