20th Anniversary Honor Roll


(c) Connecticut Explored Inc. Fall 2022

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The Board and Publisher of Connecticut Explored Inc. thanks all of the individuals and organizations that have contributed to our success over the last 20 years.


Special thanks to Louise Blalock and Hartford Public Library for supporting the start-up of Hog River Journal( which became Connecticut Explored in 2009) until it spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) in 2012.

Founding Donors

Thank you to the first donors who took a risk and enabled the launch of Hog River Journal/Connecticut Explored in 2002.

Elizabeth Normen & Paul Eddy
Roy & Nancy* Normen
Trinity College
Claire & Millard* Pryor
Christopher Larsen
Greater Hartford Arts Council
Pamela Barnes
Benjamin Barnes
Norman Hausmann
David Rhinelander
Friends of Hog River Journal
The first 200 member-subscribers

Founding Organizational Partners

Thank you to the first organizations to join with us to launch Connecticut Explored in 2002, two of which have been partners for 20 years (bold) and four of which are current (*) partners.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture*
Connecticut Landmarks*
Hill-Stead Museum*
Trinity College
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art*

Sponsors of 20 for 20: Innovation in Connecticut History

Many thanks to our 20 for 20 sponsors

Connecticut Humanities
Trinity College
AM Lithography Corporation

 Since 2002

We thank the following funders who have supported Connecticut Explored Inc. over the years, including support for the magazine, education initiatives, publication of African American Connecticut Explored, Grating the Nutmeg, Where I Live: Connecticut, and Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut.

Connecticut Humanities
State Historic Preservation Office, DECD
BFA – Rena Koopman Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Anonymous Donor-Advised Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Figure Foundation
Paul H. Eddy & Elizabeth J. Normen Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
John & Kelly Hartman Fund
Sue B. Hart Foundation


John Linderman, McCormick, Paulding & Huber PLLC

Individual Donors

Friends of Connecticut Explored

Connecticut Explored Endow Hartford 21 Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Established 2021

Many thanks to Henry Zachs and the Zachs Family Foundation for its longtime annual Friends support and for launching the Endow Hartford 21 campaign that helped 51 organizations in Greater Hartford establish or add to an endowment. Through support from the following individuals, Connecticut Explored established its first-ever endowment fund of more than $110,000.

Over $10,000
Endow Hartford 21

Budd Family Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Paul H. Eddy & Elizabeth J. Normen Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
The Larsen Fund

$2,000 – $9,999
Elaine Knowlton
Robert E. Morris Jr.
Gail & David Porteus
Alex & Patricia Vance
Debrah Welling & Jack Intrator

$1,000 – $1,999
Charles Clark
Emilie de Brigard
Drs. Elena & Booker DeVaughn
Susan and Peter Kelly
Daniel R. Kingman
Judith Lohman & David Reik
Beth Pite & Paul McCary
William Watson

$500 – $999
Harold C.* & Joyce* Buckingham Jr.
Jeanne F. Curtin
Lynn & Timothy Fahy
Anne & Robert Heinsohn
Laurel Hennebury
Gerald Lemega & Nancy Lemega-Watt
James Lyon Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Anne E. McAloon
Roy & Nancy* Normen
Howard  & Gayle Rothman
Jonathan & Beverly Seymour
Polly M. Timken
Tom & Dougie Trumble
Magrieta L. & Sherwood Willard

$250 – $499
Anonymous (6 gifts)
Dorothy S. Armstrong
Christopher & Videen Bennett
Sara Bernstein & Hon. Joseph M. Shortall
Susanna Binzen
Ralph C. Bloom
Robert E. Buckholz
Janice Burrill
Francis Chiaramonte
Leslie Clark
Ron Claveloux
Samuel & Trig Cooley
Dr. David Crombie
Jane F. Cullinane
Ruth Ann C. Davis
Philip C. & Mary Alice Dennehy
John L. & Michele Dolan
Michael Exstein
Sandra Geaman
Paul Gianaris
Carl J. & Marcia E. Gimbrone
Edmond & Cathryn Girard
Paula Jones & Kevin Gough
Katherine W. Green
Natalie Harbeson
Shepherd Holcombe Jr.
Richard & Beverly Hughes
Anne Isbister
Bud & Charlotte Jason
Patricia L. Johannesen
Kenneth D. Johnson
Katherine Kalwat
Paul R. Keroack
Marcia Lattimore
Michael and Sally Levin
Carol A. LeWitt
Marianne Mazan
Jenny & Vacek Miglus
Amalie Montstream
Matthew Nemerson
Geoffrey S. Paul
Susan Matheson & Jerome Pollitt
Elisabeth Riley
June C. Roy
Mary T. Sargent
Paul H. Serenbetz
Deborah D. Shapiro
Jane & Patrick Sheehan
Robert Shipman
Walter Smith*
Kenneth & Judy Sternad
Mike Mushak & David Westmoreland
Peter C. Young

