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11,000 years along the Housatonic River: The archaeology of Native Americans in the Northwest Hills

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The Sloane-Stanley Museum invites the public to a free program on Saturday, October 4 to celebrate Connecticut Archaeology Awareness Month. Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, state archaeologist, will present a talk at 1 p.m. on the history of the Native American settlements, patterns of subsistence along the Housatonic River and how both were forced to adapt to changing climatic conditions and European contact.

Dr. Bellantoni serves as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at the University of Connecticut. He has been excavating in Connecticut for over 30 years. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Bellantoni open Connecticut Archaeology Awareness Month by speaking at the Sloane-Stanley Museum,” said Karin Peterson, museum director. “He is a knowledgeable and charismatic speaker.” Want-to-be archaeologists can refine their digging skills at “Excavation Station,” an interactive learning experience for all ages, which precedes Dr. Bellantoni’s presentation from 11 am to 1 pm.

This program also is part of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Walking Weekend held each year so the public can learn about the history and culture of this region which includes parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

The Sloane-Stanley Museum was built as a collaborative effort between Eric Sloane and the Stanley Works of New Britain to commemorate the tool company’s 125th anniversary. Sloane is known to lovers of Americana as an artist and author who brought to life many forgotten customs and skills of past generations. In all, Sloane authored and illustrated over 38 books.

The Sloane-Stanley Museum is located in Kent, Connecticut on Route 7 (31 Kent-Cornwall Road) just north of the village of Kent at the intersection of Route 7 and 341. The museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission: Adults $4.00, senior citizens, $3.00, Children 6 to 17 $2.50.

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism brings together tourism, film, history and the arts. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut’s cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state. For more information, visit and

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