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Folklore & Allied Professions

Welcome to a growing reservoir of information and pathways that can lead you to more information, people, and organizations in the field of folklore and allied fields.


FOLK ARTS & CULTURE:   Folklore and Allied Professions

Allied History Organizations, Museums & Libraries

Adirondack Museum
John Collins, Director
Ann Carroll, Director of Public Affairs
Rte. 28N & 30
P.O. Box 99
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812-0099
Fax 518/352-7653
E-mail: acarroll@adkmuseum.org

The Adirondacks come alive at the Adirondack Museum. Called "the best of its kind in the world," by the New York Times, and "the Smithsonian of the Adirondacks," by the National Geographic Traveler, the Adirondack Museum’s 20 outdoor and indoor exhibit areas, fantastic views, and live programming tell the stories of how people lived, worked, and played in this six million acre wilderness. Special 2002 exhibits: "In Search of a National Landscape: William Trost Richards and the Artists’ Adirondacks, 1855-1870"; "Wilderness in the Eye of the Camera: Eliot Porter and Gary Randorf;" "Living with Wilderness;" and "Theodore Roosevelt, Naturalist and Conservationist." Visit the new Visitor Center, Museum Store and remodeled Lake View Cafe. Open Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.

Adirondack History Center Museum
Margaret Gibbs, Director
Essex County Historical Society
PO Box 428
7590 Court Street
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
E-mail: echs@adkhistorycenter.org

The Adirondack History Center Museum, of the Essex County Historical Society, displays artifacts from over two centuries of life in Essex County and the central Adirondacks. The diverse collection includes: artifacts from 18th century forts at Crown Point, an 1850s Washington printing press, an 1887 Concord stagecoach, a 1920s stage curtain advertising area businesses, an extensive collection of antique dolls, an iron bobsled from the 1932 Olympic Games, an Adirondack lean-to, and a 58-foot Fire Observation Tower to climb. The museum publishes On the Trail of John Brown: What Mary Brown Saw, a 24-page tour guide based upon what Mary Brown saw as the funeral cortege of John Brown, the abolitionist, traveled from the train depot in Vergennes, Vermont to the family farm in North Elba, New York.

Albany Institute of History and Art
Christine M. Miles, Director
25 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Fax 518/463-5506
E-mail: information@albanyinstitute.org

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art, one of the oldest museums in the United States, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. The museum achieves this mission through its collections, exhibitions, education programs, library, research projects, publications and other programs offered to the general public. The Institute’s City Neighbors Project brings curators, librarians, historians and folklorists together with members of the community to tell the story of Albany’s diverse past. Components of the project include collecting oral histories; conducting scholarly research; adding objects, photographs and research materials to the museum and library collections; and reaching new audiences through exhibitions, education programs and special events.

American History Workshop (N.Y.) Inc.
588 Seventh Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215-3707
Fax 718/499-6575
E-mail: info@americanhistoryworkshop.com

American History Workshop is a consortium of historians, writers, designers, and filmmakers who enliven public understanding of our people’s history, producing public programs to connect Americans with their past. Their clients include museums, historical societies, historic districts, parks and gardens, filmmakers, public agencies, businesses, citizens’ groups, television stations, and others involved in interpreting history. One of their aims is to find the forgotten voices in the American past, and to show that life in the most ordinary circumstances and the most local places can be connected to the larger stories of the American people.

American Italian Heritage Museum
Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo, President/Director
1227 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205

The American Italian Heritage Museum opened on Friday, August 7, 2009. It is owned and operated by the American Italian Heritage Association founded in 1979, with members in 34 states and 4 nations. There are 8 rooms that honor and tells the story of the Italian immigrants and the contributions of Italian American. The unique mission style building was completed in 1922; many Italian immigrants help build the church which was built for Our Lady of Mercy. In 1975, they sold the building and built a new church a couple of blocks away. The museum is staffed with volunteers and open Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. It is closed on major holidays and has a different schedule in the winter.

