Doug McCrory


Doug McCrory



May 26, 2022

Sen. McCrory Welcomes $750,000 for Hartford Museum Upgrades and Beautification Projects

Today, State Senator Doug McCrory (D-Hartford) welcomed Governor Lamont’s and the State Bond Commission’s approval of $750,000 to support historical museums and gardens projects in Hartford.

“I’m thankful to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for their approval of this substantial funding to renovate two of Hartford’s historical spaces. These venues preserve the legacy of two literary figures who made a profound impact on society, while serving as forums to educate and inspire visitors,” said Sen. McCrory. “In addition, I’m happy to see this approved investment for enhancing the beauty that is the City of Hartford and motivating local residents to get outdoors to enjoy all that nature has to offer.”

“Hartford has an incredible history, and I am glad that the state can partner with these wonderful nonprofit organizations that are preserving this legacy and ensuring that generations to come can benefit from the opportunities they provide,” Governor Lamont said.

The State Bond Commission approved the following state funding:

  • $250,000 for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to make improvements and renovations to Stowe’s preserved Hartford home and the museum within
  • $250,000 for the Mark Twain House & Museum for upgrades and renovations
  • $250,000 to Hartford for tree planting and urban garden installation for the Knox Park Urban Garden

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center preserves Stowe’s Hartford home, while offering an interactive tour discussing her life and work. The author born in Connecticut is best-known for her work, “Uncle Town’s Cabin.” The book published in 1852 describes the cruelties of slavery through the character of enslaved Tom and his family. It is credited with making the general public at the time more aware to the realities and injustice of slavery. Today, the center carries a mission of promoting vibrant discussion of Stowe’s life and work and a commitment to social justice.

The Mark Twain House & Museum preserves for visitors the Hartford-located house of Mark Twain and his family. During the 17 years, Twain resided in Hartford he finished some of his most well-known books including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Prince and the Pauper.” Today, the house and museum serve as a forum for discussion of current political events, offer education programs for thousands of students per year, and as a space for inspiration of other writers.