“Putnam Memorial State Park marks an important part of Connecticut’s history,” added Congressman Jim Himes. “This site housed 3,000 Revolutionary War soldiers in 1778 and 1779 and the encampment played an indispensable strategic role for the Continental Army, allowing soldiers to protect the Hudson River Valley and Long Island Sound. I’m thrilled that this federal grant will bring the stories of the Revolutionary War to life and make the park’s history more accessible.”
CRIS Radio is the state’s only radio-reading service, broadcasting human-narrated articles published in newspapers, magazines, and store sales flyers. In addition to its 24/7 broadcasts, CRIS also produces audio versions of children’s classroom materials and Braille children’s books for early readers, Spanish-language magazines and newspapers, and audio tours using QR Codes and GPS technology.
For this project, CRIS will leverage GPS and GIS technology on its CRISAccess Audio Tour smartphone app to ensure access to the Redding encampment’s stories can be accessed by all visitors, including those with disabilities. A seasonal museum and visitor center are open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
The Project Team includes representatives of CRIS Radio, faculty members from the Connecticut State Universities and Colleges (CSCU), individuals from the Connecticut State Library and Connecticut Historical Society, and the state Department of Education. State and Community Partners include the Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation, State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Memorial State Park.
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