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Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Gains Grant

Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk attends the education program at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.
Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk attends the education program at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Photo Credit: Trisha Keeler Photography

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s education program has been awarded a $7,500 competitive grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

With this support, the museum plans to serve a greater population of students and continue to offer the mansion as a site where students can learn about mid-to-late 19th-century history, technology, art and architecture.

“We are very grateful to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation,” said Patsy Brescia, chairman of the board of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. “Their support has helped us grow our Education Program substantially in the past two years, and we look forward to continue to expand this very successful program that will reach out to teachers and students who have yet to visit this National Historic Landmark.”

The Education Program continually strives to build connections between the mansion’s history and current events while teaching students about the vibrant past of this historic monument. Learning about the past will help students to better understand the present. LMMM’s docents, dressed in period costumes, start the program by visiting classrooms and introducing the mansion to students through a PowerPoint presentation and other learning tools. The class then takes a trip to the mansion for a docent-led tour that explores its vibrant history, artistic legacy, outstanding architectural details and life during the Victorian era.

“This very generous grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation allows the mansion to make history come alive and relevant to our area students,” says Susan Gilgore, executive director of the museum.

For more information about Fairfield County's Community Foundation, visit www.fccfoundation.org .

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is  at 295 West Ave. Beginning April 8, tours will be offered Wednesday through Sunday, at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. For more information on tours and programs, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com , email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

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