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Elizabeth Pratt FoxEducation

Winter Institute, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware, 1985

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, M.A., Art History, 1977

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, B.F.A., Art History, 1975

Experience

1997-present   Museum and Historic Site Consultant, Strategic Planning, Collection Assessment, Interpretative Planning, Preservation and Programming

2010-present   Peer Advisor, Peer Advisor Network, Office of Culture and Tourism, Department of Economic and Community Development, State of Connecticut

2012-present      Mentor, STEPS-CT Program (Standard and Excellence Program for History Organizations), Connecticut Humanities and Connecticut League of History Organizations

2010-present    Commissioner, Cheshire Historic District Commission (reappointed through 2014), Chairperson, 2012- ; Chair of the Education/Community Outreach Committee, 2010-2012

2009-2015    Board Member, Connecticut League of History Organizations;  2010-12 Program Chair, Out & About Program, 2013-2015, Chair, Business Affiliates

1988-1997 Curator, The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut

1985-1988  Associate Curator/ Registrar, The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut

1982-1985  Research Associate, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Co-coordinator, “The Great River: Art and Society of the Connecticut Valley, 1635-1820”

1981-1982 Curatorial Assistant, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

1980-1981 Field Researcher, The Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., for Connecticut and Rhode Island

1980 Project Director, IMS Inventory Project, Antiquarian and Landmarks Society (now Connecticut Landmarks), Hartford, Connecticut

1978-1979 National Museum Act Intern, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Publications

“Zimri Moody, Cabinetmaker,”with Lynn Friedman, Connecticut Explored, Volume 14, Number 3, Summer 2016, 40-41

“The Trumbull Dynasty,” with Alicia Wayland, Connecticut Explored, Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 2010, 38-43

“The Case of the Missing Overmantel,” Hog River Journal (now Connecticut Explored), Volume 5, Number 1, Winter 2006/2007, 50-51

Exhibition catalogue, “Making Ends Meet: Financing Every-Day Life for a Madison Family, 1685-1865,” with Warner Lord, Deacon John Grave House, Madison, Connecticut, 2006 (awarded Third Place, New England Museum Association Publication Awards, 2007)

Exhibition Review, “Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Uncas,” Peabody Museum of Natural History, Connecticut History, Volume 43, Number 1, Spring 2003

Exhibition Review, “Fairfield in the Forties: The War Years and Aftermath,” Fairfield Historical Society, Connecticut History, Volume 41, Number 2, Fall 2002

Exhibition Review, “Three Centuries of Sheldon: From Farming to Industry and Beyond,” Sheldon History Center, Connecticut History, Volume 39, Number 1, Spring 2000

Preface, Drums A’Beating, Trumpets Sounding: Artistically Carved Powder  Horns in the Provincial Manner, 1746-1781, Hartford, Connecticut: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1993

“‘Good Thoughts in Good Dress’: Lydia Sigourney, Hartford Poet” (with Gary E. Wait and Everett C. Wilkie, Jr.) The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, volume 40, numbers 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1992), 5-127

From Pencil to Palette: Landscapes by George Edward Candee, 1837-1907, New Haven, Connecticut: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1991

“‘Laid with Dutch Tyles’: The Use of Tin-glazed Tiles in Connecticut,” The Connecticut Antiquarian, 40, no.1 (Winter 1989), 20-29

Review: Jessie Poesch. The Art of the Old South: Paintings, Sculpture, Architecture and the Products of Craftsmen, 1560-1860 . The Decorative Arts Newsletter , 12, no. 4 (December 1986), 8-9

Contributor, The Great River: Art and Society of the Connecticut River Valley, 1635-1820. Hartford, Connecticut: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1985, winner of The Charles F. Montgomery Prize for the most distinguished contribution to the study of American decorative arts and Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History

“A Survey of Lighting Devices in the Society’s Collections,” The Connecticut Antiquarian, 22, no. 2 (December 1980), 15-22

“Southern Furniture: Baltimore to Charleston,” New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Art Gallery, 1978

Contributor, Silver Illustrated. New York: Yale University Art Gallery and American Federation of the Arts, 1978

Consulting Positions

Evaluator, “Ralph Earl: The Face of the Young Republic, 1780-1815” Symposium, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, for The Connecticut Humanities Council, April 29, 1992

