The Meriden Land Trust and the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center

In the spring of 2001 as the Meriden Land Trust entered its second decade, the board of directors
decided to expand the focus of the Meriden Land Trust. Meetings had been small (sometimes very
small) gatherings of dedicated members attending occasionally dry meetings. The board decided that
with the opening of the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, this would be a good time to try having a public
presentation in Meriden’s newly restored showplace. In May 2001, the MLT and the ACCC
presented State geologist Roger Lewis in a presentation on the geology of central Connecticut. Eighty
people well informed attended this well received talk about the land we live upon. As the reaction was
so favorable, we decided to try it again. In May 2003, in conjunction with the ACCC, we presented
state Archeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni in a discussion of the archeology of our region. Well over
100 people attended this standing room only lecture.

We believe that we have hit on something with these kinds of presentations. The success of these two
presentations has shown that there is a real hunger for this kind of cultural activity in Meriden. We
intend to present at least one public presentation of this sort each May to raise the awareness of our
existence and to bring something of substance to our community.