Posts Tagged ‘connecticut river’

Onrust River Cruises
July 30, 2019

River Cruises – Private Charters – Bring a Picnic!

Onrust is a 53′ gaff rigged and auxiliary engine powered replica of Adriaen Block’s vessel, one of the first western style ships built in the new world. And the first ever to sail up the Connecticut River.

Join us for a sail or for a private charter. Picnics are encouraged!

Public Sail Times
Thursday – Saturday 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm
Sunday and Monday 2:00 pm

Private Charter Sails
Call 860-767-8269, ext 118 for further information

28th Annual Holiday Train Show
November 23, 2021

28th Annual Holiday Train Show
Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – Sunday, February 20, 2022

The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its
28th 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!

Sponsored by: Lorensen Auto Group and Webster Bank

Richard Friswell – 2022 Lecture Series
April 12, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
6:00 pm


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


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 of cultural history through the imagined eye of a cultural historian and storyteller. His last book, Hudson River Chronicles: In Search of the Splendid & Sublime on America’s ‘First’ River (2019), highlights the life and times of 19th c. Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole. It is set in the Catskills and relates his love of the Hudson and its surrounding mountains.

He speaks and lectures widely on topics related to the ‘Modern Era,’ a time during the 18th and 19th century when Western civilization was experiencing rapid change in the face of the Industrial Revolution and widespread political upheaval. He lives and writes in Branford, CT.

This event includes a PowerPoint presentation of key figures and locations included in the early 19th century opium trade, highlighting Middletown’s Samuel Russell and his time in Canton China. Excerpts will be drawn from the text of the newly published historical fiction book by the same name, highlighting a little-known chapter in U.S. history.

Photo Courtesy of Richard Friswell

Ralph T. Wood, PhD – 2022 Lecture Series
June 14, 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
6:00 pm
$5.00 for CRM Members
$10.00 for Non-Members

“Things You Might Not Know about Connecticut’s New National Estuarine Research Reserve”
by: Ralph T. Wood, PhD

Some facts and figures about Connecticut’s National Estuarine Research Reserve and its promise.

Join us for a brief history, with some little-known facts and figures, of the extensive effort, by teams from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Connecticut Sea Grant, that recently succeeded in the designation of a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve in southeastern Connecticut.

With a career in industrial R&D and in business consulting, Ralph is a volunteer to several non-profits and an environmentalist, business owner, teacher/mentor and bicyclist. He is chairman emeritus of the Connecticut Audubon Society, a board member of its Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme, a Board member of the Mentoring Corps for Community Development, and a member of the steering teams for the site selection and designation of Connecticut’s National Estuarine Research Reserve, which includes 52,000 acres of the Connecticut and Thames Rivers Estuaries and southeastern portions of Long Island Sound.



Photos Courtesy of Ralph T. Wood


Lucianne Lavin – 2022 Lecture Series
May 17, 2022

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
6:00 pm
$5.00 for CRM Members
$10.00 for Non-Members


Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections Emeritus,
The Institute for American Indian Studies

Dutch-Native American Relationships in Eastern New Netherland (That’s Connecticut, Folks!)

Examine the significant impact of Dutch traders and settlers on the history of the colony and state of Connecticut, and their relationships with its Indigenous peoples.

What is now the state of Connecticut was once part of the 17th century Dutch Empire. New Netherland extended from Cape Cod west to Delaware Bay from 1614 to 1650. At that time, the Dutch gave up much of their claim to Connecticut to the English at the Treaty of Hartford, but retained control of its southwestern portion. Dutch families continued to live in other parts of Connecticut as well.

Connecticut’s first documented European explorers AND settlers were the Dutch. The aim of this presentation is to introduce the audience to their significant impacts on our history, including the continuing strong Dutch presence in western Connecticut, Dutch relationships with local Indigenous communities, and the noteworthy, often long-term effects of those relationships on our state and regional histories. The Dutch deserve a more prominent position in future Connecticut history books and museum exhibits. Dutch-American history and Dutch contributions to American culture should be mandated topics in Connecticut’s school curriculum.

Lucianne Lavin is Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies, a research museum and educational center in Washington, CT. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University. Lavin is an archaeologist who has over 30 years of research and field experience in Northeastern archaeology and anthropology, including teaching, museum exhibits and curatorial work, cultural resource management, editorial work, and public relations.

Dr. Lavin has written over 100 professional publications and technical reports on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Northeast. She was awarded the Russell award by the Archaeological Society of Connecticut and elected Fellow of the New York State Archaeological Association for exemplary archaeology work in their respective states.



