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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum to assist in the preservation and interpretation of the Eric Sloane Museum and its collection, to encourage and promote visitation, and to enhance public appreciation of the legacy of artist and author Eric Sloane.

We work in concert with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development and the staff of the Eric Sloane Museum. The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and our directors receive no compensation.


Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum President James Mauch presents Museum Curator Barb Russ with a new weather monitoring station to be used with visitors and school groups. Meteorologist Mike Cameron from Channel 3 WFSB in Connecticut looks on.

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The Eric Sloane Museum

The Eric Sloane Museum was created through a partnership between the Stanley Tool Works, the State of Connecticut, and author and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985). The museum was completed in 1969 and houses Eric’s extensive collection of early American hand tools and a re-creation of his studio. The museum also has on display a collection of original works of art by Sloane, including examples of his oil paintings and pen and ink drawings.

Adjacent to the museum is a re-creation of Noah Blake’s cabin, built by Eric Sloane to provide visitors with the experience of exploring the world of Noah Blake as Sloane envisioned it in his classic book Diary of An Early American Boy. The campus also includes the remains of the nearly 200-year-old Kent Iron Furnace, as well as a walking trail tour of the iron making industry.


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2017 Theme:

Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin

Announcement of an important development for the 2017 and 2018 programming seasons.  Please click Learn More below for more details.