Connecticut museum – CNCTB Sat, 01 Oct 2022 17:05:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Connecticut museum – CNCTB 32 32 ‘Twinkle Point’ Wee Faerie Village opens today at the Florence Griswold Museum with superhero tours Sat, 01 Oct 2022 04:28:32 +0000

One of the whimsical Wee Faerie homes on display is Bettina Rowlands Botanical Gardens in Broad Brook, Connecticut.

OLD LYME — Since 2009, more than 175,000 visitors have immersed themselves in the spirit of imagination and whimsy that emanates from visiting at least two dozen fairy-sized installations on the Museum campus on a perfect summer day. fall, and this year will be no exception.

This year’s theme is Glitter dot, an amusement park designed for fairies. Artists and fairy enthusiasts worked for months on roller coasters, carousels, arcades and stores – everything you find in an amusement park – only tiny.

The exhibition is open from Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 30.

This jungle-themed river ride by Cromwell’s Jessica Zeedyk is sure to delight visitors to Wee Faerie Village 2022.

The 27 creative installations, including those produced by six schools and four new participants, will not fail to amaze visitors with their know-how and their imagination.

The Museum will also be offering a full list of special fairy-related programs and events, as follows:

Saturday October 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Twinkle Point Superhero Saturday
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Come meet Captain America and Black Panther, superheroes who keep Twinkle Point Park safe, serene and awesome. Pose for photos and get hi-fives from these awesome Wee Faeries friends.

Sunday October 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Painting demonstration
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Enjoy a outdoors painting demonstration by Impressionist artist Dmitri Wright, one of Connecticut’s leading teacher artists in the contemporary Impressionist style. Ask questions and learn about the process from an accomplished local artist.

Take a peek if you dare inside Essex’s Dee Dee Charnok haunted house!

Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Stunning balloon art
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Come meet April, the twisted balloon artist who can conjure up anything from her colorful balloon palette. Request a wand, sword or cartoon character and watch it appear before your eyes.

Saturday October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oh! Oh! Pirate Day at Twinkle Point
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Come and meet the Free Men of the Sea, very good re-enactors who bring to life the myths and history of pirates and corsairs. Flintlock pistol demonstrations every hour from 12 noon.

Sunday October 16 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Splashes! Splash! A day at Mermaid Cove
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Glitter dot unveils its latest “living” sculpture of a mermaid to adorn Mermaid Cove. Marvel at the remarkable stillness of this mermaid before she disappears back into her aquatic depths.

See what you can see in the House of Mirrors by Michele Mergy of Old Lyme and Dawn Bisharat of Madison, Connecticut!

Saturday October 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maggie’s Magical Potions & Tea Shop
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Discover the many herbs with magical healing powers and taste delicious tea blends. Make your own mix and buy delicious pastries.

Saturday October 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
BOO-HA-HA! Awesome Halloween Magic
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Enjoy magical and spooky pranks with entertainer extraordinaire Joe Howard – stilts, magic and comedy to delight all ages.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Halloween at Twinkle Point
This event is free with admission to the Museum.
Dress up in costumes and visit the Education Center for treats.

]]> Road Trip Close to Home: Queens County Farm Museum Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:34:37 +0000

It’s that time of year again – the crisp autumn air is setting in and the leaves are changing. For families looking for all the fun of fall, the Queens County Farm Museum is home to the Big Apple’s only corn maze.

“Between the apple cider donuts, the wagon rides and the corn maze…It’s just a bucolic place. It’s a wonderful place to connect with nature,” said Jennifer Walden-Weprin, executive director of the museum.

The Queens County Farm Museum is home to New York’s only corn maze. Designed from above to look like a Georgia O’Keefe painting, the Queens County Farm Museum can even be visited at night for a spooky trail.

The area is a real working farm of 47 acres.

“I think people are surprised that there are alpacas, sheep, chickens, goats, pigs all living here in New York,” Walden-Weprin says.

Don’t forget that you can feed the sheep and the goats! You can buy the food in the store.

The farm is also home to vintage tractors that visitors can explore as well as the on-site shop and animals. Farms are open until early November.

