In week 4, we explore the American Clock & Watch Museum, Connecticut’s Old Statehouse, The Hartt School, Lebanon Green and the Eric Sloane Museum.
The American Clock & Watch Museum is a center for collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the history and science of clocks, watches and other timekeepers of horological interest. Connecticut’s Old State House served as the Constitution State’s original seat of government from 1796 to 1878. The Hartt School, a nationally and internationally known performing arts conservatory, prepares students to succeed as professionals in the performing arts. Graduates are found performing on the Broadway stage and teaching in elementary classrooms. Old farm houses line the highways leading to Lebanon in eastern Connecticut between Norwich and Willimantic, where the town center resembles many picturesque New England villages with a library,churches and town hall clustered around the green.
But it is like no other green in New England. A mile in length and with a major portion still in agricultural use, the Lebanon green is unique because of its size, its preservation as an example of an early town settlement, and its association with great events in the American Revolution. A man of great energy and many talents, Elic Sloane (1905-1985) was a prolific artist, author and illustrator of over 30 books, and an avid collector of Americana. His extensive collection of hand tools id displayed in a building gifted to the state in 1969 by Stanley Works, the Connecticut-based tool manufacturing company, to mark their 125th anniversary.