The 1772 Foundation to Receive Award
Harlan H. Griswold Award
The State Historic Preservation Office at the Department of Economic and community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation have announced that The 1772 Foundation will receive the 2013 Harlan H. Griswold Award for Historic Preservation for outstanding leadership by a private foundation. Harlan H. Griswold was an incorporator of the Connecticut Trust and longtime chairman of the Connecticut Historical Commission. The award in his name recognizes individuals, corporations or organizations whose activities exemplify Mr. Griswold’s leadership, vision, and dedication to preserving Connecticut’s heritage.
The 1772 Foundation has furthered the goals of historic preservation in Connecticut by making a major commitment to invest in its historic museums and other historic properties in need of maintenance and restoration projects. The Foundation has distributed grants of up to $15,000 for smaller bricks and mortar, mainly maintenance, projects to 501c3 nonprofits. Since 2011, it has invested $385,000 in 37 historical societies, museums, and other heritage groups across the state. All grants are matched with cash and often leverage state dollars. The 1772 Foundation’s granting program is “a huge and highly unusual private foundation commitment to historic preservation.”
The Award will be presented on Thursday, April 4, in the Hall of Flags at the State Capitol. A reception, starting at 5:30 p.m., will be followed by the Connecticut Preservation Awards ceremony.