Our Newest Volunteer Joined Scott at the Eric Sloane Museum

July 20, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on Our Newest Volunteer Joined Scott at the Eric Sloane Museum

Scott received some help the other day from our newest volunteer, Sidney Crouch. Sidney and Scott worked together on the siding of Noah’s bedroom. We’re honored to have Sidney join us in rebuilding the cabin. Our thanks to Scott for serving as a mentor, and our thanks to Sidney for his energy and enthusiasm.

More Progress on the Noah Blake Cabin at the Eric Sloane Museum

July 19, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on More Progress on the Noah Blake Cabin at the Eric Sloane Museum

We are receiving a lot of professional-level carpentry from a fantastic volunteer and friend, Scott Sheldon. Scott is doing an amazing job on Noah’s bedroom addition to the cabin. He’s almost done with installing the rough cut beveled siding and it looks great. We’re using reproduction wrought iron nails that are galvanized for weather protection. Who knew they made such a thing in the 21st century?

Nice job, Scott – THANK YOU!

The Gremlins Have Us, Too!

July 14, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on The Gremlins Have Us, Too!

It would appear that the gremlins that invaded the Eric Sloane Museum and created enough havoc to delay substantially the planned renovations decided to pay us a visit at the Noah Blake cabin. We’re taking Eric’s advice (see photo from his 1943 The Gremlins Will Get You If You Don’t Watch Out!!) by smiling and blaming it all on a gremlin.

Cabin on a truck – you call, we haul

The good news is that we were able to build the cabin over three days in June. The challenging news is that it is not quite finished, but we’re still at it! The gremlins made the weather terrible, and despite my friend Chris and I putting in two 16 hour days on day 1 and day 2, plus a 14 hour day on day 3, we just couldn’t quite get it all done. Board member John Pennings and volunteer Scott Sheldon worked on Noah’s bedroom while Chris and I focused on the main cabin. They were a huge help.

We built the cabin using early 19th century timbers, all hand hewn, to replicate Eric’s renditions of the cabin in his 1962 Diary of An Early American Boy. The window and door placements will also mirror Eric’s illustrations for the cabin.

Might as well start….
I don’t think these were available in 1805
There is always a clown on every job site
John Pennings and Scott Sheldon begin framing Noah’s bedroom
Aeriel acrobatics
Kent celebrities

After consulting Barb Russ and Liz Shapiro of DECD, we made a decision to cancel the events that had been scheduled throughout 2019. A variety of factors went into that difficult decision. What we are planning for now is a grand re-opening celebration of the newly-renovated Eric Sloane Museum AND Noah Blake Cabin for Spring of 2020. It is going to be awesome! Thanks for your understanding and for sticking with us through all of the gremlin-related activity! We will continue to keep you posted throughout the rest of the year.

Noah Blake Cabin Footings Installed at the Eric Sloane Museum

March 12, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on Noah Blake Cabin Footings Installed at the Eric Sloane Museum

Our thanks to Mike and Tegan Gawel – they make a great team. They continue to be so helpful in working to ensure that we have a solid foundation for the Noah Blake cabin. Mike and his crew know what they are doing.

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Waiting on Mike Gawel to begin and complete the new foundation for the Noah Blake cabin. Getting excited! In the meantime, our approximately 180 year old hand hewn beams are back from the mill, where the rounded edges of the logs – can you believe these trees would have been mere saplings before the American revolution?– were removed, leaving square logs ready for stacking. Eric Sloane imagined, visualized, and gave life to the Noah Blake cabin – a hewn, stacked log structure – as seen in several drawings in Diary of an American Boy. Our job is to bring Eric’s vision to reality in 2019.

many are 22′ long
hewing marks are as crisp as the day they were made
beautiful!

Protecting the Exhibits at the Eric Sloane Museum

February 23, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on Protecting the Exhibits at the Eric Sloane Museum

This young lady was exceptionally helpful to me these past few days. She and I volunteered together to…

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…build three custom crates to protect exhibits at the Eric Sloane Museum. The exhibits could not be moved, yet the construction firm did not want to begin work with the exhibits exposed. All ready!