Up to $250
Debra Eyges
Malcolm & Ingely Forbes
John & Irene Gaffney
Mr. & Mrs. William Gibbs
Larry Kagan MD & Diana Eyre
Douglas Kehl
Marion Kelliher
Thomas Lally
Joan G. Morgan
Jacqueline Muschiano & Andrew Ricci
Shelley Strohm
John & Lynn Hayden Wadhams
Clifford Wattley & Nancy Griffin

* deceased

Thank You to Our Partners

We thank our current organizational partners, many of whom have been with us for many, many years despite economic ups and downs during the last two decades, and especially the last few years.

Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut State Library
Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library
Connecticut Democracy Center
Connecticut Landmarks
Florence Griswold Museum
Laurel Hill Cemetery Association
Preservation Connecticut
The Amistad Center for Art and Culture
Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation
Connecticut League of History Organizations
Greenwich Historical Society
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Hill-Stead Museum
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
Lebanon Historical Society
Litchfield Historical Society
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Mark Twain House & Museum
Mattatuck Museum
Mystic Seaport Museum
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Haven Museum
Pequot Library
Slater Memorial Museum
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Wilton Historical Society
Association for the Study of Connecticut History
Connecticut River Museum
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society
Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum

Editorial Team

We thank the following individuals who have served on the editorial team at various times, making important contributions to story ideas and as writers.

Nancy Albert
Clarissa Ceglio
Cindy Cormier
Dave Corrigan
Mary Donohue
Diane Pflugrad Foley
Emily Gifford
Briann Greenfield
Ann Harrison
Joan Jacobs
Mark Jones
Jennifer LaRue
Eugene Leach
Jeffrey Mainville
Janice Matthews
Brenda Miller
Sophie Huget Mitten
Elizabeth Normen
Chris Pagliuco
Alan Patterson
Karin Peterson
Elizabeth Rose
Sandy Wheeler

Editorial Board

Our thanks to the following individuals who have served as editorial advisors as needed, and their affiliation at the time they served.

Dawn C. Adiletta, independent scholar
Stacey Close, Eastern Connecticut State University
Cynthia Cormier, Hill-Stead Museum
Jose Cruz, SUNY-Albany
Thomas Denenberg, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Catherine Fields, Litchfield Historical Society
Sheryl Hack, Connecticut Landmarks
William Hosley, Connecticut Landmarks
Joan Jacobs
Katherine Kane, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Briann Greenfield, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Eugene Leach, Trinity College
Wm. Frank Mitchell, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
Susan Pennybacker, Hartford Studies Project, Trinity College
Cheryl Robertson, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Todd Vogel, Trinity College
Matthew Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University
Sally Whipple, Connecticut Democracy Center
Walter Woodward, State Historian, University of Connecticut

Connecticut Explored Board of Directors

Kendall Wiggin, President
Olivia White, Secretary
Edward Spinella, Treasurer
Clarissa Ceglio
Cathy Fields
Elizabeth Normen, Founding Publisher and President Emeritus
Eugene Leach, 2012 to 2021
Samuel Schrager, 2012 to 2014


We thank the following individuals who have served with dedication on the staff of Connecticut Explored.

Katherine Hermes, Executive Director and Publisher, 2022 to present
John Alves, Art Director, 2002 to present
Jennifer LaRue, Editor, 2005 to present
Kristen Levithan, Education Specialist, 2022 to present
Patrick O’Sullivan, Social Media Designer and Podcast Producer, 2017 to present
Elizabeth Normen, Publisher 2002 – 2022
Mary Donohue, Assistant Publisher, 2013 – 2022
Diane Pflugrad Foley, Assistant Publisher, 2006 – 2012
Catherine Burton, Education Coordinator, 2021
Jim O’Sullivan, Membership Support, 2018 – 2022
Christina Vida, Membership Support, 2017 – 2018
Sarajane Cedrone, Editorial Assistant, 2015 – 2017
Nancy Albert, Photo Editor, 2002 – 2006
Frank Caso, Editor, 2002 – 2005
Clarissa Ceglio, Editor, 2002




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