ESSEX, — Discover the myths and legends of the Connecticut River Valley at the Connecticut River Museum’s newest exhibit on Friday, May 10.
The Myths and Legends exhibit explores centuries of folklore that have defined the Connecticut River Valley region.
Discover some of the extraordinary legends from the Connecticut River Valley and learn how the Charter Oak tree became a symbol of Connecticut’s bravado and independence. Peer into powers of Darkness through stories that show the darker side of life along the River. See how lack of understanding about transmittable diseases spurred tales of vampirism in a small New England town and the creation of the Dummerston Vampire story. And listen to a creation story narrated by a Native American storyteller who explains how Mount Sugarloaf was formed.
As you are drawn into this wonderful exhibit, there are hands-on activities to further lure you into the stories; Design your own legendary figure shadow puppet, solve the mystery photo puzzle and word puzzles, and create your own fantastic creature. To accompany the exhibit, the museum is offering programs throughout the season. In the first program Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Dr. John Ebel will present a talk on his book, “New England Earthquakes,” where he introduces you to the surprising history of earthquakes in the northeast corridor and looks at what the future may hold. Additional program offerings are updated regularly on our website www.ctrivermuseum.org.
Curator, Amy Trout said, “The exhibit will explore iconic local stories, such as that of the Charter Oak, but we also want to tap into stories from up River, such as a Vermont murder mystery. We wanted to include as much as we could - weighty, historical material and lighter, more whimsical stories — from as much of the River Valley as possible.” This exhibit is made possible in part by CT Humanities, The Kitchings Family Foundation, The Community Foundation of Middlesex County, The River View Cemetery Fund, The Sallie and Robert Boody Fund, and the Dryfoos Foundation.
The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on Mondays until Memorial Day. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for students, $6 for children age 6-12, and free for children under 6. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org