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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.

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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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Events

2016 Theme:  Eric Sloane and New England Apples

Saturday April 30th  Join us and be a part of history!  Planting of the Noah Blake Orchard in heirloom trees, 1-3 p.m.  Informal outdoor talk on best practices when it comes to planting and initial care and concerns with heirloom varieties with noted authority Peter Montgomery.  Participants will be invited to help plant small heirloom variety apple trees in the orchard.  This will be a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, but you must RSVP.  Please call the museum at 860-927-3849 to RSVP for this historic event.

Saturday June 11th  Connecticut Open House, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Free admission to the museum.  Innovations in Wood Sculpture, art inspired by Eric Sloane’s “placements” that used artisan-made tools to create works of art.

Saturday June 18th  Talk by Peter Montgomery, noted authority on Connecticut heirloom apples, covering the history, development, and current restoration efforts concerning Connecticut’s heirloom apple trees.  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, but you must RSVP.  Please call the museum at 860-927-3849.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Saturday July 23rd  Opening of the annual art exhibit and sale.  This year’s theme:  Eric Sloane and New England Apples.  Free admission to the museum and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday August 27th  Make your own walking stick using cuttings from apple trees from Eric Sloane’s orchard!  This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, but you must RSVP.  Please call the museum at 860-927-3849.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 23rd, 24th & 25th  Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s Fall Festival.  Discounted admission to the museum.

Saturday October 8th   In Celebration of the New England Apple  Come taste the best of what the region has to offer:  Apple cider, apple pie and cake and more!  This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, but you must RSVP.  Please call the museum at 860-927-3849.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.