E-mail: website@buffalonet.org

BuffaloNet is a not-for-profit internet site dedicated to preserving Buffalo and Western New York’s heritage. Individuals who want to contribute material or take on design responsibilities for an area of this site are encouraged to e-mail the site. Links at this growing site include: Buffalo Folklore Etc., several sites devoted to the city’s history, History of Brewing in Buffalo, Buffalo’s Subway System, Genesee & Wyoming County New York Off-Beat History, and Replicas of Vintage Railroad and Automotive Equipment.

The Buffalonian
Steve R. Powell, Editor and Publisher

The Buffalonian is a news and multimedia on-line historical archive for western New York and the Niagara region. Published by the Peoples History Coalition of Buffalo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of historical information through the creation of an on-line community and archive, this site includes historical news articles, photographs, diary excerpts, and histories of western New York. The site develops and republishes accounts of local history and invites submissions to the site. Historians and genealogical researchers are offered a free web page to publish their research. Web visitors can also join a western New York discussion group at this site or visit the on-line store to purchase books and photographs.

Central New York Library Resources Council
6493 Ridings Road
Syracuse, NY 13206
Fax 315/446-5590

The Central New York Library Resources Council, familiarly known as CLRC, was formed in 1967 as one of nine Reference and Research Library Resources councils ("3Rs") in New York State. CLRC serves libraries and library systems in four Central New York counties: Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Onondaga. CLRC assists libraries schools and museums in these counties to provide digital access to unique local resources. Regional Automation and Library Services and Technology grants administered through CLRC provided funding for digitizing and web access to many of the collections and images.

Conference on New York State History
Cooperstown, New York
(607) 547-1453
E-mail: conference@nyhistory.net

The annual Conference on New York State History serves a broad audience of those interested in the people of New York in historical perspective. More than four decades after its initial incarnation, the conference today exemplifies the vitality and diversity of the study of state and local history. The conference is organized by an informal group of academic and public historians and is held in June at different locations around the state to experience New York’s diverse cultural heritage. The 2006 conference is scheduled for June 1-3 at Columbia University. The Conference’s program aims to represent New York’s historical diversity while seeking chronological, geographical, and topical balance. The conference accords special consideration to understudied topics, first-time presenters, and local government historians.

Corning Painted Post Historical Society
Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum
59 West Pulteney Street
Corning, New York 14830
E-mail: historyconference@nysha.org

The Corning Painted Post Historical Society, founded in 1947, preserves and makes available the historical heritage of the Corning- Painted Post area through its museum archives, speakers, demonstrations, and educational programs. In 1976, the Society acquired and restored as a Bicentennial project the dilapidated 1796 structure once known as the Painted Post Tavern. Located at 59 West Pulteney Street, Corning, it houses today the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum and other buildings moved to the site for restoration as the museum grew.

Crandall Public Library
Center for Folklife, History
and Cultural Programs

Todd DeGarmo, Director
251 Glen Street, City Park
Glens Falls, NY 12801-3507
Fax 518/792-5251
Email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org

The Folklife Center preserves and presents the living and historical heritage of the upper Hudson Valley and the Southern Adirondacks of upstate New York. The Folklife Center produces cultural programs of dance, music and storytelling; hosts lecture series and family workshops; develops exhibitions and publications; manages an archives and special collections for public research; and documents regional culture with original research.

Delaware County Historical Association
46549 State Highway 10
Delhi, NY 13753
E-mail: dcha@delhi.net

The Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1945 to document, preserve and present the history and traditions of Delaware County, New York. DCHA actively collects, preserves, and presents the history and traditions of Delaware County and the surrounding region. DCHA serves a variety of audiences through the restoration of historic structures; the collection, care, and exhibition of historic objects and archival materials; the documentation of living traditions, folk arts, social history, and programs.

