The New Haven Museum has received the Association for the Study of Connecticut History’s 2014 Fraser Award, which, according to the ASCH website, recognizes “the best work on a significant aspect of Connecticut’s public history published or presented in a given year.”
The museum received the award for its exhibition Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square, which was on view from June 21, 2013, through May 10, 2014.
A press release issued by the museum quoted ASCH awards chair Peter Hinks as saying, “The exhibition embodied the collaboration that the best public history is all about: the local institution with its space, preserved materials, and engaged staff summoning the broad community to interact with them integrally to weave a vivid chronicle that recounts and touches that community itself.”
Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, the museum’s executive director, was quoted in the press release as saying, “It is especially gratifying to receive the Fraser Award for an exhibition that was so enthusiastically received by the public.”
Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square was curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox and Wm. Frank Mitchell, Ph.D., and made possible in part by Connecticut Humanities, whose website explains that the exhibit investigated “the Wooster Square neighborhood’s architectural, historical, and cultural significance as seen through events and individuals that contributed to its development.”
The Arts Council congratulates the New Haven Museum.