After the fun of the fall season, the museum hosts a number of events including the Winter Lantern Festival. The farm will be illuminated with Chinese lanterns for the enjoyment of the whole family.

Wilton artist hosts exhibition with her family’s art at the Hammond Museum Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:10:29 +0000 The official title of the triptych of exhibits currently at the Hammond Museum, a few miles west of Ridgefield in North Salem, NYis “Artistic legacies and Zen sanctuary.” But a simpler title might be “Lucy Krupenye, family and friends”.

Lucy, a sculptress from Wilton who works with found materials such as stone, wood, metal and bone, is at the center of the three exhibitions as an artist, conservativedaughter and granddaughter.

Family legacies, as Lucy explained, begin with her grandmother, Berta Gladstone who ran a gallery in Woodstock, NY which, in its heyday of the 1960s, had an impressive list of artists.

“I played there when I was little,” Lucy said. “Its artists were exhibiting at the Met Museum, MOMA, National Gallery. I knew it was a top gallery, but when I grew up it wasn’t there. As an adult looking back , I thought, ‘Oh?’ So I went through the archives of the Woodstock library and it reinforced my memories.

She did her research about five years ago, and the newspaper clippings she found reporting on exhibitions at the Gladstone Gallery, along with other material, occupy a corner of a gallery at the Hammond.

Meanwhile, Lucy and her mother, Berta’s daughter Grace Krupenye, had established themselves as artists independently of each other, at least at first. Lucy’s earliest memories are of her mother’s oil paintings. She later switched to collage, in part because the family spent summers in the south of France, where Lucy’s father, Ira Krupenye, a concert violinist, performed with two orchestras. One was the Philharmonie de Monte-Carlo.

“My mother started playing with the paper the French use to wrap bread,” Lucy said. “Then she started making her own paper. Incredibly, that was around the time I was starting out as a sculptor. We would do it totally separately and then come together and always be amazed at how similar the feel was to our artwork. It was wonderful because my mom always inspired me so much, but there was a moment when she said how much I inspired her.

Westport Museum Creates Escape Room For Connecticut Witch Trials Fri, 23 Sep 2022 17:22:36 +0000 WESTPORT — Just in time for the Halloween season, the Westport Museum of History and Culture is hosting an escape room that will transport attendees into a spooky, fictionalized adaptation of the real-life Connecticut witch panic of the 1600s.

The event runs from October 2 to October 30. Taking place inside the museum’s newly restored 19th century cobblestone barn, the escape room features antique props and decorations, where groups will solve a series of puzzles to find a key piece of evidence that will uncover the truth about an accused witch.

“Many do not know that witch hunts have taken place here in Connecticut, and even fewer know that they happened almost 50 years before Salemsaid Nicole Carpenter, Director of Programs and Collections at the Westport Museum. “Our hope is that by solving these puzzles, guests reflect on the reality of these persecuted people and how the end result of the escape room – albeit fictional – makes sense in this convoluted story.”

Executions of accused witches in the state date back to May 1647 in Hartford, where Alys Young was hanged. A single line of text in the governor’s diary from the colonial era exists today to recount the event.

Events even approached the Westport area, where in 1653 Goodwife Knapp of Fairfield was convicted of “suspicion” of witchcraft and eventually hanged. Rumors swirled after Knapp confessed to Roger Ludlow, then the colony’s vice-governor, that Compo’s Mary Staples was also a witch.

Carpenter said he chose this story because the Connecticut witch hunts are unknown to many, whereas the Salem witch hunts are more popularized.

She said diseases like smallpox, yellow fever and influenza were rampant in the Colonial Connecticut area. There were also attacks from rival colonizers and native tribes. This led to an escalation of fear and hysteria, with repercussions for people believed to be witches.

A total of 11 people were killed in the state from 1647 to 1662, Carpenter said.

This is the museum’s first escape room, although it has been in the works since late 2019, she said.

“I don’t think most people understand the work that goes on in an escape room,” Carpenter said. “We were very lucky to have a small team working on it.”

