ESSEX — To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer and mariner Adriaen Block’s exploration of the Connecticut River, the Connecticut River Museum is enhancing the long-term exhibition, On the Great River. These enhancements will explore the story of the Dutch presence in the River Valley and their relationship with the region’s Native Americans.
Although the Dutch stay in the valley was a short twenty-one years at the House of Hope in Hartford, the manuscript map that Block created located what he called ‘the Fresh River’ and opened up the Connecticut Valley to English settlement. In conjunction with the exhibit a lecture about Block and the Dutch influence in the Connecticut River Valley will be given by retired senior curator Brenda Milkofsky. A light reception will be offered after the talk.
The lecture and gallery reception will be held Thursday, October 9 at 5:30 pm. Admission to the evening program is free for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. To register, please call 860.767.8269.
The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.