Excititing news for 2022
2022 promises to be an exciting year for the Museum as we complete open a much needed addition which will include a handicapped accessible bathroom and a kitchenette. We also have plans with funding from a CT Humanities grant to update our exhibit space, develop new marketing materials and develop new products to sell through our Museum Store.
CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities
The Museum is happy to announce that we received $6,500 in funding from CT Humanities which will enable us to update our exhibit space with an A/V system and new display cases, develop new marketing materials and develop products to sell through our Museum Store. Our goals are to increase and diversify our audience and increase our sources of revenue.
CT Humanities is a statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Our grant is part of $30.7 million allocated by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Lamont to support arts, humanities and and cultural non profits through CT Humanities over the next two years.
The Museum’s Building Committee has selected a contractor and has been working them to secure the needed approvals and permits from the Town which includes review and approval by the Architectural Design Review Committee (ADRC), TPZ approval, a Building Permit and final approval by the Town Council. We hope to finalize the construction schedule soon with an anticipated completion date for the addition of mid-2022.
The Museum has raised over $50,000 for the project to date and wishes to thank the hundreds of individual donors who contributed. We are grateful for the extent of the support that we received from our members and friends of the Museum. It was overwhelming. We would also like to thank Ion Bank, the Farmington Community Chest, the Unionville Lions Club, the Rotary Club and the McPhee Foundation for their support.
We exceeded our initial goal, but the need is greater than we anticipated given the unexpected increase in construction costs due to the pandemic and its impact on the global supply chain so our Capital Campaign continues.
Need a 2022 calendar?
The Museum's 2022 Calendar is still available online or at the Museum during exhibit hours. It features photos from our Collection, a view of life in Unionville in 1922 and anecdotes from 1922 editions of the Farmington Valley Herald The Calendar is made possible through the advertisements of many local businesses. We appreciate their support
New Museum Store Items
Check out the new items we added to the Museum Store in 2021 - an ornament of the Unionville Depot and note cards with scenes of Unionville in days gone by. All of the items in the Museum Store are available on line and at the Museum during exhibit hours.