Carpenter said one of their interns, Claire Menard, spearheaded the creation of clues.

“She’s done a really fabulous job of putting all of her thoughts together on how to make all of these puzzles work,” Carpenter said.

They also wanted the space to feel authentic to the 17th century.

“We wanted to make sure the space felt like time travel,” she said.

The escape room is currently being tested by staff and volunteers to ensure the puzzles make sense, the space is appropriate and safe, and the language and rules are clear, to ensure that the room is as good as it gets when attendees enter, Carpenter said.

Carpenter said they turned to an escape game company in Poland to buy materials and advice on some of the puzzles they created, as well as the accuracy of historians.

“We were very lucky to not only have good, multi-talented staff working on this project, but also to have key advisors,” she said.

This is the first event held in the cobbled barn since its restoration over the summer. It’s also the only such barn in Connecticut, Carpenter said.

“Our goal and hope is that in solving these puzzles, our guests and attendees reflect on the reality of the people who were actually involved in the Witch Panic,” Carpenter said. “And also to think about the end result of our escape room — even though it’s fictional and meant to be educational fun — how it all ties into this very, very complicated time in Connecticut history.”

Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. At least two people are required to participate with a maximum of 10 people.

The countdown begins for the KC 2022 Children’s Convention hosted by the Stepping Stones Museum for Children Wed, 21 Sep 2022 19:45:00 +0000

Participants through Connecticut and beyond Learn to be healthy community citizens

NORWALK, Conn., September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To enable young people to become active and engaged members of their communities, the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn.organizes its KC 2022 Kids Convention October 14 and 15. The event offers children aged 8+ a unique platform to share their voices and choices on the issues that matter most to them.

The Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award-winning children’s museum nestled in Norwalk, Connecticut’s historic Mathews Park. (PRNewsfoto/Stepping Stones Museum)

The 2022 KC Children’s Convention gives young people a choice and a voice on the issues that matter most to them.

In partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, the conference provides the museum with a global opportunity to give children the inspiration they need to make a positive difference in the world around them.

“Stepping Stones is dedicated to providing children with exceptional and playful learning opportunities that foster an understanding and appreciation of the world,” said the President and CEO. Rhonda Kiest. “KC 2022 empowers young minds to tap into their innate desire to make the world a better place – for the benefit of their communities and themselves. With the help of our dedicated community partners and sponsors, we are honored to bring KC 2022 to children through Connecticut and beyond.”

Presented through the Healthy Children, Healthy Communities Museum® initiative, KC 2022 offers children and young people an unprecedented community platform to express their thoughts and feelings about their place in the world and their vision for its future. The museum will be closed to the public for both days of the convention to support transformational learning experiences specifically designed for children ages 8 and up.

Classrooms throughout United States are invited to virtually enjoy this free experience on friday october 14

Educators are encouraged to register their classes for any or all of the experiments taking place between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to adapt to the school day. All registrants will receive a free link to the live-streamed experiences as well as an information packet to make virtual participation easy and rewarding.

Saturday October 15 is for the general public

Members of the museum and Connecticut families are invited to register for the full-day experience on Saturday October 15, which has been specially designed for children ages 8 and up. Registration is $5 per person for members and $8 per person for non-members. All proceeds benefit the museum’s Open Arms accessibility initiative, which enables children and families of all abilities and backgrounds to have access to the high-quality educational experiences offered by Stepping Stones. Visit for registration information and event details.

STEAM-infused and stuffed program offerings

The exciting learning experiences of KC 2022 include a live exchange with student members of Kenya Connect’s #TheVillageThatReads programme, an inspiring presentation by Renata Bower, author of “Frieda B.” a series of children’s books and a youth forum focused on social-emotional learning hosted by the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Craig BaileyPh.D. Students will also enjoy an innovation workshop presented by a 16-year-old American inventor, author and Time magazine’s first Kid of the Year. Gitanjali Raoas well as an art experience of the comic book series to promote scientific diversity hosted by a local artist and author Karen Romano Young.

