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November 2019

26th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Open Now! Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday November 27, 2019 - February 23, 2020 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th year of fun for all ages. See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! A fully operational 26 foot train layout, "I SPY" scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun!

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February 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series – Dr. Katherine Hermes – African American Burying Ground

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Speaker Series - Dr. Katherine Hermes - African American Burying Ground Wednesday, February 5 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 On Wednesday, February 5, Dr. Katherine A. Hermes, an academic professional at Eastern Connecticut State University shares her stories about the oldest historic site in Hartford, the Ancient Burying Ground. This site is the only one remaining from the 17th century. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot early. Refreshments will be served. Members reserve your…

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Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - March 15 @ 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, February 8, 2020 Through Sunday, March 15, 2020 Each winter as the temperature dips below freezing, Bald Eagles from as far north as Canada make their way to the open waters of the Connecticut River for easy fishing and nesting. This winter, climb aboard CT River Expedition’s 64 ft RiverQuest, a modern, environmentally friendly vessel with heated cabin and ample deck space. An on-board naturalist provides narration while you get an up-close view of the River. Coffee and use of binoculars…

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Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session One

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Take a boat ride on the RiverQuest and witness the winter visitors on the Lower River. Before we set out on the  River, we will inspect bird flyway maps and discover how birds are able make their migration journeys each year. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-february-11-2020-migratory-animals-1-registration

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Eagles with Brian Hess – Lunch and Learn!

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Eagles with Brian Hess - Lunch and Learn! Wednesday, February 12 12:00 - 1:00 pm Members FREE.  Members Register Here. Non-Members $5.00.  Public Register Here. Bring your lunch, spend an hour, and learn something new! Brian Hess is a wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Brian will discuss eagle biology, the decline and recovery of this species and what is being done to conserve their populations. Seating is limited; please reserve your spot early.

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Privateer Bash!

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Privateer Bash! Saturday, February 29, 2020 6:30 - 10:00 pm Avast! Don’t miss the Swashbuckling Party at the Connecticut River Museum “Arr” you in? Come down and show us your swagger on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. Grab your sword, hoist your sails and get to the Privateers’ Bash, presented by Gosling’s Rum, at the Connecticut River Museum. Come in costume (or not!) and let off a bit of winter steam. Relive riverfront history at the fourteenth…

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March 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series – CT Women’s Hall of Fame – Votes for Women!

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Speaker Series - CT Women's Hall of Fame - Votes for Women! Tuesday, March 3 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 CT Women's Hall of Fame discusses Votes for Women and the fight for women's suffrage through the eyes of Connecticut's suffragists including the Smiths of Glastonbury, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Alice Paul. Members reserve your spot here.  Non-Members reserve your spot here.

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Jessie Hull Mayer: An Independent Artist – Lunch and Learn!

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Jessie Hull Mayer: An Independent Artist - Lunch and Learn! Wednesday, March 11 12:00 - 1:00 pm Members FREE.  Members Register Here. Non-Members $5.00.  Public Register Here. Bring your lunch, spend an hour, and learn something new! Brian Hess is a wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Brian will discuss eagle biology, the decline and recovery of this species and what is being done to conserve their populations. Seating is limited; please reserve your spot…

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Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session Two

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Not only winged animals migrate, but so do scaly, slimy and four legged animals.  Learn about migrations of amphibians and reptiles and their amazing seasonal adaptions. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-march-17-2020-migratory-animals-2-registration

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April 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series – Judy Preston – CT River Estuary “I Didn’t Know That”

April 7 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Speaker Series - Judy Preston - CT River Estuary "I Didn't Know That" Tuesday, April 7 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 Tuesday, April 7 brings Judy Preston from Sea Grant to discuss what makes the estuary region special, what risks it’s facing and what people can do to help. Members reserve your spot here.  Non-Members reserve your spot here.

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