MADISON — The Madison Historical Society (MHS) has secured $10,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and from Connecticut Humanities (CTH).

These grant awards will enable the society to continue to fulfill its mission of preserving the past and protecting the future.

The $5,000 NEH CARES Act grant supports the MHS’s core operations, including retention of essential staff, preservation of its collection of artifacts, maintenance of historic properties and development of online content to create virtual learning opportunities.

The MHS also won $4,999 from CT Humanities to complete post-production work on a short documentary entitled, “Turning the Tide: Madison and COVID-19,” filmed entirely during the statewide shutdown between April 2 and May 16.

Documentaries can evoke strong emotions and deepen our understanding of historical events. Though the footage is unique to Madison, the reality captured in this film is representative of the experiences of small towns across the country and around the globe. Filming as the event unfolded allowed the MHS to document the thoughts and feelings of individuals as they experienced history as it unfolded.

Turning the Tide features key members of the community including business owners, frontline workers, school administrators, elected officials, civic and religious leaders, and students impacted by this crisis.

The Society hopes to screen the documentary broadly for others to discover how one shoreline town responded to the pandemic and to highlight the community’s hope for a better future.

“The Society is so grateful to receive this critical support from the NEH and CTH. These vital funds have enabled us to reopen our offices to the public and produce new educational materials and programming that furthers our mission,” said MHS Executive Director Jennifer Simpson.

— Submitted press release

Connecticut Media Group