Saturday’s experience will include a live performance workshop featuring Ugandan student dancers hosted by global art exchange organization Creative Connections and dancers from the Uganda Dance Conservatory. Wilton, Conn.; an in-person presentation from the 2022 Connecticut Kid Governor® Makhi Etienne-Modeste and his 5e quality cabinet; and a live performance by The Merry Rockers, a New York Cityreggae-based band. A special demonstration of the museum’s Mutt-i-grees is also planned® Companion Animal Advocacy Program, as well as presentations from Save the Children’s SCAN Program Young Leaders and interviews with STEM Challenge participants from Connecticutof the Sikorsky Aircraft STEM Challenge program. Sikorsky experts will also share its HeliVenture program which offers children a behind-the-scenes exploration of the science behind helicopter flight. Visit for registration information and event details.

The event sponsors Aquarion Water Company, Bankwell, BMW of Darien, Connecticut Children’s & Nuvance Health, General Reinsurance Company, M&T Bank, Poland Spring and Seligson Properties.

For more information or to arrange interviews with the President and CEO of the Stepping Stones Museum for Children Rhonda Kiestplease contact Robert Towne at or 203 326 1817 or Caroline Knott to


The Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award-winning, private, 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s museum committed to expanding and enriching the lives of children and families. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book an excursion or plan a class, workshop, facility rental or birthday party, call 203 899 8820 or visit Get social with Stepping Stones on Facebook, Twitter Where instagram.

Robert Towne
Director of Community Advocacy
Stepping Stones Museum for children
203-899-0606 ext. 262

The 2022 KC Children's Convention will be hosted by the Stepping Stones Museum for Children to empower and inspire children to make positive contributions to their communities and the world.

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Aurora Historical Society Museum Preserves Memories of Lake Geauga Amusement Park Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000

The park itself may be gone, but there are plenty of memories and memories of Lake Geauga. The Aurora Historical Society preserves both.

In 1967, John Kudley, Jr. drove from Orange to Geauga Lake Amusement Park to see Paul Revere & The Raiders at WIXY-1260’s World Series of Rock Appreciation Day concert. The ride, although made with friends, was long.

“Who the hell would want to live in Aurora?” Kudley remembers thinking.

Kudley, now a retired history professor, answered the question himself. In 1974 Kudley moved to Aurora to teach. He is involved with the Aurora City Council, the Aurora Historical Commission, is a director of the Aurora Historical Society, and stayed long enough to see the amusement park reduced to scraps.

A certain number of these memories constitute today the Aurora Historical Society Museum Collection. And despite the museum’s closure during the pandemic, Kudley has continued to educate the public about the area’s history, writing weekly articles in the aurora avocado.

Today, articles are a monthly project. Amassing over 60 in number, the Aurora History Society is compiling Kudley’s work into a book, titled A Look at Aurora’s Past.

“I think it has a unique side to the history of all of northeast Ohio and what used to be Connecticut’s western reservation,” Kudley says of Aurora, citing her baptism as cheese capital of the world in the early 1900s as an example.

The Aurora Historical Society hopes to reopen its museum to visitors in December, following a floor replacement. The redesign allowed Kudley to consider how to make the Lake Geauga display more interactive for the future.

Until then, we caught up with Kudley to talk about some of his favorite Lake Geauga relics.

Photo album 1925
About 20 crisp black and white photographs adorn the pages of Geauga Lake’s 1925 photo album. Capturing the park in pristine condition, Kudley says the album was commissioned before it officially opened in June 1925 to attract investors. “A lot of franchises and halfway games that they rented out rather than trying to own and operate them themselves, so there was a lot of cooperation with different people,” says Kudley. The album is just one of 25 albums licensed by park promoter Harry Hammond, and it’s the only one Kudley knows still exists.

Harry Hammond’s Diary
How Cleveland Heights attorney Harry Hammond became involved with Lake Geauga is unclear, but his dedication to the park is. From 1924 to 1935, Hammond’s diaries simultaneously record the growth of the park and of Cleveland. Getting lumber for Sky Rocket (aka Big Dipper) from the Cleveland Lumber Company, redesigning roller coasters so they don’t collide with the water tower, attending driving conventions in Chicago, and seeing planes fly around from the terminal tower at a 1930s air show that included Charles Lindbergh, are all recorded in his hand. “When you spend so much time reading what these people have done, and especially Hammond, it’s almost like you know them personally,” Kudley says.

