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July 2019

Finding the First Americans

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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July 8th-12th (ages 9- 12) Learn how to make a dugout canoe, cook on the open fire, make a wigwam model, learn about different ways to catch and find your food, create pottery and other containers, plant a 3 sisters garden and more. Located at historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook. Register below for Finding the First Americans. If you are a Connecticut River Museum Family Member or above, please select member pricing and enter your member number in the…

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Deep River Cemetery Tour

July 26, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Fountain Hill Cemetery, 57 High Street
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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Free to Members of Deep River Historical Society and CRM members Fountain Hill Cemetery 57 High Street Deep River, CT 06417 Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout and Deep River Historical Society Curator Rhonda Forristall to explore the Fountain Hill Cemetery in Deep River.  The tour will highlight the legend of the XYZ bank robber and the mysterious woman who visited his grave.  Be prepared to learn about other curiosities and notables buried there as well! 6:30 pm –…

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August 2019

River Monsters and other Fish Tales

August 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 20, 2019 5:30 - 7:00 pm Hear Connecticut River Conservancy Executive Director Andy Fisk share his story of Connie the River Monster.  See firsthand proof of her existence and learn of other legendary fish tales. Prior to joining CRC in May 2011, Andy served as Director of the Land and Water Quality Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for seven years. As Maine’s land and water quality director, Andy had extensive experience with a range of state…

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September 2019

Moodus Noises Hike at Machimoodus

September 7, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am
Machimoodus State Park, 128 Leesville Road
Moodus, CT 06469 United States
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Saturday, September 7, 2019 9:00 am Join Connecticut River Museum Coordinator of Education and Naturalist, Steve Sarnoski and town resident Alison Guiness for a hike at Machimoodus State Park. Visit the areas where the famed Moodus Noises have originated and learn the stories behind what causes them. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Space is limited. Preregistration required. Both Members and Non Members – Please print out your receipt to present for admission. Members Click Here to…

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Myths & Legends of the Connecticut River Valley – A Symposium

September 21, 2019 @ 4:30 am - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Registration Cost $35, Student Rate $25 Optional Onrust Sail, additional $30   A Symposium at the Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 8:30 – 9:00 am Registration/Sign In 9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Prof. Walt Woodward, University of Connecticut & Connecticut State Historian on “CT Legends and History” Break 10:30 – 11:30 am Powers of Darkness speaker: Prof. Michael Bell on“Vampirism in New England” Break 11:45 –…

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March 2020

Connecticut River Museum Activity Sheets

March 26 @ 4:30 am - April 12 @ 11:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM ACTIVITY SHEETS Check out these fun printable activities for kids. We've got coloring pages and word searches! All of these kids activities are totally free and easy to print out and do with your kids. Check back for new activities! Choose from one of the Connecticut River themed sheets. Click on the link and print it out. Lighthouse-coloring-page Sailboat-Coloring-Page Wooden-ship-coloring-page River-coloring-page Steamboat-coloring-page             CRM Wordsearch

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Spring Bird Feeder Craft

March 31 @ 4:30 am - April 12 @ 11:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Spring Bird Feeder Craft   CLICK HERE TO PRINT! Make your Spring a little more fun with this easy and fun craft. “Hide” eggs around your yard for the birds! Put them in trees, too! They are easy to make and use only 3 ingredients and some plastic, fillable eggs. Ingredients/Supplies 1 box unflavored gelatin 10 cups bird seed Cooking spray 36 Plastic, fillable eggs Prepare the gelatin as directed on the box or package. Mix in the premeasured bird…

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June 2020

Mini Wooden Oar Craft – SOLD OUT!

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

SOLD OUT! Mini Wooden Oar Craft Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 pm FREE Event PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Bring your friends and family down to our lawn on Wednesday, June 24, from 1:00-2:00 pm for Children’s Oar Decorating event. We will hang their decorated oars in the lobby of the museum in celebration of the history of paddling on the Connecticut River. Grab a blanket, grab your oar, and get creative! All supplies are courtesy of the museum.…

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July 2020

Friendship Bracelet Weaving Craft

July 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Friendship Bracelet Weaving Craft Wednesday, July 1 11:00 am - 12:00 pm FREE Event PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Did you know that weaving is widely considered one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, dating back more than 12,000 years? Weaving and textile creation and trade was an important part of life for the earliest settlers of the Connecticut River. Come celebrate this great tradition as you learn to weave by creating your own “friendship” bracelet. A parent or…

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