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Take Connecticut Explored into the Future!

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Connecticut Explored began publishing as The Hog River Journal in 2002. Watch the video below to learn how we got started, and how we have changed and grown over the years. We are now celebrating Connecticut Explored’s 20th anniversary!

To help us prepare for the next 20 years, the Board of Connecticut Explored has established The Fund for Excellence in Publishing. Board member Olivia White explained, “The Board sees this as an opportunity to honor the immense contributions of CTExplored’s retiring Founding Publisher, Elizabeth J. Normen, who has generously served without compensation for 20 years, and Assistant Publisher Mary Donohue, who will also retire after 9 years of service; the fund will also recognize the creative contributions of 20-year Art Director John Alves and the steadfast professional work of Editor of 17 years Jennifer LaRue, both of whom will continue with the publication.”

The Fund will help us transition to a paid Executive Director & Publisher position for the first time in 20 years and ensure our continuing excellence in publishing in the years to come. We welcome Kathy Hermes, a historian and professor emerita at Central Connecticut State University, as Elizabeth Normen's successor.

The Fund is the focus of our Friends of Connecticut Explored annual appeal this year. The Board has set an ambitious $100,000 goal. We invite you, our readers, subscribers, and Friends to make a generous donation to The Fund to celebrate 20 years of publication with us and honor those who have made it possible.

If you are a current donor, we thank you and hope that you stretch and even double your gift this year. It’s a bold ask, but this is an important milestone and a giant step for our organization. If you’re a first-time donor, please consider a $200 gift or more for our 20th year!

You can donate by debit or credit card, PayPal, check, or a donor-advised fund, IRA, or appreciated stock.

To donate by check: Please make the check payable to "Connecticut Explored" and write "The Fund for Excellence in Publishing Donation" in the check memo.

Connecticut Explored
P.O. Box 271561
West Hartford, CT 06127