Before Sheathing:

And after sheathing:

2019: The 50th Anniversary of the Eric Sloane Museum

February 20, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on 2019: The 50th Anniversary of the Eric Sloane Museum

         During some of the 2019 season, the Eric Sloane Museum will be closed for renovations.  The Friends are offering a series of workshops related to the Noah Blake cabin, dates and additional information below.  Cost is $25 per person for each weekend and you must RSVP by emailing Jim at wil@weatherhillfarm.comor calling 570-204-2906.  Snacks, drinks, and a lunch are included.  Each workshop runs Saturday from 11-4 and Sunday from 10-3, except for Wednesday, July 3rd.

Saturday & Sunday, May 11th & May 12th – Join Jim, John Pennings and Scott Sheldon for the installation of a random width wood floor in the Noah Blake cabin.  

Saturday & Sunday June 22nd& 23rd – Join Jim, John Pennings and Scott Sheldon for the building and installation of two c. 1800 doors in the Noah Blake cabin.

Wednesday July 3rd– Join Jim, John Pennings and Scott Sheldon for the building and installation of two c. 1800 windows in the Noah Blake cabin.   11-3 (Wednesday session only, $15 per person). 

Thursday, July 4th – Come and ring the Eric Sloane bell to celebrate 

our nation’s independence.  Traditional bell ringing at 2:00 PM.  For 

more information, please call the museum at 860-927-3849.

Saturday September 21st.  The 50thAnniversary Celebration of the Eric Sloane Museum.  You’ll not want to miss this event.  Unveiling of the refurbished Eric Sloane Museum, the new Noah Blake cabin, dinner, music, and so much more.   Save the date!  Details to be posted on Facebook and www.friendsoftheericsloanemuseum.org.

2018 Presidents letter in Winter 2018 issue of Legacy, the newsletter of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum

December 9, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on 2018 Presidents letter in Winter 2018 issue of Legacy, the newsletter of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum

Dear Friend in Eric Sloane:

Many of you will recognize my daughter Edith on the cover, holding an Eric Sloane painting we are donating to the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum this year.  The photograph, while cute (I am biased) is symbolic of two challenges for the future.  The painting itself is to me symbolic of support – support for the Friends, support for the museum, and support for the legacy of Eric Sloane.  We donated this painting so it could be sold in the future to help fund the next project that the Friends envisions to enhance the visitation experience at the museum and to help visitors more deeply understand and appreciate the work of Eric Sloane.  Edith is symbolic of the second challenge to engage young people, encouraging them to want to learn and experience early American life and culture. Your support continues to be a critical component of working towards meeting both of these challenges.

         Our goal for 2019 is to erect the cabin and offer an experience for volunteers to help put the finishing touches on and in the building. We’re inviting all of our sponsors, donors, members, and the wider community to take part in four sessions in 2019.  We’ll provide the tools, snacks, and instructions covering many aspects of traditional 18thand early 19thcentury building techniques.  We’ll go over safety, proper use of traditional tools, and technique – if you’ll bring your enthusiasm, sunscreen, bug repellant, proper boots and attire, and a sense of humor.  Join us and be part of a fun and informative experience helping to build the Noah Blake cabin.  

Our collective efforts will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21st, as part of the 50thanniversary celebration of the Eric Sloane Museum – an event you will not want to miss.  Thank you for standing with us– and continuing to stand with us in the future.  

With My Thanks, 

Jim

Moving Stone at the Eric Sloane Museum

November 18, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Moving Stone at the Eric Sloane Museum

Recognize this helpful lady? Barb helped to shovel snow, pry, and carry old foundational stone from the Noah Blake cabin yesterday morning before our meeting. We worked together on this cold project so that Mike Gawel can begin the new foundation and we can use these stones for….

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….re-use on the new foundation! These stones are beautiful, with some very large and flat examples perfect for re-use.

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