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S.T.E.A.M. Education at the Eric Sloane Museum

We are so excited to have you visit the Eric Sloane Museum and to tour the newly opened Noah Blake cabin. Most recently, an S.T.E.A.M. exhibit for visitors of all ages on simple machines and how they work was installed, enhancing the educational mission of the museum.

Visitors to the Noah Blake cabin can now explore how simple machines work via a hands-on series of experiments.

Author Wil Mauch designed and built the exhibit, as well as wrote the step-by-step, easy to follow instructions for the experiments. The experiments were based on Wil’s 2021 Eric Sloane’s Simple Machines: A Boy, A Diary, and the Building of America, available here with 100% of the sales price going to the Mauch Family Fund for Education.

If you aren’t familiar with the cabin, Noah Blake, or Eric’s charming and popular Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805 (1962, Wilfred Funk, Inc.), you might want to explore the following prior to your visit to the Eric Sloane Museum:

For a short history of the Noah Blake cabin with an overview of how the new cabin came to be, click here.

To order a new copy of Eric’s Diary of an Early American Boy to read prior to your visit, click here. 100% of the sales price will be donated to the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

The Noah Blake cabin built by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum
The hearth of the Noah Blake cabin
One of the benefits of rebuilding the cabin was that some of the original furnishings of the cabin – like this 18th c. Connecticut River Valley lift top blanket chest – could now be returned to their original setting.

Plan a visit to the Eric Sloane Museum, nestled just north of the village of Kent, Connecticut. We’ll be happy to welcome you to one of the most interesting and charming museums in the country!