Fenimore Art Museum
New York State Historical Association
5798 State Highway 80
PO Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Recorded information:
Fax: 607/547-1404
E-mail: info@nysha.org

Fenimore Art Museum is the showcase of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA). The museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to their shared cultural heritage through its exhibitions and programs. NYSHA’s folk art collection is one of the nation’s largest and finest. Begun with extensive gifts from Stephen C. Clark, the collection includes a variety of paintings, ship figureheads, quilts, weathervanes, trade signs, cigar-store figures, carvings, and decorated stoneware, all created by American folk artists. In 1995, the Fenimore Art Museum added a new American Indian Wing designed to house the extraordinary gift from Eugene and Clare Thaw of their collection of American Indian Art. Special interactive exhibits and hands-on activities provide students with a more in-depth look at American art and history.

Ganondagan State Historic Site
1488 State Route 444
Victor,NY 14564
E-mail: friends@frontiernet.net

The Ganondagan State Historic Site, southeast of Rochester, is where a Native American community flourished, a vibrant center for the Seneca people. Ganondagan State Historic Site is dedicated to the Message of Peace. The Friends of Ganondagan, formed in 1989 to lend physical, spiritual, and financial support to Ganondagan State Historic Site, believe in preserving and promoting that Message by fostering an informed interest in Native American history and culture – in particular, the Seneca relation to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Visitors can tour a full-size replica of a 17th-century Seneca Bark Longhouse, walk miles of self-guided trails, climb the mesa where a huge palisaded granary stored hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn, and learn about the destruction of Ganondagan, Town of Peace, in 1687.

Genesee Country Village and Museum
Betsy W. Harrison, President & CEO
Maria Neale, Education Coordinator
1410 Flint Hill Road
Mumford, NY 14511
Fax 585/538-6927
E-mail: Mneale@gcv.org

The Genesee Country Village and Museum is New York’s largest living history museum. The Historic Village has 68 restored and fully furnished buildings in this 19-century country village. The John L. Wehle Gallery has works of wildlife and sporting art that span four centuries, from the 1600s to the 1900s. The Carriage Museum displays a range of horse-drawn carriages from the 19th and early 20th centuries. At the Genesee Country Nature Center, you can enjoy spectacular views and discover native flora and fauna. In addition to its regular calendar of events and daily activities, Genesee Country Village and Museum offers a variety of crafts, trade classes, and workshops for children and adults.

Geneva Historical Society
Charles Bauder, Director
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Fax 315/789-0314
E-mail: info@genevahistoricalsociety.com

The Geneva Historical Society is a community-based organization created in 1883. The Society collects, preserves, and interprets the historic and cultural heritage of the Geneva, New York area. The Historical Society operates the Geneva Historical Society Museum, Rose Hill Mansion, the Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum, Balmanno Cottage, and the Fund for Historic Geneva.

Gotham Center for New York City History
Mike Wallace, Director
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Fax 212/817-1541
E-mail: gotham@gc.cuny.edu

The Gotham Center for New York City History was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, one of the authors of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. Housed at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, the Gotham Center’s goal is to boost the visibility—for citizens, tourists and students—of New York’s historical assets. At the website, you can post questions about NYC history, talk with NYC historians, find out about the center’s public forums, K-12 Teaching Initiative, and other projects.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Priscilla Brendler, Executive Director
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
E-mail: info@greaterhudson.org

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is a regional service organization formed to advance and to advocate the preservation and interpretation of the area’s historical, ethnic, and cultural heritages. GHHN is partnering in a 3 year major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to share archival oral histories through radio programs, websites, mobile apps, and new media.

Hanford Mills Museum
Jane McCone, Executive Director
P.O. Box 99
East Meredith, NY 13757
Toll free: 800/295-4992
Fax 607/278-6299
E-mail: hanford1@hanfordmills.org

Hanford Mills Museum is a 19th and 20th century mill site and farmstead in the rural community of East Meredith, NY. The museum features the operation of a water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking factory. The Museum preserves and presents to the public industrial, commercial, agricultural, and domestic activities at Hanford Mills; and examines the mill site’s changing role within the local community of rural and urban industry, technology, and economy within regional and national contexts from the early 19th through the mid-20th century.

