CT Humanities to Award Generous Quick Grant to Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum for New Exhibition on Sustainable Fashion

Ann Louisa Lockwood, ca. 1860s, LMMM Collection (contributed photo)

Norwalk, CT – Connecticut Humanities has awarded a $4,999 Quick Grant to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in support of a new exhibition titled, Making It Last: Sustainable Fashion in Victorian America, which will open to the public on May 19, 2022.

Dr. Jason Mancini, executive director at CT Humanities said, “Congratulations to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion on their successful Quick Grant application! We’re excited to support projects that find ways to make history relevant – from fashion, to sustainability, to labor organization, and environmental health. LMMM shows us that history is with us every day as we contextualize trends of the past and help individuals see comparisons and connections to the issues of today.”

From sustainable fashion to 19th-century controversies such as the use of poisonous dyes and chemicals and the hazardous conditions endured by workers, this exhibition, curated by renowned textile expert and scholar Lynne Zacek Bassett, will explore past practices to help communities better understand today’s challenges.

“The Ghost in the Mirror” cartoon appearing in Punch, July 4, 1863 (contributed photo)

“We are very grateful to Connecticut Humanities for awarding vital funding to this thought-provoking exhibition on 19th century fashion,” said LMMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees Douglas E. Hempstead, “and to all our state legislators for their continued efforts in supporting CTH and the inspiring programs we offer to our communities. The Board and I are thrilled to have E.D. Susan Gilgore working tirelessly in providing programs that are educational, provocative, and timely to our communities’ concerns on environmental challenges.”

About Connecticut Humanities: CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on tours and programs, please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

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