Photo Courtesy of Lucianne Lavin

Gary Mower: The History of Outboard Motors and Outboard Motor Racing 1900-1940
June 30, 2022

Thursday, June 30, 2022
6:00 pm
Virtual Event
$5.00 for CRM Members
$10.00 for Non-Members

Gary Mower
The History of Outboard Motors and Outboard Motor Racing 1900-1940

Come and see Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River on exhibit through October. Some of the engines that Gary speaks about are on display.

Gary Mower is a retired Mechanical Engineer with experience in aerospace, automotive, and consumer products. A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has a lifelong interest in antique marine, automotive, and mechanical hobbies.

A prolific collector, Mower owns sixty antique outboard motors dating from 1911-1940. He has rebuilt and run antique outboard motors at various Northeast meets and was recognized as an antique outboard motor collector in the July 2021 issue of Soundings Magazine. Mower has been an active member of Antique Outboard Motor Club since 1975. He also works as Advisor to the Mystic Seaport for their annual Antique Marine Engine Exposition for the last 30 years.

Mower also rebuilt a 1925 Model T Ford Coupe and is a member of the Model T Ford Club of America.



Photo Courtesy of Gary Mower

Kelsey Wentling – 2022 Lecture Series
September 14, 2022

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
6:00 pm
$5.00 for CRM Members
$10.00 for Non-Members


Kelsey Wentling, River Steward, Connecticut River Conservancy
Water Quality in the CT River: what is it and how is it measured?



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 reputation of poor water quality for decades. While the Connecticut was the archetypal polluted river of the time, much has changed in the 60 years since it was dubbed with this undesirable title. This lecture focuses on the basics of what good water quality means and how we measure it in the Connecticut River. We discuss what has changed in the last 60 years and the progress still to be made in the next 60 years.

Kelsey got started with CRC in 2019 as a volunteer and then as staff assisting with Source to Sea Cleanup. Prior to joining CRC, Kelsey analyzed how emerging markets might influence Massachusetts’ climate goals, taught a course on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer and outdoor science educator. Kelsey holds an M.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explored the interface of science and policy in transboundary river basins, using case studies to identify ways to promote the use of science in management decisions.

Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Wentling

Amy Trout – 2022 Lecture Series
April 19, 2022

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Now In Person Event
6:00 pm


Amy Trout, Curator, Connecticut River Museum
Fast Women: The Pioneering Women Racers Who Beat Men At Their Own Game 

An illustrated talk about the women hydroplane racers from the 1920s and 30s.


Amy Trout recounts stories of the fearless women racers who raced alongside the men in the early 1900s on the Connecticut River. Hydroplane racing was an exciting new sport in the 1920s and 30s. The women who competed in these races were pioneers in the sport and represented an era of that loved all things new and novel. These sports-minded women were fierce competitors who faced challenges that women in sports still face today.

Amy Trout has been active in Connecticut Museums for over 30 years. She has been the Curator at CRM since 2009.

Photo Courtesy of Connecticut River Museum

27th Annual Holiday Train Show
November 24, 2020


Prepaid, timed admission tickets are required for all visitors, including Members.

Please remember that these are timed-entry tickets. If you are unable to arrive in time for your reserved session, you may be asked to transfer to a different time.

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 of the fun!


As with most events this year, our Annual Holiday Train will look different. To ensure that every guest can view the exhibit and maintain safe social distancing, please see the following new protocols:


            • * Timed, Ticketed Admission for all guests, including Members.
            • * To ensure distancing, ticket sales will close 1 hour prior to your reserved session.
            • * Each Admission Group will hold a maximum of 10 guests.
            • * Admission to the third floor exhibit is booked for 30 minute viewing sessions.
            • * Guests will not be admitted to the 3rd Floor Exhibit without an admission ticket.



Onrust and RiverQuest Cruises 2022
May 8, 2022

Two Ways to Cruise the Connecticut River
Sail on the Onrust or Cruise on the RiverQuest


The Onrust, a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614, is available for public cruises and private charters through September 25.

Built over several years in upstate New York using traditional plans and means, the Onrust is a wholly unique ship that serves to educate and entertain visitors curious about the age of exploration, the fur trade, and our early colonial history.

Travel aboard the RiverQuest, a 64’ eco-tour boat, on the scenic lower Connecticut River, an area labeled by The Nature Conservancy as “One of the Last Great Places in the Northern Hemisphere”. On both vessels, guests experience the River’s ecology, rich history, and wildlife; including osprey, eagles and more.  Enjoy each season’s beauty as we cruise Spring through Fall.

River cruises are offered Thursdays through Sunday. RiverQuest cruises on select Wednesdays too!

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