Advancing Access to History
Thanks to a recently-awarded grant from the
New York Community Trust, the Historic House Trust is primed to launch a two-year initiative that will enhance physical accessibility and inclusive programming at its 23 historic sites.
Current accessibility programming at HHT sites include "wash days" for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Rendering for an accessible ramp designed for the ca. 1720 Dutch-American vernacular style Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn
The Historic House Trust (HHT) is excited to announce a $339,000 grant from the New York Community Trust to improve physical and intellectual access to New York City’s public house museums. This initiative will position HHT and its 23 historic sites at the forefront of such accessibility initiatives across the nation.   

Funding will allow HHT to build on previous work to create an updated plan for making these significant cultural treasures more accessible, and support the creation of innovative pilot programs that will respond to community needs. These improvements will ensure that all populations can participate in the educational opportunities these cultural resources provide.

HHT's Executive Director John Krawchuk notes that the organization is “thrilled to be spearheading this vital project via the generosity of the New York Community Trust, a partnership that will focus on both addressing physical access within historic contexts and launching programming that creates universal interactive experiences. This will result in enhanced exploration at these portals to nearly 400 years of New York City history and inspirational models that can guide other historic sites that strive to broaden accessibility."

HHT invites you to follow along as it forges a future in which history is made available to all. Stay tuned for updates on this important initiative!
Press Contact:
Lisa Anderson, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
(212) 360-8159 | lisa.anderson@parks.nyc.gov
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The Historic House Trust of New York City , in partnership with NYC Parks, advocates for, promotes, and provides expertise to preserve 23 publicly owned historic sites located throughout the city’s five boroughs.