Historic Palmyra
P.O. Box 96
132 Market Street
Palmyra, NY 14522
E-mail: bjfhpinc@rochester.rr.com

Historica Palmyra is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history and architectural heritage of Palmyra, New York. Once known as the “Queen of Erie Canal towns,” Palmyra boasts an astonishing array of architecture, ranging from the early 1800s to Victorian era grandeur. Historic Palmyra teaches local, county, state, and national history through its four museums. A complete research facility is located in the Palmyra Historical Museum and encompasses such subjects as Civil War, military, Erie Canal, photography, tools, dolls, medical and many local religious.

The History Center in Tompkins County
Matthew Braun, Director
401 East State Street, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850
Fax 607/273-6107
E-mail: director@TheHistoryCenter.net

The History Centerin Tompkins County (formerly the DeWitt Historical Society) is a center for learning, using the stories and artifacts of local experience to examine history in both local and national dimensions. You are invited to examine history through a local lens by exploring thousands of historic photographs, documents, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogies, maps, and more in The History Center’s Research Library. Participate in a Hands-On History workshop, schedule a behind-the-scenes tour, or purchase historic photographs and books featuring Ithaca history. The History Center in Tompkins County offers a variety of programs and services in partnership with others. They include the Student Historians Initiative, Eight Square Schoolhouse Living History Program, History Links Kits — curriculum tools for K-12 teachers and students, exhibitions and public programs, Research Library and Research Services, historic photograph collections and reprints, DeWitt Historical Society imprints, map, scrapbook, diary, and manuscript archives, object and painting collections, volunteer and intern programs. Check the web site www.TheHistoryCenter.net for special exhibits and programs.

Iroquois Indian Museum
324 Caverns Road
P.O. Box 7
Howes Cave, NY 12092
Fax 518/296-8955
E-mail: info@iroquoismuseum.org

The Iroquois Indian Museum is an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity. As an anthropological institution, it is informed by research on archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and craftspeople. The extensive website has information on education programs, museum and gallery, events, genealogy tips, and Iroquois history and archeology.

Lansing Historical Association
Louise Bement, President
Box 100
Lansing, NY 14882-0100
E-mail: wnb1@cornell.edu

The Lansing Historical Association is a local historical association dedicated to preserving the history of the town. LHA publishes a 4-page, picture-filled newsletter every other month, collects oral and written history and pictures; holds 5 board meetings per year and 2 public programs. LHA also publishes books on local history.

Long Island Museum
1200 Route 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Fax 631/751-0353 E-mail: mail@longislandmuseum.org

The Long Island Museum The Long Island Museum features art, carriage and history museums on nine park-like acres in the historic village of Stony Brook, New York. In 2006, the Long Island Museum joined a small group of museums and cultural institutions nationwide in becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate. The History Museum presents permanent and changing exhibitions that bring to life the history of Long Island and its relation to American culture. The Art Museum featuresAmerican art from the museum’s collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The Carriage Museum features 10 galleries housing the museum’s collection of more than 200 horse-drawn carriages.

Long Island Studies Institute
Prof. Geri Solomon
Assistant Dean of Special Collections
Joan & Donald E. Axinn Library, Room 032
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11550-1090
E-mail: Geri.Solomon@hofstra.edu

The Long Island Studies Institute a cooperative endeavor of Hofstra University and Nassau County, is a major center for the study of Long Island local and regional history. The Institute collections include the Nassau County Museum collection which had been at Eisenhower Park and Hofstra University’s James N. MacLean Nassau County American Legion Memorial collection. A rich repository for local history research, the reference collection includes books, photographs, newspapers, maps, census records, genealogies, government documents, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials. The collections are available to scholars, teachers, students, and the general public.

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Ed Glisson,
Acting Executive Director
875 North Water Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has as its mission to “...enlighten minds through a fun and creative learning environment where hands-on experiences spark curiosity, discovery and the joy of exploration.” Museum events include a Saturday Folk Music Series from March-July 2007, presenting Irish, Native American, Puerto Rican, Latino, African-American performers who play music, tell stories and demonstrate instruments. “Battle for Liberty” allows children to learn about the Revolutionary War in the Hudson Valley through a hands-on history exhibit.

