Shared commitment in New Canaan Museum, Historical Society partnership – Torrington Register Citizen

A Benchmark continuing care retirement community, (CCRC), called Meadow Ridge in Redding, Connecticut, is serving as an annual sponsorship partner of the New Canaan Museum and Historial Society starting this month, July, as the community helps the property’s oldest Historical Society in Fairfield County in the state, further its mission.

The sponsorship is supporting the society’s educational programs, permanent, and rotating exhibitions, and seasonal events throughout the year. These include art installations, its colonial herb garden, its fall party, and more.

The partnership comes as a result of both of the organization’s shared commitment to advancing history, and a love of art.

In addition, many of the residents of the community made the town their home before their retirement. Thus, continuing to support a community that the residents cherish remains a priority.

“So many museums have lost significant attendance and revenue due to the pandemic,” Chris Barstein, who is the executive director of the community, said. “It’s important to our community’s leadership and our residents that we be as supportive as we can to local educational institutions, especially during this time. (The) New Canaan Museum, (and Historical Society), offers so much, and we’re excited to make it possible for new visitors to explore it,” Barstein said.

The Museum and Historical Society was founded in 1889, along with the Westport Museum (for Museum and Culture).

The Musuem and Historical Society’s campus at 13 Oenoke Ridge in the town, consists of two acres, housing, a research library with a collection of more than 3,500 works, eight museums, and historical buidings, including one of the first buildings to be designated by the Connecticut Department of Interior as a National Historic Landmark.

Current exhibitions at the Museum and Historical Society include: A celebration of local painter Augusta Simon, and first American sculptor to mass produce his work, John Rogers.

The community is located at 100 Redding Road in the town.

“We are extremely grateful to Meadow Ridge for their generous sponsorship,” Nancy Geary, who is the executive director of the Museum and Historical Society, said. “Operating this cultural institution, maintaining its historic buildings, preserving collections and mounting exhibitions is expensive. We could not do it without partners who share our sense of purpose and mission,” Geary said.

The community caters to residents’ interests in the subject areas of art, and history with a variety of onsite programs. In person, and virtual academic classes through the community’s school, Meadow Ridge University, art classes and various off site trips to concerts, ballet performances, museums and theatre and more are offered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The community is managed by the Benchmark Senior Living community company, in Redding, and is one of the state’s most comprehensive continuing care retirement communities, (CCRC), with 136 acres, and 415 apartment homes that offer independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing, and rehabilitation to its residents. The community’s new Mind & Memory Care option, which is for people with the disease, Alzheimer’s, and the condition, dementia is expected to open in 2022.

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