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2017 EVENTS

May 6 - 9:00-10:30am
"Nature: The Howling Wilderness"
The first in a 3-part lecture series by Mike Everett, Kent Historical Society president, Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum board member, and historian. This talk examines the religious implications of “the untamed wilderness.” For example, early settlers took literally the biblical ideal that man is to organize the land, so colonists brought with them new plants that were to alter the landscape. What are the implications today? Suggested donation of $10 (includes admission to the museum), or purchase a Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum family level membership for $35 for the year and attend all four classes for free (and receive other great benefits, too!). Other membership levels are also available.

May 6-7 - 10:00-4:00
Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s Spring Power-Up & Open House
Discounted admission to the museum.

May 20 - 9:00-10:30am
"Geometry"
The second in a 3-part lecture series by Mike Everett, Kent Historical Society president, Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum board member, and historian. This talk examines who owned land, how it was subdivided, what types of regulations were in place compared to today's standards, and how restrictions evolved. Suggested donation of $10 (includes admission to the museum), or purchase a Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum family level membership for $35 for the year and attend all four classes for free (and receive other great benefits, too!). Other membership levels are also available.

June 3 - 9:00-10:30am
"Built Form: Built to Survive"
The third in a 3-part lecture series by Mike Everett, Kent Historical Society president, Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum board member, and historian. This talk examines how building conventions changed, how buildings indicated status, and how ordinary versus extraordinary equaled the distinction that continues through today. Suggested donation of $10 (includes admission to the museum), or purchase a Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum family level membership for $35 for the year and attend all four classes for free (and receive other great benefits, too!). Other membership levels are also available.

June 10 - 10:00-3:00
Connecticut Open House Day

Free admission. Learn about the restoration of the Noah Blake Cabin, view early American tools, materials, and methods of construction that would have been used to build it in the early 1800s, tour the cabin with Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum founder Jim March, and learn about their upcoming hands-on classes in traditional building skills.

July 4 - 10:00-4:00
Independence Day
The museum is open on this holiday (regular admission rates). Free admission to the annual bell-ringing at 2:00 pm.

August 19 - 10:00am
"Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse"
Historian Georg Papp's talk will be informative as well as entertaining, with some American history mixed in. He will also display outhouse models representing different eras, photos, and articles. The lecture is free, but donations on behalf of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are welcome. The Friends are currently in the middle of an off-site restoration project of the museum's Noah Blake outhouse.

September 22-24
Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s Fall Festival
Discounted admission to the museum all three days. On Saturday and Sunday, museum volunteer Joe Buda will share his knowledge of early American tools. On Saturday (12:00-3:00pm), learn about the restoration of the Noah Blake Cabin, view early American tools, materials, and methods of construction that would have been used to build it in the early 1800s, tour the cabin with Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum founder Jim Mauch, and learn about upcoming hands-on classes in traditional building skills.

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