Mohawk Valley Library System
858 Duanesburg Road
Schenectady, NY 12306-1095
Fax 518/355-0674

The Mohawk Valley Library System (MVLS) is a cooperative public library system serving Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties. The Documentarian: MVLS’s Local History and Genealogy Web Site, winner of the 1999 Joseph F. Shubert Award for Excellence in Library Service, highlights historical and genealogical materials from the collection of its fourteen member libraries. This site also features a page of Linked Resources to other organizations doing similar work.

Museum Association of New York (MANY)
265 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Fax 518/273-3416
E-mail: info@manyonline.org

The Museum Association of New York, chartered in 1962, is a service organization for all New York museums. MANY’s programs help museums shape their futures in imaginative and innovative ways. MANY brings New York’s museum community together to promote museums as engines of economic development and key tourist destinations, speak out as a strong, unified statewide voice on museum-related issues, increase public understanding and support for museums, address state legislative and public policy initiatives, provide professional support and training for museum staff and volunteers, and foster organizational development. MANY provides advocacy activities and advocacy training, biennial salary and benefits survey, as well as other surveys of issues in the field, and meetings and training opportunities. MANY’s membership program provides a monthly e-newsletter with funding calendar and job listings, as well as periodic advocacy updates; access to competitive rates for Workers Compensation, NYS Disability, and Directors and Officers Liability insurance through Associated Risk Managers of NYS; discounts on publications, including the biennial salary and benefits survey and annual conference; and a copy of the annual Legislative Guide.

The Museum of Biblical Art
Ena Heller, Executive Director
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023-7505
Fax 212/408-1292
E-mail: info@mobia.org

The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) is a small museum with a large mandate: To better understand how the narratives and symbols of the Bible have influenced the history of art and visual culture. MOBIA considers the religious as well as the aesthetic and historic significance of objects created in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Its reach extends from high art to the vernacular, and from contemporary work to functional objects created thousands of years ago.

(formerly Upstate History Alliance)
Catherine Gilbert, Executive Director 11 Ford Ave.
Oneonta, NY 13820
(800) 895-1648
E-mail: info@museumwise.org

Museumwise is a statewide membership organization provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions. Established in 1971, Museumwise is continually developing resources including online courses, traveling exhibits (with funding from the Documentary Heritage Program), workshops, grants for museum advancement, and an annual conference (Museums in Conversation) as well as an intensive training institute held each fall at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks.

The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
E-mail: webmaster@nyhistory.org

For nearly 200 years, the New-York Historical Society has collected, preserved and interpreted a wide array of objects such as paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, newspapers and books that document the history of New York and American life. The Society collaborates with educators, with programs that introduce research skills to young historians throughout the academic year. You can view featured exhibitions at their website, as well as check their calendar of public programming.

New York History Net
Institute of New York State Studies
Empire State Plaza
P.O. Box 2432
Albany, New York 12220-0432
E-mail: INYSS@nyhistory.com

The New York History Net web site offers home page and web site hosting for history-related organizations, and advertising for organizations wishing to reach NY History Net users. The site’s mission is to promote awareness of New York State’s history resources by the largest number of people possible. Crossing lines among academic, governmental and commercial sources, information is grouped comprehensively. For instance, libraries, booksellers, and manuscript dealers are grouped together, as are museums and antique dealers.

New York State Historical Association
Lake Road
P.O. Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326

The New York State Historical Association celebrates America’s past through its Fenimore House Museum, American Indian Wing, Farmers’ Museum, and Research Library. The New York State Historical Association is a private, non-profit membership-based organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects and documents signficant to New York history and to American culture. The Association provides services to schools with social studies materials, museum tours, and workshops. Summer week-long Seminars on American Culture provide interested adults with courses on New York’s history and rural craft traditions. The Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies is jointly offered with the State University of New York at Oneonta.

New York State Museum
3097 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
E-mail: nysmweb@mail.nysed.gov

The New York State Museum is working towards making its research and collection materials available on-line. The web site provides information on the museum’s exhibits, programs, and calendar. Descriptions of Museum research and collections are included.

