Library wins grant from Connecticut Humanities

MILFORD >> Connecticut Humanities recently announced that 11 state organizations have been awarded more than $130,000 in competitive grant money to support humanities-based programming. The money will help fund events ranging from a series of programs for the Fairfield Town Green’s historic properties to an annual storytelling festival in New London.

The Milford Public Library will use a $3,444 grant to fund a series of presentations on three books linked by themes of perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The series will kick off April 20 with a Skype session with Kathleen Krull, author of Wilma Unlimited, which tells the story of Wilma Rudolph. The series then turns its attention to the City of Milford during The Great Depression by focusing on The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. There will be lectures on May 1 and May 9, and a showcase of music from the era on May 25. On May 23, presenters from the Institute for American Indian Studies will discuss Jim Thorpe, Original All-American by Joseph Bruchac by giving an overview of Thorpe’s tribe and how it relates to local Milford tribes.

Other grant recipients include the Avon Free Public Library, Connecticut Historical Society, Paul J. Aicher Foundation, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford Chorale, Madison Historical Society, Young Men’s Institute Library and Yale Repertory Theatre.

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