Smith-Harris House Wins State Award

The Smith-Harris House proudly announces that the museum received an Award of Merit for an Educational Program by the Connecticut League of History Organizations for the program Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism.

The Connecticut League of History Organizations presents the competitive Award of Merit to institutions that demonstrate the highest of professional standards, and who enhance and further the understanding of Connecticut history.

The Awards Committee commended the Smith-Harris House for “accommodating different learning styles,” and “connecting to the community through the collection of donations to East Lyme Care & Share, Inc. and connection to the Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp.” The Committee went on to note “the success of the program’s approach as a model for other historic house museums.”

Joanie DiMartino, Smith-Harris House director, said, “We are thrilled to have been presented with an Award of Merit from the CT League of History Organizations. This engaging presentation of the history of death and dying traditions, and how that ties into the history of East Lyme through the Pine Grove Spiritualists, has grown in the past two years through research and collaborative efforts with other organizations in the town, and it’s great for all the hard work and accurate historical research to be recognized by our professional peers.” “Plus,” she added, “this program is a lot of fun for our volunteers, staff, and visitors!  We look forward to it each October!”