Connecticut River Museum - History

The Connecticut River Museum explores the history and environment of the Connecticut River's 410 miles. Located in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, the museum is dedicated to collecting and protecting historical documents and artifacts of the region. Each year, the museum teaches youth groups about the Connecticut River and its people through exhibits and educational programs. Exhibits focus on Dutch settlers, the War of 1812, famous River residents, and more. Groups can explore the galleries to discover dug-out canoes, the first submarine, and the 1814 British Raid on Essex or head outside to sail on a historic vessel. Boat cruises, and guided workshops are available.
 
Contact Info
Address: 67 Main St., Essex, CT 06426. Middlesex County. 
 
Tel: 860-767-8269. 
 
 
 
Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-5PM Oct. – May, Daily May -Oct.
 
SCHOOLS
Programs at the museum allow students to use art, artifacts, and historical documents and even the River itself to understand important historical events. Popular programs include David Bushnell's Turtle, River Dwellers and The British Raid on Essex. Students can learn to make rope and use the simple machines of a 19th century shipyard, read documents related to key historical events, and explore the relationship between geography and community development. College classes are invited to visit the Connecticut River Museum to explore topics related to local and regional history/geography and museum studies.
 
 
Contact Info
Contact: Jennifer White-Dobbs, Education Director, 860-767-8269 ext. 113, jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 100 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-4 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email. 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee. 
 
Title I or Funding Support: Yes.
 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Art.
Topics Covered: History, geography, early settlers, primary/secondary resources, language arts, art, culture, CT & Regional history, maritime history, explorers, industrial revolution.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts will learn all about the Connecticut River’s history and ecology at the Connecticut River Museum. All museum programs align with scout badge requirements and can be customized to meet your troop’s needs. Field trips can be scheduled from 2:30 – 6PM on Monday-Thursday, during school break weeks, or on select weekends. Scout field trip reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
 
 
Contact Info
Contact: Jennifer White-Dobbs, Education Director, 860-767-8269 ext. 113, jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email. 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee. 
 
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies, Environmental Science.
Topics Covered: History, geography, early settlers, art, culture, river ecosystems, wildlife, conservation, how to be a historian.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
The Homeschool Program Series at the Connecticut River Museum allows homeschoolers to participate in workshops, complete projects, and more. Activities include learning how to steer with a tiller aboard the Onrust, hearth cooking, exploring the Connecticut River’s history using primary source documents, and more. Homeschool programs run on Tuesday mornings from 10AM-12PM. Programs can be booked individually or as an entire series.
 
 
 
Contact Info
Contact: Education Department, 860-767-8269 ext. 113, jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email. 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee. 
 
 
Topics Covered: History, geography, explorers, early settlers, regional history, maritime history, industrial revolution, primary/secondary resources, language arts, art, culture.

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