The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum was recently listed on the WNBF News Radio site as one of the top 13 carousels in New York State. According to the article: "We are so lucky to have 46 historic, working carousels in the Empire State. Here is a list of 13 of the best!"
The museum's 1916 Allan Herschell Special Number One Carousel was the first Carousel on the list! To read the article, and to see what other carousels made the list (there are FIVE North Tonawanda built carousels on the list) follow the link below!
Read More: Take a Ride on Any of These 13 Historic New York Carousels
Executive Director Ian K. Seppala joined an esteemed panel to discuss the Stewart Park Carousel located in Ithaca New York. The presentation includes a brief history of later Herschell Carousels, a discussion on the history of Stewart Park, The restoration of the carousel, and more! A big thank you to all of the presenters and the Friends of Stewart Park for hosting such a wonderful program!
A recent article on the Family Vacationist named the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum as one of the Best 25 Things to Do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Author Dave Parfitt is a well-known travel writer, with credits including Lonely Planet, AAA, & US News & World Report among others. Listed in the Family-Friendly Attractions section, Dave notes:
"Amusement park fans should stop at the Herschell Carrousel Factory in North Tonawanda, midway between Niagara Falls and Buffalo, where half of the hand-carved wooden carousels in North America were created. Head to this early 1900s factory to see the carving floor and take a ride on one of the two historic merry-go-rounds."
To see what other recommendations Dave Parfitt has, or to read the whole article, follow the link below:
Carrousel Chats are a free virtual program series presented by the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. They consist of presentations from experts in the amusement field and then a question and answer session. Carrousel Chats Episode 1: Maintaining Historic Carousels aired on November 11, 2021. An extra special THANK YOU to Bill Brown of Balboa Park Carousel for presenting at the first Carrousel Chat!
This program is made possible by the Museum Association of New York Building Capacity Grant.
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.