Evaluator, “Regional Diversity and Innovation in Early American Furniture”  Symposium, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, for the Connecticut Humanities  Council, March 26, 1993

Humanities Scholar, Farmington Canal Exhibition, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut, 1995

Advisor, “The Amistad Revolt: “All We Want Is Make Us Free” video, 1995

Advisor, Collection Policy, The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol, Connecticut, 1997

Evaluator, “A Taste of Richness,” Exhibition, Lockwood Matthews Museum, Norwalk, Connecticut, for the Connecticut Humanities Council, 1997

Evaluator, “Stitches Through Time: Women and Their Embroidery,” Wilton Historical Society, Wilton, Connecticut, for the Connecticut Humanities Council, 1997

Author, Interpretive and Furnishing Plan, Jonathan Trumbull Junior House, Town of Lebanon, Connecticut, 1997

Consultant/Curator, “From Slavery to Civil Rights: The African-American Community of Southeastern Connecticut,” an exhibition at the New London County Historical Society, New London, Connecticut, 1998-1999

Evaluator, “Bush-Holley House Museum and Historic Site Visitor Center Exhibition and Marketing Programs, The Historical Society of Greenwich,” for the Connecticut Humanities Council, 1998

Consultant, “20th Century History Gallery,” pre-planning for Connecticut Humanities Council planning grant, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut, 1998

Panelist and facilitator, Board Retreat, Ward-Heitman House Museum, West Haven, Connecticut, January 23, 1999

Consultant, “Collection Assessment and Interpretative Planning: Rethinking the Stories of the Town of Simsbury,” Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, Connecticut, 1999

Consultant, “Planning for Reinterpretation of the Griswold House,” Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1999

Facilitator and author,  Strategic Plan and Mission Statement, Windsor Historical Society, Windsor, Connecticut, August 7, 1999

Facilitator and author, Strategic and Building Plan, New Hartford Historical Society, New Hartford, Connecticut, April-May, 2000

Project Director/ Curator, Long-term History Exhibition “Turning the Soil: The Land and People of Lebanon,” an exhibition at the Lebanon Historical Society, Lebanon, Connecticut, 1997-2000 (Award of Merit, Connecticut League of Historic Organizations and the Association for the Study of State and Local History)

Consultant, Reinterpretation of the Phelps House, “Phelps Tavern: The Entertainment of Strangers,” an exhibition and interpretative plan at the Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, Connecticut, 1999-2001

Guest Curator, “The Banjo: The People and The Sounds of America’s Folk Instrument,” an exhibition at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, 2000-2001

Consultant/ Co-Project Director, “www.towngreens.com,” Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, 2001 (Wilbur Cross Award, The Connecticut Humanities Council and Award of Merit, Connecticut League of Historic Organizations and the Association for the Study of State and Local History)

Consultant, “Ukulele Fever: The Craze that Swept America,” an exhibition at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut, 2001

Consultant, “Building Space Study,” Westport Historical Society, Westport, Connecticut, 2001

Co-presenter, “Collections Care and Management for Museum Staff and Volunteers,” a four-day workshop, Connecticut League of Historic Organizations, 2001

Consultant, “Businesses and Industries in New Hartford,” an exhibition at the New Hartford Historical Society, New Hartford, Connecticut, 2002

Consultant/ Curator, “Changing Seasons, Changing Lives,” an exhibition at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington, Connecticut, 2000-2004

Consultant, “Collection Assessment, Documentation and Conservation Project,” Noah Webster House, West Hartford, Connecticut, 2002-2004

Evaluator, “Fairfield in the Forties: The War Years and Aftermath,” Fairfield Historical Society, for the Connecticut Humanities Council, 2003

Lead Faculty, “You Can Do It! Planning and Building Good Exhibits,” a three-day workshop, Connecticut League of Historic Organizations, 2003

Script Review, “The Fireland: Reparations for the Burning of Norwalk,” an exhibition at the Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2004

Evaluator, ““Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Uncas,” Peabody Museum of Natural History, for the Connecticut Humanities Council, 2003

Facilitator and author, Strategic Plan, Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2003-2004

