Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Selected for 2017 CLHO Award of Merit

Wallace Nutting, Decked As A Bride, 1910

Wethersfield, Conn. (May 31, 2017) – The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum has been selected to receive the Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit for their 2016 exhibit, “Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer.” The award by the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) is a prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of Connecticut history.

The award-winning exhibit was curated by Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Executive Director Charles T. Lyle to commemorate Nutting’s restoration and opening of the Webb House to the public on July 4, 1916, and to raise awareness of Nutting’s contributions to the preservation and appreciation of Colonial American homes and furniture. Lyle notes, “Wallace Nutting was a true pioneer in the emerging fields of historic preservation, and in the study and appreciation of American decorative arts and architecture.” In addition to being a popular artist/photographer and manufacturer of quality reproduction furniture, Nutting was also a respected collector of American antiques, restorer of historic buildings, and a noted author and lecturer. Lyle summarizes, “Nutting created an aesthetic that popularized the use of American antiques that people wanted to have in their own homes and could live with comfortably.”

The Connecticut League of History Organizations presents the Award of Merit to institutions and individuals who demonstrate the highest of professional standards, and who enhance and further the understanding of Connecticut history. The purpose of the Award of Merit program is to recognize the care, thought and effort invested in these contributions and to inspire and encourage others by acknowledging exceptional contributions to state and local history. For more information about the Award of Merit program, contact CLHO at 860-832-2674, or go to www.clho.org.

About the Connecticut League of History Organizations

The Connecticut League of History Organizations, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote the history of Connecticut.  From its headquarters at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, CLHO provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret local history in order to make the past more meaningful. The CLHO also sponsors regional training workshops, peer networking, the two-year StEPs-CT program and an annual conference. Generous funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities.

About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience – from the American Revolution to the early 20th century. Tours include the 1752 Joseph Webb House, where General George Washington met with French General Rochambeau and planned the military campaign leading to the end of the Revolutionary War, the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France, and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House, which depicts Connecticut life in the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information visit www.webb-deane-stevens.org or call (860) 529-0612. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WDSMUSEUM.