The Eric Sloane Biography

June 19, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on The Eric Sloane Biography

Available now through Weather Hill Farm:   Aware:  A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.  Learn more. about the biography of Eric Sloane by clicking here.

Eric Sloane and the traditional Bell Ringing at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Our next event will take place on Tuesday, July 4th, at 2 p.m.  Join Barb Russ for the traditional bell ringing ceremony at 2 p.m.  The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, please contact Barb at 860-927-3849.

Eric Sloane and the Noah Blake cabin restoration

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New Friends of the Eric Sloane board member John Pennings and I had a great time together during Saturday’s Connecticut Open House.  John and I were able to speak with dozens of visitors interested in Eric Sloane, the museum, the friends group, and the Noah Blake Cabin and restoration project.

In the photograph above, you’ll see two super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful guys.  At left is Bruce Perry and at right is John Pennings.  Bruce has donated his time to the Eric Sloane Museum to repair and clean several artifacts, and he has very generously agreed to donate several early American tolls and implements to the Noah Blake cabin from his extensive collection.  The gentleman on the right is our newest board member, John Pennings.  Those of you from the Eric Sloane community will no doubt recognize John as he is very active in all things Sloane.  John is completing a book that identifies many, many contributions by Eric to numerous magazines, newspapers, and books John has uncovered since the publication of Dean Mawdsley’s The America of Eric Sloane: A Collector’s Bibliography.

    Here is the “station” John and I set up in front of the Noah Blake cabin.  You can see a mortise machine and a hand drill at left, some examples of pit sawn lubber, some chisels, and a “commander” leaning up against the right side of the table.  John and I also brought broadaxes,  hand planes, nails, trunnels, and a host of other tools and material that would have been used to build a cabin in the early 1800s.  We had a wonderful time speaking with our many guest and demonstrating the adze on some wood.

Bruce Perry shows museum curator Barb Russ a yoke for carrying buckets

       John and I hope to see you on Saturday, September 23rd, from noon until 3 p.m., when we will again bring examples of early American tools and material that would have been used c. 1800, provide tours of the Noah Blake cabin, answer questions about the cabin, Eric Sloane, and our restoration efforts, and share information about our series of hands-on classes in traditional building techniques that will utilize the cabin as a classroom.  We’d love to see you there!

The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum Thanks Nancy and Sam Hipsher

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Our thanks to our latest contributors to the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration fund, Nancy and Sam Hipsher, who included a very nice letter with their donation. Nancy and Sam bought, disassembled, moved, and repaired two antique barns for use on their historic property. Sam sounds to me like a kindred spirit of Eric Sloane, judging by Nancy’s description of his talent and dedication to the restoration of their property. Nancy wrote “We wish you good luck on your Noah Blake cabin rebuilding in 2018 and look forward to hearing more about your project as you proceed. Eric Sloane would surely have appreciated your efforts as they represent the best of community and neighborly spirit.” Thank you, Nancy and Sam.

The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum Receives a Large Donation from The Oaklawn Foundation

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It is with gratitude that we accept a very generous financial gift from The Oaklawn Foundation, c/o Will Kies. Thank you!

Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy: How to make Noah Blake’s Quill Pen

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Here is part three in our video series that examines Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake:  1805.  In this video, Edith and I show how to make your very own quill pen following Eric’s directional drawings from the book:

Eric Sloane and Diary of An Early American Boy

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Eric Sloane’s Diary of an Early American Boy

 It will come as no surprise to those of you who know us that we find nearly every work, literary and artistic, of Eric Sloane’s inspirational.  Eric Sloane, N.A. (1905-1985) was an incredibly talented artist and author who chronicled much of early American life and culture. His personal journey to becoming one of the world’s most successful artists is fascinating.

One of the books Eric wrote that we find particularly interesting is Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy, which chronicles part of the year in the life of one young Noah Blake.  Noah had written a diary in the year 1805, a diary Eric found more than 150 years later and turned it in to this classic book for young adults.  You can read about Eric Sloane, the book, and the Noah Blake cabin here.  Edith and I created a website devoted to the book and the cabin, which was re-created on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum by Eric himself in the early 1970s.  Our goal is to explain thoroughly how the book can and should be used by students to learn American history, mathematics, physics, art, social studies, geometry, and much more.

Our current effort related to this project is the production of a series of videos to introduce the book and show viewers how to make a diary and a quill pen like the ones Noah used in Diary of An Early American Boy.  To date, we have created the introductory video:

and the instructional video for creating an replica of an early American diary:

Like all of our projects, we’re having a great time learning some new skills we never knew we were going to need (like video editing and voiceovers!).  You can follow us on our journey of exploration of Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy through www.noahblakeproject.com.

Edith’s take:  Other than an artist and author, Eric Sloan was an inspirer, perhaps not to all, especially those who are not educated in the wonderful works of Eric Sloan. Part of the reason he is an inspirer [to me anyway] is his dedication to learning all about life in the early American days. He could tell you just about anything about the clouds, sky or [of course] early America. You don’t have many people who have/ are researching about early America. And once you stop and think about it, it is really very cool and must have took some serious dedication.

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2017: Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin

Saturday, May 6th – The Eric Sloane Museum kicks off the 2017 season with a series of lectures by President of the Kent Historical Association, Friends of the Eric Sloane board member, and historian Mike Everett. The first lecture, Nature: the Howling Wilderness will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on May 6th. 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 per class 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 some great benefits, too!). This lecture includes admission to the museum. Other membership levels are also available.

