Eric Sloane Harvest Party on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum

August 17, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane Harvest Party on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum

On October 14, 2017, the Friends of the Eric Sloane  Museum are  throwing a Harvest Party to raise money for the Noah Blake Cabin Restoration Fund…

…and you are invited!

4-6 p.m. at the Eric   Sloane Museum

Kent, CT

*$10 admission per person as a donation * Dinner is on us * Local Craft Beers courtesy of Kent Falls Brewing Company * Free Admission to the Museum * Bonfire * Silent Auction including works by  Sloane * Original works of art for sale by Eric   Sloane *   Special tours of    the  Cabin * Historic displays related to building in America, c. 1805 *   Door prizes

You won’t want to miss this event!

Call 860-927-3849 for information.

Your invitation to the Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 16, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Your invitation to the Harvest Party at the Eric Sloane Museum

We would love to have you join us on October 14th from 4-6 p.m. for our harvest party.  Click the invitation link below and plan on joining us in October.

Harvest Party 2017 email invitation

Events in August and September at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 15, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Events in August and September at the Eric Sloane Museum

Be sure to stop by the Eric Sloane Museum for our August and September programs:

Saturday, August 19th Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse program by Historian Georg Papp, who 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.

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. Joe Buda will be on hand to share his knowledge of early American tools. On Saturday, September 23rd, from noon until 3 p.m., learn about the restoration of the Noah Blake Cabin, view early American tools, materials, 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.

Welcome John Pennings

August 15, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Welcome John Pennings
The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum welcome our newest board member, John Pennings. Many of you know John as a fixture at the Eric Sloane Museum and as the author of an upcoming work on Eric. John, we’re happy to have you join us!
 
John grew up on a dairy farm in Warwick, Orange County, NY. He graduated in 1978 from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an electrical engineer for IBM for the next 38 years, retiring in 2016. John is currently the Historian for the Town of Montgomery, also in Orange County. He lives with his wife Rose in Walden, NY, where they own and manage a tree farm. They are members of the Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley. John served previously as a trustee on the board of that society. He is also a volunteer firefighter in his community.
John has a passion for post and beam construction. He and his wife built their own passive solar home and large barn and have helped four other local families with the design and construction of their own post and beam homes. In 2004, he took over the design, joinery and raising of the timber frame for a cottage that stands on the grounds of the Brick House and Farmer’s Museum in Montgomery, NY. The cottage is a replica of the Abraham Brian farmhouse located on the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. The cottage and museum grounds are used for Civil War re-enactments by the 124th Regiment New York State Volunteers, known as the Orange Blossoms.
John has been a fan of Eric Sloane since the mid-1980s and a serious collector of all things Sloane for the last 15 years. He is currently writing a book on Sloane, continuing the work started by Dr. Dean Mawdsley with The America of Eric Sloane: a Collector’s Bibliography. John is looking forward to working with the Friends board and the community in restoring the Noah Blake cabin on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum over the next few years.

Emergency Kit for Girls!

July 28, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Emergency Kit for Girls!

 

Emergency Kit for girls!

Everything a girl might need in an emergency!

What to put in your kit:

Emergency money

Hair ties

Bobby Pins

Band-Aids

Lip balm

Anti-itch cream

Mouthwash

Dental Floss

Q-tips

Cleansing and makeup removing pads

Germ-X

Cough Drops

 

 

Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake: 1805 Part IV In Our Series

June 30, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake: 1805 Part IV In Our Series

Here is Part IV in our series exploring Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy.  In Part IV, Edith and I examine Sloane’s question:  Are tools art?

Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake:1805 Part V of Our Series

June 30, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake:1805 Part V of Our Series

Here is the latest installment in our series of videos following Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy.  In this video, Edith and I show how to make ink from berries, just like Noah did c. 1805.  We hope you have as much fun watching this video as we had making it!

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

June 16, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane and the traditional Bell Ringing at the Eric Sloane Museum

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

June 16, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane and the Noah Blake cabin restoration

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!