When Geauga Lake closed indefinitely in 2007, Kudley says the Aurora Historical Society had arrangements with then-owner Cedar Fair to send a photographer the next morning. Armed with up to 300 photos capturing the rides and empty walkways just as they were, Kudley was able to access all the relics he wanted to save. The monorail turnstile was one. Kudley explains that Geauga Lake purchased these turnstiles specifically from Cleveland Memorial Stadium when it was demolished in 1997. “It has a double story,” says Kudley. “Children come to the museum and like to walk there.”

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Turning the grounds of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum into a park for New London Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:43:00 +0000

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum received an early 90th anniversary gift for New London, Connecticut to enjoy.

Thanks to a donation of $500,000 from two of its administrators, the museum will transform its land into a park.

“This is the greatest gift the museum has received since 1939, and it allows us all kinds of forward thinking,” said museum director Sam Quigley. “We have launched a master plan for the redevelopment of our 12 acres of green space into an urban park. And this gift allows us to think deeply.

Portrait of Harriet Upson Allyn

Quigley said the new park will celebrate art in nature, amplify the museum’s social justice and environmental advocacy, and help serve a more diverse community in the future.

The museum was established as a gift from Harriet Allyn, a long-time resident of New London, in memory of her sailor father. The facility houses more than 17,000 objects from antiquity to the present day.

“We feel that with this wonderful gift from the LaBoiteaux-Sharp Family Foundation, we are continuing the legacy of Harriet Allyn,” said Ellen Anderson, director of museum development. “She was the one who said, ‘I would like my estate to create a park and museum for the people of New London. “”

“We are realizing this park today.”

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will hold an open house on Saturday, September 17 to show off its master plan for the park from 10 a.m. to noon.

Here are the Museums Participating in Museum Day 2022! Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:57:05 +0000
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Here are the Museums Participating in Museum Day 2022

Museum Day 2022 is here! This Saturday, participating cultural institutions are offering free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day ticket. Each ticket offers free general admission for two people, and attendees can download one ticket per email address.

Tickets for each location are limited, so don’t wait to grab yours!

Here’s a roundup of locations participating in Museum Day in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

New York, NY
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn about history, science and service! At the historic Intrepid Monument, get a close look at space shuttles and missile submarines. Discover the Exploreum, a fully interactive exhibit that gives you the chance to land a space shuttle.

Asian Society Museum

New York, NY
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is one of the first institutions to establish a contemporary Asian art program and presents exhibitions and works never before seen in the United States. They provide a space for views and discussions through the works of Asian and Asian American artists. Discover exhibits like mirror imagewhich explores cultural changes in China through the eyes of seven artists born in mainland China.

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A living memorial to the Holocaust

New York, NY
Closed on Saturday, entry valid on Sunday, Sept. 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. With a collection of over 40,000 artifacts, films and survivor testimonies, it is part of the global responsibility to never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust. Currently on view is The Holocaust: What Hatred Can Doa detailed presentation of the history of the Holocaust.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

New York, NY
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cooper Hewitt is located in Andrew Carnegie’s iconic mansion and invites visitors to explore the importance of design and its power to change the world. Through the exhibits on display, learn about the role of design in times of crisis like epidemics, the role of design in the pursuit of peace, and how botany and the natural sciences play a part in designs.

The Jewish Museum

New York, NY
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located on the city’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is committed to bringing to light the complexity of Jewish culture. It is the first of its kind in the United States. Learn about the role of Jewish artists in the events of the 1960s in the exhibition New York: 1962-1964

Dyckman Farm Museum

New York, NY
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This Dutch Colonial-style farmhouse in Inwood was home to the Dyckman family for nearly a century. It serves as a reminder of early Manhattan and is an important cultural center in New York. They will offer special guided tours led by Board Chairman Don Rice.