Saturday & Sunday, May 5th & May 6th – Discounted Admission to the Eric Sloane Museum in conjunction with the Connecticut Antique Machinery Associations Spring Power Up.

Saturday, May 20th – The second in the lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum: Geometry – who owned land, how does it get subdivided? What types of regulations were in place compared to today’s standards and what is the evolution of restrictions? This lecture will be held from 9 to 10:30 on May 20th. Suggested donations $10 per class or free with the purchase of a Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum family level membership.

Saturday, June 3rd – The third in the lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum: Built Form – Built to Survive, looking for surplus, wealth, organizations of building, how convention of building changes, how a building indicated status using ornamentation to enhance appearance of class. Ordinary versus extraordinary equaled the distinction that continues through today. This lecture will be held Saturday, June 3rd from 9 to 10:30 on June 3rd. Suggested donations $10 per class or free with the purchase of a Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum family level membership.

Saturday June 10th – Connecticut Open House, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission to the Eric Sloane Museum. Learn about the restoration of the Noah Blake Cabin, view early American tools and methods of construction that would have been used to build a c. 1805 structure, take a tour of the cabin with Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum founder Jim Mauch, and learn about our upcoming hands-on classes in traditional building skills.

Tuesday, July 4th – The museum will be open from 10 to 4 with the traditional bell ringing at 2:00 PM. The bell ringing is free but admission is charged to visit the museum.

Saturday, August 19th Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse program in conjunction with the return of the Noah Blake outhouse, restored off-site by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum. Historian Georg Papp will bring outhouse models representing separate eras in addition to display boards, photos and articles. This talk will be informative as well as entertaining with some American history mixed in. The lecture is free but donations on behalf of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are welcome. 10 A.M., followed by the re-dedication of the restored Noah Blake outhouse. Sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 22nd, 23rd, & 24th. Discount admission is being offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Antique Machinery’s Fall Festival, 10 to 4 each day. On Saturday, September 23rd, from noon until 3 p.m., learn about the restoration of the Noah Blake Cabin, view early American tools and methods of construction that would have been used to build a c. 1805 structure, take a tour of the cabin with Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum founder Jim Mauch, and learn about our upcoming hands-on classes in traditional building skills.

October – Fundraising event to raise money for the restoration of the Noah Blake Cabin. More information to be announced.

For more information on any of these programs, please call the museum at 860-927-3849

          I hope that I might be quoted someday as having said: “The only value of age is that it gave time for someone to have done something worthwhile”.

-Eric Sloane, The Second Barrel

 

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Thank You to our new and renewing members of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum

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Our thanks to our new and renewing members (since 1/17) in the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.  Your financial support provides events, programming, and logistical support to the staff of the Eric Sloane Museum.  Your commitment underscores your support of Eric Sloane and the museum he founded.  Thank you.

Volunteer Membership ($20 annually)

Spencer Parrish

Individual Membership ($35 annually)

Anne Gallagher, Anne Gallagher Catering

Hattie Mauch

Bruce H. Perry

Clayton Preston

Scott Sheldon

George Stickels

Gayle Waterman

Dayna Wenzel

Family Membership ($50 annually)

William and Karen Kovacs

Alice and Richard Mandel

Ted and Jeanne Storb

Robert and Susan Vincent

Sponsor Membership ($100 or more annually)

Robin Dill, House of Books

Peter and Carol Kern

James and Rebecca Mauch

David and Allison Shelby

Harold H. Stewart

Thank You To Our Contributors to the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund

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We thank the following people for their generous financial support for our Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund:

Robin Dill (Robin owns Kent’s House of Books and has been a steadfast supporter of the Friends group for years).

Carol Fenner, in memory of her husband Robert Fenner.  Bob was a great admirer of Eric Sloane and worked tirelessly on several projects related to commemorating Eric, one of the most significant being  the Eric Sloane Commemoratives Committee.  Bob organized and ran the committee, with the stated purpose of working to ensure that Eric Sloane was honored on a United States postage stamp.  Bob was of critical help during the formation of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, and his wisdom was sought on many occasions.  Specifically, Bob was instrumental in assisting with the onerous task of filing for 501c3 non-profit status with the IRS.  Bob shared with Friends founder James Mauch copies of his work related to forming the Eric Sloane Commemoratives Committee so that the Friends group would have a model from which to work for their own application.  It can be stated that it is doubtful that the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum would have ever achieved non-profit status without Bob’s help.  We’ll all miss his insight, wisdom, and guidance.

Anne Gallagher, Chef extraordinaire, who provided her talents to the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum during our dedication of the traditional New England dry laid stone wall,  Chef Anne became a member, supporter, and friend.

Arthur C. Hastings

Peter and Carol Kern, long time supporters who knew Eric Sloane.

William and Karen Kovacs

James and Rebecca Mauch, parents of founder James Mauch.

Bruce H. Perry, who has graciously offered some early American tools from his collection to help outfit the cabin.

Clayton Preston, talented artist and supporter, who has shown his art at our annual show since it’s inception.

David and Allison Shelby

Harold Stewart, our friend from the other side of the country, who has supported us generously for many years.

Ted and Jeanne Storb

Dayna Wenzel, another talented artist who joins us annually for our art exhibit and sale.  You can see her art here.

Thank You!