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2 Connecticut sites named as historic landmarks

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Two historic Connecticut properties are being designated as national historic landmarks.
 
The James Merrill House in Stonington and Steward's House in Cornwall are among 10 new properties being recognized as having exceptional value to the nation. They were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.
 
Federal officials say the 10 new landmarks include properties that honor the nation's LGBT and civil rights history.
 
The James Merrill House, for example, was once the home of writer James Merrill. He won every major award for poetry in the U.S. and was known for writing about gay life.
 
The Steward's House, or Foreign Mission School, provided an evangelical education to students from approximately 30 countries in the 19th century and prompted debate about interracial relationships.