Kneel More, a popular Geocaching Youtuber, just released a new video today of its Cache Tales time visiting the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary Geocaching is "a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device". The museum actually possess one of these caches in its front garden. The museum's volunteer docent Dru, or babrshpdru as shes known to geocaching friends, has placed this cache for anyone to find!
Below is the video by Kneed More, and all of its contents are property and opinions of that account.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is proud to partner with local crafters and companies to sell quality local items. One of these partners was recently featured on ShoutoutHTX which recognizes mom & pop shops. The interview with The Smell of Fear Candle Co. owner Jillian Walkowiak can be found here. Congratulations to Jill and her deserved spotlight! Keep up the good work Jill!
Additionally, The Smell of Fear Candle Co. has created an exclusive scent, Carousel Magic, for HCFM! The candle is available in the giftshop.
An article from back in May, from Niagara Frontier Publications, marks the end of a Niagara Falls era. Author Michael DePietro mentions that three of the rides from the former location are now in the museum's Kiddieland Testing Park Exhibit. The link for the article is found below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (North Tonawanda, NY, 17th August 2021) –
The Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. – a non-profit, board-led, institution which operates the Herschell Carousel Factory Museum at North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York – wishes to announce the hiring of Ian K. Seppala as Executive Director.
Ian K. Seppala has served as the museum's Education Director since October 2018. He has also served as the Interim Director since November 2020. Ian is a graduate of both SUNY Brockport (B.S. History), and Morgan State University (M.A. Museum Studies).His museum experience also includes The Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Historic Ships in Baltimore and The James E. Lewis Museum of Art. Mr. Seppala has released the following statement regarding his hiring:
"It is with great honor that I accept the position of Executive Director of the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for their support and belief in me. I would also like to thank the museum staff (previous and present), volunteers and community for their support. The museum is an important place in the community, and I look forward to steering the organization into the future."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (North Tonawanda, NY, 5 August 2021) –
The Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. – a non-profit, board-led, institution which operates the Herschell Carousel Factory Museum at North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York – wishes to announce the results of elections of board officers for the 2021-2022 term. Board of Trustee s Officers for the next year will be President – Raphaelle Proefrock of North Tonawanda, Vice President – Gregory Toutoundjian of Amherst, NY, Treasurer – Ward Bray of Amherst, NY, Vice Treasurer – Edward Janulionis of Buffalo, NY, and Secretary – Barbara Trabold of Amherst, NY.
A complete list of all fifteen Trustees can be found on their website at https://www.carrouselmuseum.org/board-of-trustees.html#/
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, operated by the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. (CSNF), is a premier national historic site and community resource for family recreation and learning that fosters an appreciation for the unique heritage of the carousel and related industries in the Niagara Region.
Through educational, cultural, and recreational programming, visitors experience the places, people, stories, and artifacts associated with the past production of carousels, band organs and amusement devices.
Since 1980 the CSNF has dedicated themselves to the historic preservation of various artifacts associated with the amusement and band organ industry of the 19th and 20th centuries.
A recent article on cnynews.com listed the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum as one of the "Bucket List: 16 Little Known" upstate museums to visit. Other museums in the article include the Kazoo Museum of Eden, NY and the Cobblestone Society Museum of Albion, NY. Click the link below to read the full article, and check out some fascinating museums!
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum following the release of new CDC suggestions and the easing of restrictions in New York, will be changing their COVID-19 policy effective Wednesday, May 26th 2021. These new policies will be in effect for the opening of the Kiddieland Testing Park Exhibit Saturday, May 29th 2021.
The following changes will be enacted on Wednesday, May 26th 2021:
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is still committed to the safety of its visitors, volunteers and staff. Therefore, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum has made the decision to maintain our current indoor policy of requiring masks for staff and guests for the time being. Additionally, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our policy moving forward. We thank all for their understanding and continued support of the Museum in these trying times.
Greetings members, guests, and community,
Following the announcement of the CDC and New York State relaxing face covering mandates for those fully vaccinated, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum has made the decision to maintain our current indoor policy of requiring masks for staff and guests for the time being.
In anticipation of our Kiddieland Testing Exhibit opening May 29th, we will be releasing new outdoor policies in the coming week. Additionally, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our policy moving forward. We thank all for their understanding and continued support of the Museum in these trying times.
Ian K. Seppala