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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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2016 Theme:  Eric Sloane and New England Apples

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

Saturday October 8th   11:00 – 1:30 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.

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