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Letter: We should move museum to Canalside near carousel

We should move museum to Canalside near carousel

As of now, there isn’t a single, authentic, turn-of-the-century exhibit at Canalside, just concrete, cobblestones and food carts. No blacksmith shop, no general store and no 19th century tavern.

Bravo to Canalside for finding and bringing our historic wooden carousel downtown.

The fancy wooden carousel meticulously hand carved in Western New York and hidden away for 50 years is bringing change and a little bit of authenticity to Canalside. The Herschel Carrousel Museum hopes the carousel downtown will help visitors find its museum tucked away in North Tonawanda. The Carrousel Museum, a Western New York treasure, has languished in North Tonawanda, hanging on for almost a century. Of the 148 antique, hand-carved wooden carousels still in existence in the United States and Canada, 71 were carved there.

Let’s reunite the place the carousel was carved with this amazing new exhibit at Canalside. Think about the coverage the Carrousel Museum would get slowly moving down Delaware Avenue toward downtown. The museum would be transformed, with hundreds of thousands of new visitors, instead of the handful that see it now.

A simple revenue-sharing arrangement could provide the museum with an exponentially larger revenue stream. Combining the best-ever carousel alongside the living museum that carved it would create a truly world-class exhibit.

Anyone spending time at Fort Niagara or Colonial Williamsburg will tell you it’s the authentic experience and being transported back into time that is really exciting. Let’s start planning this now for the summer of 2018.

Rich Levy

Director, give2gether


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