Evaluator, “Connecticut Industry Mural,” University of Hartford, for the Connecticut Humanities Council, 2004

Consultant, “Lelia Day Nursery: Celebrating 125 Years,” an exhibition at the New Haven Colony Historical Society by the Lelia Day Nursery, New Haven, 2004

Signage Improvements, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, for the State Historic Preservation Office and Office of Museum Administration, Division, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, 2004

Consultant, “Collection Assessment, Documentation and Conservation Project,” Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin, Connecticut, 2004-2005

Consultant and author, Venture Programs: Town Common/ Town Green, Discovering Nature and Green and Growing, Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, 2004-2005

Facilitator and author,  Strategic Plan, Suffield Historical Society, Suffield, Connecticut, 2005

Consultant/ curator “Making Ends Meet: Financing Every-Day Life for a Madison Family, 1685-1865,” an exhibition at the Deacon John Grave House, Madison, Connecticut, 2005-2006 (Exhibition Catalogue, Third Place, 2007 Publication Award, New England Museum Association)

Consultant, “Collection Assessment and Interpretative Plan of the Norwich History Collection,” Slater Memorial Museum Norwich, Connecticut, 2004-2006

Consultant and author, Interpretative Plan, Clara Barton Birthplace Museum, North Oxford, MA, 2005-2006

Consultant, “Collection Storage Assessment,” (one day review of the collection storage areas at the downtown site), New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain,  Connecticut, 2006

Curator, “The New Haven Bar: From Colonies to Today,” an exhibition at the New Haven Museum and Historical Society for the New Haven County Bar Association, 2006-2008

Facilitator and author, Strategic Plan, Prospect Historical Society, Prospect, Connecticut, 2007

Author, Furnishings Plan, Medad Stone Tavern, Guilford Keeping Society, Guilford, CT, 2007-2008

Presenter, “Curatorial Best Practices: The Fundamentals of Managing and Caring for Your Collections,” Connecticut League of History Organizations, 2008

Consultant, Institutional Assessment, Rowayton Historical Society, Rowayton, Connecticut, 2008

Facilitator and author, Strategic Plan, Rowayton Historical Society, Rowayton, Connecticut, 2009

Guest Curator, “Jonathan Trumbull, Senior and the Role of Merchants in 18th century Eastern Connecticut,” an exhibition at the Lebanon Historical Society, Lebanon, Connecticut, 2009

Co- Curator, “Hopkins School: Celebrating 350 Years,” an exhibition at the New Haven Museum for Hopkins School, New Haven, Connecticut, 2009

Consultant and author, Collection Assessment, Monroe Historical Society, Connecticut, 2010

Archival Assessor, Archival Assessment Program, Conservation Connection, Connecticut State Library, 2010-2011

Curator, “Lincoln and the Oath of 1863,” New Haven Public Library, 2011

Consultant, Carousels in Museums: Outreach and Educational Programs, New England Carousel Museum, Bristol, CT, 2011

Norwich History Gallery, Norwich Historical Society, Norwich, CT, 2011-2012

Collections Care and Storage Assessment, Oxford Historical Society, Oxford, CT, 2011

Institutional Assessment, Torrington Historical Society, Torrington, CT, 2011

Curator, Adee Boathouse exhibition at the Canal Dock Boathouse (with Dean Sakamoto Architects) for the City of New Haven, 2011-2012

Consultant, Collection Cataloging Plan, New Britain Youth Museum, 2013

Consultant, “Exhibition Planning,” Falls Village/ Canaan Historical Society, 2013

Co-curator, “Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square,” New Haven Museum, 2013-2014 (Award of Merit, Connecticut League of History Organizations, 2014 and the Bruce Frazier Award of the Association for the Stdy of Connecticut History for the best work on a significant aspect of Connecticut’s public history, 2014

Consultant, Strategic Plan, Madison Historical Society, Madison, Connecticut, 2013

Consultant, Strategic Plan, Totoket Historical Society, North Branford, Connecticut, 2013

Consultant, Exhibition Planning, Falls Village/Canaan Historical Society, 2013

Consultant/ Facilitator,  Norwich Heritage Alliance Planning Workshop, Norwich Historical Society, 2013

