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Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures

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Unknown Museums of Upstate New York is an informative and entertaining guide to the rich resources available at fifty small, often overlooked, regional museums. Even those familiar with the upstate area will likely have never visited and perhaps never heard of some of the treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum. D'Imperio tells each museum's story, in light of its cultural and historical relevance, and he provides ...

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Overview

Unknown Museums of Upstate New York is an informative and entertaining guide to the rich resources available at fifty small, often overlooked, regional museums. Even those familiar with the upstate area will likely have never visited and perhaps never heard of some of the treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum. D'Imperio tells each museum's story, in light of its cultural and historical relevance, and he provides a wealth of information about the museums as places of interest to visit, not just to read about.

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"What's your pleasure? Fly fishing, antique cars, cheese? There's a museum for that. Celebrate the "Wow Factor" of such offbeat gems as Lucille Ball's gold Mercedes (Lucy Desi Museum), Jell-O ads by Maxfield Parrish (Jell-O Museum), a well-endowed mummy (Museum of Oddities), or the Kazoo Museum's DIY shop. This ebullient guide should launch countless daytrips; an ode to a museum swept under by Hurricane Irene reminds us there's no time like now."
Scene and Heard Magazine
Armchair travelers will be tempted to go for a weekend getaway after reading this guide. Historians will be surprised by how many pasts modernity and suburbanization have buried. Everyone else will learn enough trivia to win any pub contest.
The 50 museums Mr. D'Imperio has chosen to highlight are definitely obscure. Most will appeal to hobbyists, collectors or enthusiasts. For example: The Lucy Desi Museum (Lucille Ball), Antique Boat Museum, Iroquois Indian Museum and New York State Museum of Cheese. Get the idea?
Even if you never plan to step foot in New York State, this is a fabulous read for the anecdotes: brothers who found their fortune running away from a Western gang; history: Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell did advertisements for what famous dessert? (you'll have to read the book to find out); record-breaking: the longest HO-scale train layout in the U.S; nostalgia: ride turn of the century (the last one that is) merry-go-rounds, and reverence of the human spirit: the vast majority of the 1,000 museums north of New York City are shoestring operations fueled more by passion than profit.
Significantly, tourists accustomed to the clinical descriptions will savor the heartfelt authenticity of Chuck D'Imperio's exploration of Upstate New York's Museums. This is a personal journey he has met with the directors of each museum and his descriptions reflect a deep respect and admiration for the significance of each spot, whether they display the important or the irreverent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815610281
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 458,908
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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