North Tonawanda History Museum
Donna Zellner Neal, Director
314 Oliver Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
E-mail: nthistorymuseum@aol.com

The North Tonawanda History Museum preserves, protects, and exhibits collections pertaining to the history of North Tonawanda, its people and community life, focusing especially on the rich immigrant heritage and role as an important shipping and manufacturing center strategically located on the historic Erie Canal and Niagara River in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Port Washington Public Library
Nancy Curtin, Library Director
Local History Center

Elly Shodell, Oral History Director
One Library Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
516/883-4400 x 168 or x107
E-mail: localhistory@pwpl.org

The Port Washington Public Library’s Oral History Program was founded in 1980 to document and preserve on tape the memories of the men and women who have shaped Port Washington’s history. The collection now holds more than 200 interviews and 8,000 pages of transcript. Themes have included African-American families; great estates; sandmining; maritime traditions; aviation history; and folk traditions. These materials have been used for historical exhibits, radio programs, school projects and major works of historical scholarship. The program involves the community with workshops, lectures, walking tours, exhibitions, film screenings and special events. Illustrated catalogs of oral exhibitions and booklets about Long Island history can be purchased by e-mailing the Oral History Program.

Rensselaer County Historical Society
Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Acting Director
57 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
E-mail: info@rchsonline.org

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is a non-profit, private educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. Located in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, the museum fulfills its mission from two adjacent 19th century townhouses—the Hart-Cluett House, which serves as a house museum, and the Carr Building, which houses programmatic and research functions. RCHS offers visitors and members a wide range of tours, exhibitions, educational programs and an extensive local history research library. Find out about their on-line exhibitions and collections at their website.

Roberson Museum &
Science Center

30 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905-4774
Fax 607/771-8905
E-mail: info@roberson.org

The Roberson Museum and Science Center is a nationally recognized regional museum and science center with emphasis on art, folklife, history, natural history, science and technology. It includes exhibition galleries, an historic turn-of-the-century mansion, planetarium, theater, educational and technology center, life-science learning center and a museum shop and cafe.

Rochester Museum and Science Center
Kate Bennett, President
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

The Rochester Museum & Science Center creates inspiring, entertaining and educational experiences engaging the community in the exploration of the region’s cultural heritage, as well as nature, science, and technology. For more the 90 years, this museum has served the area as, in the words of an early director, the “University of the Common Man.” It features a permanent exhibition exploring local Haudenosaunee Iroquois heritage, and a quilt collection from 1820 to the mid-twentieth century, among its collection of 1.2 million regional history, anthropology, natural sciences, and archives objects.

Shelter Island Historical Society
Louise T. Green, Director
16 South Ferry Rd.
P.O. Box 847
Shelter Island, NY 11964-0847
Fax 631/749-1825 E-mail: sihissoc@optonline.net

The Shelter Island Historical Society was founded in 1922 and chartered in 1966. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history of Shelter Island. The Society maintains the historic Havens House, a barn, and the Manhanset Chapel Museum. The Havens House was built in 1743 by Capt. William Havens. It served as a farmhouse, community store, tavern, town meeting hall, post office, and school. Havens House gained listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The barn houses farming and fishing artifacts, while changing exhibits are displayed in the c. 1890 Manhanset Chapel Museum.

Slate Valley Museum
Mary Lou Willits, Executive Director
17 Water St.
Granville, NY 12832
Fax 518/642-1417
E-mail: mail@slatevalleymuseum.org

The Slate Valley Museum focuses on the regional history and culture of the Slate Valley of New York and Vermont. It is the leading center for research and interpretation of the geology, history, and peoples of the slate industry of North America. Slate Valley Museum Education Programs explore the traditions and customs of immigrants, the geology of slate, and the quarrying tools and technology of the slate industry.

