The award of $4,700 in grants from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation have been made in support of arts and cultural projects, according to Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

The Preston Historical Society received $3,000 from the Foundation to replace window units of the historical Long Society Meeting House located in Preston. The Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury will use its $500 award to upgrade and redesign museum and library areas to improve the presentation of items and artifacts for members and community education and research.

Also, the Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society in Danielson was awarded $200 from the Foundation for materials to build a shelving unit for the storage of museum displays. Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut in Pomfret received an annual support grant of $1,000 that helps to continue to bring musical performances to elementary school students in Northeastern CT.

“We understand the value of preserving our history and celebrating the present through the performing arts,” said Merchant. “We are pleased to support both of these objectives through the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.”

On the steps of the Long Society Meeting House are (front left) Linda Christensen, President, and (front right) Donna Bowles, Vice President, of the Preston Historical Society, with (back) Mary Papenfoth, Branch Manager of the Preston office of Jewett City Savings Bank.