Governor Rell: Gov. Rell: State Showcasing Historic House Museums for 375th Anniversary

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M. Jodi Rell

April 22, 2010

Governor Rell: State Showcasing

Historic House Museums for 375th Anniversary

“From Stone House to Glass House” Exhibit

Runs from April 1 to May 28


As part of the 375th Anniversary of Connecticut, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) is showcasing nearly two dozen historic house museums in special exhibit that opened April 1 at CCT’s Gallery in Hartford, Governor M. Jodi Rell announced.


“If these walls could talk they would tell a story more than three-centuries old, one that illuminates the lives and events of our rich past,” Governor Rell said. “History books can give us the facts in black and white, but these homes give us all a chance to literally walk through history.”


The exhibit, “From Stone House to Glass House: Preserving Connecticut’s History,” tells the collective story of 23 of the state’s more than 200 historic house museums and their links to personalities, preservation organizations and legislation, including the National Preservation Act of 1966.


The exhibit history timeline starts with the Henry Whitfield House Museum in Guilford. Built in 1639, the home was designated a State Historical Museum by the General Assembly in 1899. The timeline ends with architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House, built in 1949. It was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and opened to the public in 2007.


Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele helped launch the exhibit this afternoon during a special viewing at the CCT gallery, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor.


“This exhibit is a testament to the dedicated individuals and organizations that have made preservation a priority,” Lt. Governor Fedele said. “Their passion for the past and stewardship keeps our heritage alive for us today and for future generations.”


The historic homes exhibit will run from April 1 through May 28 at the CCT Gallery, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the exhibit:


Governor Rell and other dignitaries kicked off the 375th Anniversary on February 17 at the State Library, which houses the fundamental orders and State Constitution. Historians say 1635 was the critical year in Connecticut history because that year marked the settlement of the three river towns – Windsor, Wethersfield and Hartford – that initially established the colony.


Services and items related to the state’s year long 375th Anniversary celebration are donated or purchased with donated funds. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Go to for more information and to donate. More information on 375th Anniversary events can be also be found at:





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