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Rotary Club of West Hartford Donates to Noah Webster House

Jennifer DiCola Matos, Executive Director Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society receives a donation from Bennett Forrest, President, The Rotary Club of West Hartford. Submitted photo

A $1,500 donation from the Rotary Club of West Hartford will support history and learning.


The Rotary Club of West Hartford recently made a generous $1,500 donation to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. The funds will be used to help preserve the one-and-only birthplace of Noah Webster and the collections of the historical society and to support educational programs for 5,500 Connecticut students annually.

Rotarians have a long history of community service and philanthropy. The Rotary Club of West Hartford donates to local non-profit institutions, offers student scholarships, supports the international effort to eradicate polio, and much more.

Supporting the Noah Webster House is a natural fit for the West Hartford Rotary Club because both organizations are committed to the West Hartford community and to fostering education and literacy. The Noah Webster House is able to offer programs free-of-charge to 20 percent of visiting students and to host The Connecticut Spelling Bee because of community support from people and organizations like the Rotary Club of West Hartford.

The Rotary and the museum have another thing in common … the dictionary.

Noah Webster, perhaps best known as author of An American Dictionary of the English Language, helped create a unique American language and identity with his work. For more than a decade, the Rotary Club of West Hartford has fostered language and literacy with The Dictionary Project by providing a copy of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to every third grade student in the West Hartford Public Schools.

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