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November 2020

27th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - February 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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PURCHASE TICKETS  Prepaid, timed admission tickets are required for all visitors, including Members. Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - Sunday, February 14, 2021 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 27th 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…

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December 2020

Bid for Wreaths! Wreaths of the River Valley Auction 2020

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 10 @ 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Bid for Wreaths: Tuesday, December 1 - Thursday, December 10 Browse and Bid For Your Holiday Wreath Here! Connecticut River Museum collected wreaths for our second annual Wreaths of the River Valley auction from area businesses, organizations, and families! Wreath auction bidding opens December 1 and closes during our holiday fundraiser, Mistletoe & Martinis on December 10. Need more information? Contact Phyllis Stillman at pstillman@ctrivermuseum.org or 860-767-8269, ext. 119.

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Virtual Mistletoe & Martinis 2020

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Virtual Fundraiser Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:00 pm Join us for Mistletoe & Martinis - online! Virtual fundraiser available for viewing December 10 at 5:00 pm and will remain available online through December 31, 2020. This festive online celebration features a "how-to" make our signature martinis, a fabulous meal from Carlson's Landing, Becker's Red Box raffle, and the Wreaths of the River Valley auction. Dinner Ticket: $75.00 - Includes one dinner from Carlson's Landing Patron Ticket: $150.00 - Includes one dinner…

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Boathouse Kids Fall Crafts – December Holiday Luminaries

December 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Holiday Luminaries Saturday, December 12 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Non-Members $8.00 per class Members $5.00 per class PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Make your own shimmering luminary to glow throughout the holiday season! Join us at the River’s edge and get ready to get creative. All supplies and instruction are included in the cost of the craft. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. State of Connecticut safe distancing recommendations will be followed, and we ask that all visitors wear…

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February 2021

CRM Talks: Andrew Fisk – How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed

February 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks: Andrew Fisk, "How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed" Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Andrew Fisk, Ph.D., Executive Director, Connecticut River Conservancy "How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed" We all have a responsibility to make our…

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March 2021

CRM Talks – Renee Tribert – Mills: Making Places of Connecticut

March 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Renee Tribert - Mills: Making Places of Connecticut Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Renee Tribert, Preservation Connecticut Mills: Making Places of Connecticut Join us as we discuss the historic physical structures that speak to Connecticut's industrial past, and carry forward to our present and future. Interesting industries/architecture, as well as case studies on different rehabs throughout the state will be discussed. Highlights cover the industries in Essex, Deep River, and…

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Hands on the Land: Art & the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley

March 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - October 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Connecticut River Museum is collaborating with Lyme Art Association on a topical exhibition titled “Hands on the Land: Art & the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley.” The artwork being sought for the show should focus on the Connecticut River Valley and interpret concepts of change, impact, inspiration, reflection, or other vision of “man’s hand on the land” The show will run from mid-March, 2021 through mid-October, 2021, at which time it will travel to the Lyme Art Association.…

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April 2021

CRM Talks – Eric Hintz: Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley

April 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Eric Hintz: Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Eric Hintz, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation/Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley The Connecticut River valley has long been—and remains—one of the nation’s most important places of innovation, commerce, and creativity. The Connecticut River valley first supported agriculture and trade among…

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CRM Talks – Neil Pederson – The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History

April 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard University Forest Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard University Forest The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History Did you know that, until recently, people in the Northeastern US have been living in one of the wettest eras of the last 500 years? Trees do. Did you know that, until recently, global warming…

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May 2021

CRM Talks – Adair Mulligan: The Connecticut: New England’s Great River

May 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Adair Mulligan, Executive Director, Hanover Conservancy The Connecticut: New England's Great River Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Adair Mulligan, Executive Director, Hanover Conservancy The Connecticut: New England’s Great River The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2670 feet to the sea through America’s only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. This program…

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