Consultant, Storage and Archival Supply Plan. Warren Historical Society, 2014

Consultant,  Audience Development Focus Group Study, Haddam Historical Society, 2014-2015

Curator, “From Clocks to Lollypops: Made in New Haven,” New Haven Museum, 2014-

Curator, “Norwalk Collects,” Norwalk Historical Society, 2014-16

Exhibition Consultant, ” Over There, Over Here: Madison and WW I,” Madison Historical Society, 2016

Picture Editor,  “Connecticut Architecture: A History of 100 Places,” a book produced by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and to be published by Wesleyan University Press in the Fall of 2017, 2015-2016

Curator, “Signs of the Times,” at Fodor Farm, for the Norwalk Historical Society and the City of Norwalk, 2015-2016

Curator, “Eating Off the Landscape: The Farrington Dessert Service,” Norwalk Historical Society, 2015-2016

Curator, “The Splendor of Silver” (working title), Norwalk Historical Society, to open in Winter 2016

Other

Member, The Charles F. Montgomery Prize Committee, Decorative Arts Society of America, 1987

Member, The American Ceramics Circle, elected 1987

Collections Committee, American Silver Museum, 1987-1989

Advisory Committee, New London County Historical Society, 1993-1994

Collections Committee, The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Hartford, 1993-1997

Pardee Morris House Advisory Committee, New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1982-1989

Judge, Connecticut History Day, State Contest, 1986-1988, 1996-1997

Reviewer, Museum Assessment Program, American Association of Museums, 1992-1994

Evaluator, grants submitted to the Connecticut Humanities Council, 1997-1998

Board Nomination Committee, Cheshire Historical Society, 2000-2001

Presenter, “Let’s Put on a Show: Designing Long Term Exhibits for Small Museums,” New England Museum Association, Newport, RI, November 16, 2001

Presenter, “Can This Marriage Be Saved: Life as a Consultant,” New England Museum Association, Mystic, Connecticut, November 12, 2003

Scholar-in-Residence, Humanities Foundation of Massachusetts at the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum, 2005

Associate Editor, Exhibition Reviews, Connecticut History, Association for the Study of Connecticut History, 1999-2005

Board of Directors, Connecticut League of History Organizations, 2009-

Program Chair, Out and About Program, 2010-2011

Peer Advisor, Peer Advisory Network, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, 2010-

Commissioner, Cheshire Historic District Commission, 2010- (appointed through 2014), elected chairperson 2012

Presenter, “Developing New Haven’s New Township: Wooster Square and Its Neighborhood,” Association for the Study of CT History’s Connecticut’s Cities: Past, Present, Future, April 3, 2014

Grants

1988-2013

Successfully obtained grants totally over $308,273.00, 1997-present

Connecticut Humanities Council, for the Lebanon Historical Society, Technical Assistance Grant for planning a permanent history exhibition, $4,969.50,   1997

Connecticut Humanities Council, for the Lebanon Historical Society, Planning Grant for planning a permanent history exhibition, $24,867,   1998

Connecticut Humanities Council, for the Simsbury Historical Society, Technical Assistance Grant for Collection Assessment and Interpretative Planning, $3,400, 1999

Connecticut Humanities Council, for the Simsbury Historical Society, Planning Grant for reinterpretation of the Phelps Homestead, $11,500,   1999

Connecticut Humanities Council, for “Turning the Soil: The Land and People of Lebanon,” Implementation Grant, Lebanon Historical Society, $77,431.80,   2000

Connecticut Humanities Council, for “Phelps Tavern: The Entertainment of Stranglers,” $67,005.40,   2000

Connecticut Humanities Council, for “The Preservation and Interpretation of the Landscape in Connecticut,” for the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, $3,444.60,   2002

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Historic Restoration Fund Grant for restoring 1889 bell tower at St. Peter’s Church in Cheshire, CT, $49,900,   2007

Partners in Preservation Grant, Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Office of Culture and Tourism, Department of Economic and Community Development, for printing book of Cheshire Street Tour, $1,066, 2013

Grant and Donations for Historic District Signs, Town of Cheshire from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Office of Culture and Tourism, Department of Economic and Community Development, Julia A. Humiston Fund and the Cheshire Historical Society, $3,521.10 , 2015