Connecticut Humanities (CTH), one of the largest and most prosperous state humanities councils in the country, created a model of the public humanities around the production of heritage tourism. State funding for heritage tourism helped CTH develop into a major advocacy organization that has provided funding and capacity building services to the state’s heritage institutions while it also cultivated appreciation and understanding of Connecticut history. But because of state budget deficits and the failure of heritage tourism to sustain the state’s history museums, heritage tourism may no longer offer a viable paradigm and CTH must likely develop a new model of the public humanities that engages more directly with public audiences and a wider variety of humanities organizations.

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