Arts, Culture, and Humanities

New Haven Colony Historical Society

  • New Haven, CT
  • newhavenmuseum.org

Mission Statement

The New Haven Museum stimulates inquiry, increases understanding and fosters appreciation of greater New Haven's history and heritage.

Main Programs

  1. Public Programs and Exhibits
  2. Educational Programs for Children
  3. Library Research
Service Areas

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Connecticut

The New Haven Museum serves the City of New Haven and its surrounding region.

ruling year

1943

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky

Keywords

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New Haven Museum, Whitney Library, Pardee-Morris House, Cinque

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EIN

06-0646762

 Number

6635470205

Also Known As

New Haven Museum

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Under the leadership of a new executive director since 2012, the New Haven Museum continued the momentum begun during its 150th anniversary year. Highlights of 2014 included: Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square, the Museum's most winningest exhibition, was recognized with awards from the Connecticut League of History Organizations, New England Museum Association, and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. Four new exhibitions were opened: Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Tree and the New Haven Green; Value Systems; From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven; and An Artist at War: Deane Keller, New Haven's Monuments Man. Thirty windows were restored with support, in part, from the 1772 Foundation, the Lower and Upper Rotunda were repainted, and eight large paintings were cleaned, lightly conserved, and reinstalled in the stairhalls. More than 30 public programs were offered including family days, concerts, and lectures at the Museum and the Pardee-Morris House, and 885 schoolchildren visited for educational programs and tours. The Whitney Library served 919 patrons onsite and remotely, while the Photo Archives collaborated with small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural partners. In 2015, the Museum aims to build its school and family audiences under the leadership of a new education director and deeper engagement with the New Haven Public Schools. It will continue to restore and improve the physical condition of its buildings, including the historic Pardee-Morris House in the Morris Cove neighborhood, which is open seasonally for free tours, concerts, and programs. Through participation in training workshops and related technical support, the board will transition its 150th Anniversary Committee into a development & marketing committee.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Public Programs and Exhibits

The Museum offers self-guided and guided tours of three permanent exhibits: New Haven Illustrated, Cinque Lives Here, and New Haven's Maritime Heritage. Presentations of the topics covered in the three permanents galleries along with other topics, such as the Blizzard of 1888 and History of the Quinnipiacs, are available both on- and off-site. Programs in the Museum can accommodate up to 90 people; off-site programs are designed for up to 50 people. Outreach programs have become significant in reaching out to the community and opening the Museum's doors to a wider range of audiences. The Museum also hosts concerts that feature a variety of musical styles. A variety of new programs have been introduced that celebrate the diverse cultures in New Haven, including events that highlight Lunar New Year and Black History Month. Special programs are designed to correspond with temporary exhibitions. Other programs, such as lectures, focus on local history.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$4,500.00

Program 2

Educational Programs for Children

The Museum offers K-12 school programs for children held at the Museum and in schools. All programs are taught by trained staff and can accommodate up to 30 children. The programs cover a wide variety of subjects such as Amistad: Voyage from Slavery to Freedom; Growing up in the 1700s; Colonial New Haven; Quinnpiac Indians; 19th Century Schoolhouse; and Ethnic History in New Haven. In addition, the Museum offers family programs in order to extend the opportunity for intergenerational experiences at the Museum as well as the opportunity to learn history in an informal setting. The New Haven Museum also attends local community events and offers free arts & crafts activities for children in order to make the Museum more accessible.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 3

Library Research

The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum is a unique resource center on the history of New Haven and its families from the time of the New Haven Colony in the 17th century to the present. Founded in 1862, the Library provides the materials and assistance required by the scholar and the student of the history and genealogy of New Haven. Collections include 30,000 printed works, 300 manuscript collections, architectural drawings, maps, broadsides, newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs and microfilm. The Whitney Library services over 1,500 researchers each year, including college students, professors, genealogists, local historians and many others.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The New Haven Museum serves the City of New Haven and its surrounding region.

Funding Needs

The list below contains major projects that will require several years to complete. Some of the projects, including the Pardee-Morris House restoration and the digitizing of several of the collections, have already begun. All will be multi-year projects. * Expand storage for the collections in a physically and environmentally secure location. * Expand and rehabilitate gallery space. Currently galleries are being used for storage. They need rehabilitation and upgrades including new lighting and modern display space. * Upgrade equipment including: environmental systems and controls, computer systems for inventory control and photographic reproduction equipment. A building wide study of equipment and systems need is underway and will provide us with a cost estimate for environmental systems and controls. It will also provide recommendations and a cost estimate for building needs such as roof repair, drainage improvement and moisture control. * Complete an inventory of the various collections. Inventory and digitize the 70,000 photographic images in the collection. Integrate art, artifacts, images and archives to optimize operational capabilities. * Return the Pardee- Morris historic house to historic standards including the barns and gardens.

Affiliations + Memberships

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

American Association of Museums

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NEW HAVEN COLONY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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New Haven Colony Historical Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" For one hundred and fifty years, the New Haven Museum has collected and displayed the region's historic artifacts in its museum and library. The organization remains the focal point for bringing the past to he present with programs and collections relating to our culture, industry, commerce, government, religion, and ethnicity. The museum not only provides permanent displays of the past, but offers significant research opportunities in its collections and library. The museum has an extensive collection of paintings, furniture and decorative arts, as well as artifacts and a wide-ranging photographic collectionfrom the region. The New Haven Museum also owns the oldest house in the City of New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dating back to the 18th century, where programs are offered to the community. The Museum's mission is to be a vibrant information and cultural center that presents lectures, instructiional programs, changing exhibits, film series, and musical performances. The goal is to reach out to new audiences and new markets through personal contact, programs and coordination with other regional organizations. The New Haven region has changed dramatically, moving from an industrial base to an information, technology and research environment. The museum must meet the new demands of this environment. It must incorporate new technologies into exhibits and programs and shift the program emphasis from collecting artifacts to providiing exciting educational opportunities for various audiences. As the environment and the communities change, the New Haven Museum must also change; that is the challenge and the future."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

George M. Rapport

Retired banker

Term: Nov 2014 - Nov 2015

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