Building Stronger
Museums Together 

"I have found this program to be a great beginning and a way to rethink what we have been doing - both how to do it better and how to use information more productively, and to be proud of what we have done that is valid."

                                                    - Participant, StEPs-CT class of 2012-2013

Applications for the 2018 StEPs-CT program! 

Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations proudly announce that applications for the 2018-20 StEPs-CT program are now being accepted! StEPs-CT is designed for smaller Connecticut museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations that are interested, willing and committed to strengthening their organizations.

We hope to accept up to 10 organizations, per curriculum unit, into the StEPs-CT program for 2018-20. Program participants are chosen through a competitive application process. The application is designed to be easy to access and complete. Applications are due by November 17, 2017.

Download a copy of the StEPs-CT application form:

First Time Applicants

Returning StEPs-CT Organizations

Interested in applying?  

We highly recommend that you come to an upcoming StEPs-CT Alumni Circle Information Sessions scheduled in October. Representatives from Connecticut Humanities, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, and organizations that participated in the 2012-17 StEPs-CT classes will be on hand to introduce StEPs-CT, explain its components and logistics, and answer any questions your organization may have. Sample copies of the StEPs Workbook will be available for preview and program application forms for StEPs -CT will be distributed. Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Upcoming StEPs-CT Information Session (Click  to register)

Date: October 11, 2017
Time: 1:30-4:30 pm
Location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport

Questions? Please contact Laurie Lamarre at


The Connecticut League of History Organizations helps history museums, historical societies, historic house museums and libraries with archival collections build professionalism and ensure their programs and collections remain vibrant community resources. StEPs-CT, a two-year program created with Connecticut Humanities and run in partnership with the Connecticut Historical Society, guides them towards excellence in six areas of organizational practice.


StEPs-CT is based on the "Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations" (StEPs), a national model curriculum developed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). We've added a series of hands-on workshops, expert mentors who are on call to help with the rough spots and a competitive granting fund to support projects related to the program. The StEPs-CT program is the first in the nation to implement the StEPs curriculum on a statewide level.


To be accepted into the program, StEPs-CT organizations need to make a compelling case for how they would benefit from participation and demonstrate commitment to completing the entire program. In return, CTH provides all resources at minimal cost.


Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.



StEPs-CT is a 36-month integrated program of professional development, facilitated conversation, and mentorship for smaller cultural organizations. StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities (CTH) and the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) in partnership with the Connecticut Historical Society based upon a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) called StEPs.

StEPs-CT aligns with the national curriculum created by AASLH. The six standards sections covered over the course of two years are: Mission, Vision, & Governance; Audience; and Management (year 1) and Stewardship of Collections; Stewardship of Historic Structures & Landscapes; and Interpretation (year 2).


StEPs-CT Faculty                       StEPs-CT Participants


StEPs-CT is a program of the  Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities.   StEPs is a program of the American Association for State and Local History with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.





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New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674


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