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Hebrew House Art Collection in Riverdale

Bronx, NY
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Art Collection features Jewish artwork and ceremonial objects and offers publicly accessible arts programming. Explore the art of amazing artists and see the Sculpture Garden overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. One of the exhibits currently on view is Unlistedwhich highlights seventeen female artists who are not usually exhibited.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bronx, NY
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The last “great country estate” in Bronx Pelham Bay Park, the mansion is on a mission to preserve and restore the property for the benefit of the New York City public. While you’re there, take a tour, join an indoor scavenger hunt for kids, and play with 19th-century toys and games.

Crane House and Historic YWCA

Montclair, New Jersey
Closed on Saturday, entry valid on Sunday, Sept. 19; 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This unique building has lived three lives, first as the Crane family home, a YWCA for African American women and girls, and a historic house museum. Learn about the history of the building and taste dishes prepared from historic recipes. Check out the herb garden, micro farm, and chickens while you’re there. The house will offer a special tour focusing on the women of the house throughout history.

Hudson River Museum

Yonkers, NY
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A cultural institution in Westchester County, their mission is to connect communities through the power of arts, science and history. There are experiences for all ages, like exhibits, planetarium shows, and historical Glenview tours.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Port of Roslyn, New York
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is ranked among the largest and most important suburban art museums in the country. It provides a learning space for community members through visual art experiences. It also includes a sculpture park, a formal garden and walking paths. Don’t miss the exhibition on the supernatural in art!

Home owner

Perth Amboy, New Jersey
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The owner’s house served as the home of Wm. Franklin, the last Royal Governor of New Jersey and son of Benjamin Franklin. It is the only official mansion of the royal governors still standing in the original 13 colonies. They serve the community through lectures, concerts, storytelling and teas.

Hicksville Gregory Museum

Hicksville, NY
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

See Long Island’s largest exhibit of minerals, fossils, and butterflies, as well as photographs and artifacts about the development of Hicksville and surrounding areas.

Morris Museum

Morristown, New Jersey
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Affiliated with the Smithsonian, the Morris Museum strives to interpret the past and discover the future through art, sound and movement. Discover 30 years of black art, activism and achievement in the exhibition For Culture, by Culture. Children can learn and play hand-in-hand in Spark!Lab.

Sayreville Historical Society

Sayreville, New Jersey
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1884, the Museum of the Historical Society of Sayreville was created as the first school. Many of the artifacts highlight the history of Sayreville, the expansion of industry and life from colonial times to more current history.

Cornelius low house

Piscataway, NJ
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in New Jersey. The Cornelius Low House serves the dual purpose of interpreting the building’s history and mounting exhibits on New Jersey history. Discover the Middlesex County Treasures exhibit, which explores over 300 years of significant artefacts.

East Jersey Old Town Village

Piscataway, NJ
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The village is made up of reconstructed structures and replicas from the 18th and 19th centuries, designed to represent the communities once present in the Raritan Valley. Buildings include a tavern, blacksmith shop, school, church and more. While you’re there, meet the historical interpreters who bring the village to life.

Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Huntington Station, New York
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take the opportunity to step back in time and discover the works of iconic poet Walt Whitman. Visit the Interpretive Center, where you can immerse yourself in the life and poetry of Whitman through a series of exhibits.

The Heckscher Art Museum

Huntington, NY
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Heckscher Museum of Art has been bringing great art to Long Island since 1920. With more than 2,500 works spanning centuries and a dynamic exhibition schedule, it’s a cultural showpiece on Long Island. On Museum Day, take part in the Draw Out! Free community arts festival, full of engaging arts activities for all ages.

USGA Golf Museum and Library

Liberty Corner, New Jersey
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The nation’s oldest sports museum, the USGA Golf Museum is the world’s leading institution for collecting and preserving gold history. There are hundreds of thousands of artifacts and library items that document the history of golf from its origins to the present day. Enjoy the Pynes putting course with your family.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Norwalk, Connecticut
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This mansion was built by LeGrand Lockwood, one of the first American millionaires. It is one of the first “chateau style” houses built in the country. Learn about Victorian era clothing in the exhibition Making it Last: Sustainable Fashion in Victorian America.

