Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Adirondack Family Activities: NY State Museum Week

New York State is celebrating its museums, art centers, zoos, historic buildings, botanical gardens and other cultural organizations from May 31-June 6, 2012  with New York State Museum Week.

According to Goodsell Museum‘s Executive Director Gail Murray, they are hoping this opportunity will draw different people into the museum.

“We have new exhibits in,” says Murray.” We are dedicating the upstairs to places we call ‘Accidental Museums’ like The Strand Theater here in Old Forge. We made one area look like the theatre and we have some of their film memorabilia and camera collection on loan. Another example of local history and accidental museums are The Farm Restaurant and Teich’s Old Trading Post.”

Murray explains that these area businesses collected items of interest from farming and logging tools to over 1,000 stuffed animal specimens. The collections would be displayed for patrons to peruse while waiting for a meal. Though The Strand Theatre is the only still functioning business, the collections of the others are around and being displayed for the first time in years.

“The downstairs exhibit is a tribute to the Tuttle family,” says Murray. “Their story is an interesting one. Orley Tuttle developed the Tuttle Devil Bug fishing lure and it is still used today. Orley even patented a snowshoe harness. We are thankful that The Adirondack Museum was willing to share part of its collection.”

Lottie Tuttle will also receive her fair share of attention. According to Murray, Lottie was the first woman licensed guide in New York State. She was also a landscape artist and painted the realistic details on the Tuttle Devil Bugs.

Murray says, “Anyone that has seen an ad for the Town of Webb and New York State Museum Week can mention the ad for a free book.”

The Goodsell Museum is not the only Adirondack museum celebration Museum Week. Below are a list of places that are offering various special activities, free admission and

Participating Museums in the Adirondack Area
Adirondack History Center – Elizabethtown
Adirondack Museum – Blue Mountain Lake
Constable Hall – Constableville
Hancock House Museum and Research Library – Ticonderoga
Lake Placid Olympic Museum – Lake Placid
Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society – Lake Placid
Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum – Lyon Mountain
North Star Underground Railroad Museum – Ausable Chasm
Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society – Dannemora
Stevenson Society of America – Saranac Lake
The Wild Center – Tupper Lake
Town of Webb Historical Association – Old Forge
Town of Warren Historical Society Museum –
Kent-Delord House Museum – Plattsburgh
The Alice T. Miner Museum – Chazy
Champlain Valley Transportation Museum – Plattsburgh
Clinton County Historical Association – Plattsburgh
Chapman Historical Museum – Glens Falls
The Hyde Collection – Glens Falls
Parks Bentley Place – Glens Falls
World Awareness Children’s Museum – Glens Falls

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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