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February 2022

Josh Shanley – 2022 Lecture Series

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 10, 2022 VIRTUAL Event 6:00 pm Free   Josh Shanley, MS, MEd, MBA, EMT-P The Connecticut River Valley Flood of 1936 RESERVE YOUR VIRTUAL SEAT Author Josh Shanley recounts the greatest flood in New England history and examines the potential for future floods. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the Connecticut River Valley was a thriving manufacturing hub for fabric, arms and brass. But early in the spring of 1936, nearly two feet of rain created havoc…

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Kids’ Craft: Pine Cone Birdfeeder

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Kids' Craft in the Museum Boathouse Tuesday, February 22 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free; Please register so that we have enough supplies for all. RESERVE YOUR SEAT PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Create a beautiful and environmentally friendly Pine Cone Birdfeeder! Join us at the River’s edge and get ready to get creative. All supplies and instruction are included. Pre-registration is required. State of Connecticut safe distancing recommendations will be followed, and we ask that all visitors wear masks or…

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March 2022

Dick Shriver – 2022 Lecture Series

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 VIRTUAL Event 6:00 pm Free   Richard H. Shriver, Publisher of Estuary Magazine The Connecticut River … past, present and future RESERVE YOUR VIRTUAL SEAT   The Connecticut River … its long and peaceful past until the industrial revolution, followed by years of abuse, then partial recovery, and a bright outlook today. Dick Shriver uses PowerPoint slides to illustrate his presentation on the last 12,000 years of the CT River to the present, with special attention…

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April 2022

Richard Friswell – 2022 Lecture Series

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 VIRTUAL Event 6:00 pm Free   Richard Friswell, Visiting Scholar Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT Merchants of Deceit: Opium, American Fortune & the China Trade A work of historical fiction profiling Middletown’s Samuel Russell and his role in the Chinese opium trade RESERVE YOUR VIRTUAL SEAT Richard Friswell is a Visiting Scholar at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, where he directs the Institute for Lifelong Learning, their adult education program. This is his third book dealing with topics…

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Amy Trout – 2022 Lecture Series

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 VIRTUAL Event 6:00 pm Free   Amy Trout, Curator, Connecticut River Museum Fast Women: The Pioneering Women Racers Who Beat Men At Their Own Game   RESERVE YOUR VIRTUAL SEAT Amy Trout recounts stories of the fearless women racers who raced alongside the men in the early 1900s on the Connecticut River. Amy Trout has been the Curator at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut since 2008. Previous to this, she spent twenty years at…

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September 2022

Kelsey Wentling – 2022 Lecture Series

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Wednesday, September 14, 2022 In-Person Event 6:00 pm Free; Please reserve your seat to ensure enough seating at the lecture.   Kelsey Wentling, River Steward, Connecticut River Conservancy Water Quality in the CT River: what is it and how is it measured?   RESERVE YOUR SEAT The Connecticut River has a reputation for poor water quality --  does that still hold true? Once known as the most beautifully landscaped sewer in America, the Connecticut River has been burdened by a…

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