Unknown Museums of Upstate New York
A Guide to 50 Treasures
"Chuck D’Imperio has traveled the rural byways of the upstate region and explored many of its museums to find the best and most interesting collections for travelers and history enthusiasts."—Garet D. Livermore, Vice President for Education, New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum
"Chuck D’Imperio knows where in upstate New York to look for the most interesting stuff. Without a doubt, his enthusiasm will spark many a road trip to these lesser-known places."—Janet Mendelsohn, author of Maine’s Museums: Art, Oddities and Artifacts
"Whether well-known or unfamiliar, every museum in the state tells us something about who we are and what we’re about as New Yorkers. I love this book because it informs us in a very personal way of the importance of all museums."—Senator Betty Little, Chair of Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee
Chuck D’Imperio, Oneota, NY
"The Road Less Traveled is the Road Best Traveled!"
Author, Broadcaster, Public Speaker
Chuck D’Imperio is a well-known radio personality from Upstate New York and the author of several books that explore the hidden facets of his home region, including the recent Monumental New York! A Guide to 30 Iconic Memorials in Upstate New York.
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Ask Gary Moeller about an unusual display at the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa and he will excitedly direct you to the privy exhibit of old bottles found in outhouses. More interested in cobblestones? There’s a museum for that. Cheese? Jell-O? Classic cars? These are covered as well in sometimes eccentric and always fascinating museums located throughout the state.
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. In addition to information on ticket prices, hours of operation, and travel directions, Unknown Museums of Upstate New York highlights key information about the collections and offers suggestions for how visitors can make the most of their visit, listing nearby and related venues of interest to the regional explorer. Each of these museums deserves a visit, but you won’t find any of them in New York City. They’re some of the gems of Upstate New York, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find them without this guide.
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1. Region One: Chautauqua/Allegany
2. Region Two: Greater Niagara
3. Region Three: The Finger Lakes
4. Region Four: 1,000 Islands/Seaway
5. Region Five: Central-Leatherstocking
6. Region Six: Adirondacks/North Country
7. Region Seven: The Catskills
8. Region Eight: Hudson Valley
9. Region Nine: Capital District/Saratoga
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6 x 9, 320 pages, 51 black-and-white illustrations, 1 map, index