For thirty years the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum has been serving the Western New York community. Many museum visitors find that the story of the museum’s growth is as fascinating as that of the Herschell companies themselves. Join us for a special anniversary edition of our free “Carrousel Chat” adult lecture series on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00pm to celebrate three decades of preservation, education, and recreation. Museum Director Rae Proefrock will share stories and memories of the museum’s evolution from an idea in a newspaper ad to a focal point for cultural tourism in the Tonawandas. Discover how far the museum has come thanks to the tireless efforts of community members, and what is planned for the future. Most importantly, find out what YOU can do to help the museum continue to grow and prosper for another 30 years.
Raphaelle (Rae) Proefrock is a retired elementary educator with a long history of interest and involvement in museum operations. Ms. Proefrock is a founding trustee of the museum, and has served as Director since 2009. She is a leader in preservation efforts for much of North Tonawanda, in addition to the Allan Herschell factory complex.
Housed in the historic Allan Herschell Company factory building, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum interprets the production of carrousels, band organs, and a variety of other amusement rides produced in North Tonawanda during the late 19th through mid-20th centuries. Through exhibits, hands-on activities and crafts, and a year-long program of educational events, the museum provides unique opportunities for families to learn and play together. There truly is something for visitors of all ages, so come discover for yourself why “once around is never enough!”
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is located at 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, visit our web site: www.carrouselmuseum.org or contact us at 716-693-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.