Local Travel Blogger and write Moxie Gardiner visited the museum this fall, and celebrated the visit with a blog entitled: "The Power of Childhood". In the blog post, Moxie shares memories of local amusement and comments on the healing powers of memory. To read the article, click here.
To read more of Moxie's work, please visit https://moxiegardiner.com/.
Chuck and his crew from the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis (13 WTHR) visited Niagara Falls, and stopped by at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. Chuck spoke to Executive Director Ian K. Seppala about what makes the museum so important (and fun!) to visit. He also got a quick lesson from Carver Doug Bathke, and tried some carving himself. You can watch his segment about HCFM below. For more on his visit to Niagara Falls view his blog here.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum's children's Halloween event, Halloween Spooktacular, has been featured in the Buffalo Rising Article "Fall into Fun". The article mentions fun family related activities to do in Western New York from October 1st to October 15th. Spooktacular takes place October 14th & 15th in two hours time slots. For more information and tickets click here.
Click on the link below to read the article and see what else the area has in the weeks to come!
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum sadly announces the passing of Dottie Sowers. Dottie was a long-term volunteer at the museum. Known for her kindness and generous smile, Dottie operated the Kiddie Carrousel for years, and was prominent at special events. She will be sadly missed by her loved ones and the museum. Dottie was also a legendary swimming coach and is a member of the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
of Tonawanda NY passed away on September 10, 2023 Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Charles Sowers; cherished mother of Mary Beth (Timothy) O'Brien; devoted grandmother of Robert (Carrie) and Kevin (Allison) O'Brien and loving great grandmother of Avery and Abigail. Dorothy's Family will receive friends on Monday September 18th from 3-7 PM at the DENGLER ROBERTS PERNA FUNERAL HOME 3070 Delaware Ave, Kenmore NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday September 19th, 9:30 AM at St. Christopher's RC Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Please assemble at the church. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy's memory to the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes 212 Lowell Road, Kenmore, NY 14217 or Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum."
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum set to join Party on the Plaza, hosted by the Aquarium of Niagara
HCFM is proud to announce that they will be one of the community partners joining the Aquarium of Niagara for the popular Party on the Plaza August 2nd. The event lasts from 5:30-7:30pm.
According to a press release by the Aquarium “Programming like ‘Party on the Plaza’ directly represents the Aquarium’s efforts to execute its strategic goals to build community locally and regionally, become a quality-of-life resource for our neighbors, and create a more welcoming environment for all. Last year’s event welcomed 300 guests, connecting them with valuable community partners and the Aquarium.”
For more information, follow the link below to reporting by Niagara Frontier Publications
It is with great sadness that the museum announces the passing of Donald "Don Larrabee. Don was a kind person who was a stable of the museum's maintenance team. His passion for his local community was only surpassed by his love for his family. Below is his Obituary, as printed by the Niagara Gazette:
Donald Howard Larrabee, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Gary Dahlstrom, a local carver and member of the Niagara Frontier Carving Club, donated his hand carved chess set to a middle school in the Grand Island School District. The chess set was on display at the museum for the 2022 season.
For more information, click the link here or below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IMLS Press Contact Erica Jaros EJaros@imls.gov
ACM Press Contact Alison Howard, 703-224-3100 x102 Alison.Howard@ChildrensMuseums.org
HCFM Press Contact Ian Seppala, 716-693-1885 email@example.com
[Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum]Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families Museums for All to increase accessibility of high-quality museum learning resources.
[North Tonawanda]—Today Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum for a minimal fee of $3.00 per person, up to six people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 850 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.
Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 850 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With more than 460 members in 50 states and 16 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.
About the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (HCFM) The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, operated by the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, 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. To learn more, visit www.carrouselmuseum.org