Katonah Art Museum

Katonah, NY
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Katonah Museum is a non-collecting institution showcasing art across different artistic disciplines, cultures, and time periods. Discover the exhibitions and the outdoor sculpture garden.

New England Air Museum Expands Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Spring 2023 – NBC Connecticut Thu, 15 Sep 2022 01:45:03 +0000

Soon, inside the New England Air Museum, “The Tuskegee Airmen: Their Untold Stories” will be on full display.

Black fighter and bomber pilots were among the heroes of World War II, choosing to go to war to defend American interests, when their own nation did not grant them the rights and freedoms declared by their ancestors.

The fullness of their experience and sacrifice will be shown here when the exhibition launches in the spring.

“You will discover the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were they? They were amazing to begin with. They have been extraordinarily accomplished. What do we mean by that they fought two wars: one against the Germans at that time. The other against racism,” said Stephanie Abrams, president and CEO of the New England Air Museum.

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Abrams is among museum officials and supporters raising funds to help make the exhibit a reality next spring. Once opened, it will be the largest and most expensive exhibit in the history of the museum, which already has around 100 aircraft in its collection. Among the supporters was Bill Costen, board member and first black hot air balloon master pilot, who counts Tuskegee aviator Lemuel Custis among his friends.

The museum said the exhibit will be immersive, featuring videos, theater, uniforms and other artifacts. Already on display is a Boeing Stearman PT-17, which was the original aircraft the Airmen first trained in.

“Painted and restored exactly as it would have been when it served at Tuskegee Airfield. It’s a story one almost has to try to tell the public. To let them know there was a group called the Tuskegee Airmen and what they did and what they faced,” said Nick Hurley, the museum’s curator.

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As they support the exhibit, they interview and record surviving Airmen and their children.

“By highlighting these extraordinary accomplishments of these African American success stories and World War II giants, it really helps to uphold not only the injustice they faced, but the talent that is there when ‘given a chance, excellence will shine,’ said John W. Rogers Jr, chairman of Ariel Investments and son of aviator John W. Rogers.

To support the museum’s fundraising effort for “The Tuskegee Airmen: Their Untold Stories”, Click here.

A POW donates to the museum’s War Room Tue, 13 Sep 2022 16:28:39 +0000
An autographed copy of Robinson’s book is now housed in the War Room of the Unicoi County Heritage Museum.

By Martha Erwin

The 40th season of the Unicoi County Heritage Museum and the 11th season of the Clinchfield Railway Museum will soon close for the season on Sunday, October 30.

After four decades, the Heritage Museum continues to be dedicated to promoting the preservation of county and hometown heritage. Apparently, visitors are delighted to discover the availability of guided tours with first-hand information.

Despite gas increases and the still-existing COVID-19 pandemic, daily tours are still ongoing. So far the following states have been represented this season as follows: Arizona, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Ohio , Caroline from the south. , Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

A free autographed book titled “The Longest Rescue” was donated to the museum’s War Room by Vietnamese POW, Captain (retired) USAF William Andrew Robinson of Lenoir City, Tennessee. This book chronicles Robinson’s captivity beginning on September 20, 1065. Thereafter, Robinson endured 2,703 days in several prison camps and compounds in North Vietnam.

An excerpt from his book says, “No enlisted man in American military history has been held prisoner of war longer than Robinson.”

Robinson was guest speaker at the dedication of the Gold Star Memorial at Erwin City Hall on Friday, June 17, 2022. The event was co-sponsored by Unicoi County Heritage Museum and Charles E. King Sr. American Legion Post 25, Erwin.

Robinson’s book was prominently displayed among the Vietnam Museum’s memorabilia. Robinson and his wife Ora Mae are loyal supporters of museums.

Plan a day trip to both museums. It is for sure, a must-see destination. The museums are open from May to the first week of October. The rest of October, the museums are only open on weekends, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Martha Erwin is curator of the Unicoi County Heritage Museum and the Clinchfield Railway Museum.