Staten Island Museum
Diane Matyas, Director of Exhibitions and Programs
75 Stuyvesant Place
Staten Island, New York 10301
E-mail: info@statenislandmuseum.org

The Staten Island Museum is just a ferry ride away from downtown Manhattan. Founded in 1881 and continuing the founders’s purpose of enriching the cultural lives in the community, this “mini-Smithsonian” is rich with arts, natural sciences, and local history. Staten Island’s hometown museum also sponsors public programs that run the gamut from leather crafts lectures to history talks and hands-on science workshops. The Museum provides a diverse offering of public education lessons for school groups.

Strong National Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607
E-mail: info@museumofplay.org

Strong National Museum of Play is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to the study of play as it illuminates American culture. As an independent, 501-c-3, educational organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, the museum explores play because it is critical to learning and human development and offers a unique window into American culture. Some people call Strong a children’s museum; others call it a history museum. In fact, it blends the best features of both — high interactivity and extensive collections — to serve a diverse audience of children, families, adults, students, educators, scholars, and collectors. The American Journal of Play is an interdisciplinary quarterly of Strong National Museum of Play that is intended for educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others interested in children and the importance of play.

Three Village Historical Society
Margaret Conover, Director
Lisa Signorelli, Education Coordinator
93 North Country Road
P.O. Box 76
Setaucket, NY 11733
Fax 516/751-3730
E-mail: tvhistsoc@aol.com

The Three Village Historical Society works within the community to explore local history through education. Educational programs are developed by collecting and preserving artifacts, documents, and other materials of local significance and by doing research on the history of the people who have lived in the Three Village area from earliest habitation to the present. You can learn about their educational programs for adults, families, children, and schools, as well as the Society’s publications and exhibits at their website.

Ticonderoga Heritage Museum

E-mail: unclefvp@verizon.net

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum located on the edge of Bicentennial Park in downtown Ticonderoga, exhibits and educates the community and its visitors on the Industrial Heritage of the area. Better known as the “1888” building, the Museum is the last remaining structure of the Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company that once covered the entire park area. The Museum has on a rotating display, several of the over 38 scale models of various industries that was responsible for the growth of this town situated on the LaChute River that connects land between two lakes: Lake George and Lake Champlain.

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region
Website contact: UGR Contact

The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. seeks to make available information about the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region and in the City of Albany. With research, and retelling, their goal is to recapture a story that has long had the character of a mystery and has little visibility in our local public’s imagination. The site provides information on key people, institutions, instruments, houses, and locations of the Underground Railroad. This non-profit organization offers an annual conference, newsletter, tours, talks, and is involved in restoration of a house that was once an Underground Railroad site.

Walter Elwood Museum of Mohawk Valley
Ann Thane, Director
300 Guy Park Avenue
Amsterdam, NY 12010
E-mail: museum@nycap.rr.com

The Walter Elwood Museum (formally the Mohawk Valley Heritage Association or MVHA) was formed in 1981 to protect the small, school-owned museum started by Walter Elwood to house his collection of ethnographic materials and natural history items from throughout the world. The museum collection is housed in a 100-year old brick building which formerly served as an elementary school. The approximately 25,000 artifacts fall into four categories: multicultural, Victorian, natural history, and items that relate to Mohawk Valley’s colorful industrial past (documentary, photographic and tangible). The museum serves to link school curriculum to the area’s cultural and historic heritage, and has functioned as an intellectual and artistic center for Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley. It offers interactive learning environments, educational classes, and various cultural events.

World Awareness Children’s Museum
Jacquiline Touba, Ph.D.,
Executive Director
174-176 Glen Street
Glens Falls, New York 12801
E-mail: wacm@worldchildrensmuseum.org

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is an educational institution which fosters knowledge and appreciation of world cultures through exhibitions, interactive programming, the International Youth Art Exchange and educator-led tours. Created in 1995, the museum has a mission to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity for children and adults. Their Outreach Program uses different celebrations from around the world to show students the similarities and differences in cultures.

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READ the report Cultural Heritage Tourism: Best Practices and Key Concepts for Regional Initiatives by Dr. Ellen McHale (NYFS), Dr. Lisa Overholser (NYFS), and Dr. Daniel Franklin Ward (Erie Canal Museum).

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