Adirondack Coast Free Museum Day Schedule June 1-2, 2013

For the 6th year, the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance (ACCA) and Press Republican have pulled together a free passport to 14 participating museums, cultural centers and historical societies for the first weekend in June. 

Make sure to ask about the ACCA Passport. Though this weekend offers free admission, each passport can be used to collect the necessary stamps from each venue throughout the summer. Participants must collect one stamp from each venue by September 12, 2013 in order to be eligible for prizes from Ausable Chasm, Titus Mountain, Parker Family Maple Farm and more.   

2013 Schedule of Events

War of 1812 Museum operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association

 31 Washington Rd., Plattsburgh, NY 12903
 (518) 566-1814

 Encampment and the museum will be open Saturday & Sunday,  10am -4pm.

Encampment demonstrations throughout the day include:
 ·      Canon& Musket Firing
 ·       Life of a Soldier
 ·       Soldiers Tent Display
 ·       Skirmishes
 ·       Junk on a Bunk

The museum exhibit rooms will be open to the public throughout the day:
 ·        Allan S. Everest Interpretive Center
 ·        Key Bank Fine Arts Gallery
 ·         Current Exhibit Room: Currently displaying our bicentennial exhibit “Smuggling, Soldiering, Shipyards, & Skirmishes: Prelude to the  Battle of Plattsburgh”.  This exhibit tells the story of what was happening not only in our nation, but in the  Champlain Valley for the two years preceding the Battle of Plattsburgh on  September 11, 1814. 

Special  Activities:
 ·    Visit with John Quincy Adams and learn more about the Treaty of  Ghent
 ·    Visit with Thomas McDonough and learn more about the ship the Saratoga.
·     Children can design a soldiers journal, a period flag, and make a soldiers drum.
 ·    Blacksmith Demonstration by local blacksmith, Lance Falcon.
 ·    Children can visit a variety of rabbits owned by the Valley Forge Rabbitry/Veronika Falcon. 

Champlain Valley Transportation Museum and
Kids' Station

 12 Museum Way, Plattsburgh, NY 12903
(518) 566-7575

Come by the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum during Museum Weekend and explore the transportation history of the local area! All tours for the weekend are self-guided.
**Note that not all exhibits may be open on Sunday**

New Exhibits for the 2013 Season  Include:
 •1927 Packard
 •GSM  Taxicab
 •1890 Pierce Bicycle
 •1850 Wood and Cast Iron Tricycle
 •New additions to the Train Room!

Special Events on Saturday:
 •Kids' Station Mini-Museum will be open for play along with a variety of hands on crafts and activities!
 •CVTM FIRST Lego League coach Justin  Collins will be on hand with information on the CVTM Robotics Programs and  remote controlled robots available for use along with challenges!

 151 Banker Rd. @end of Tom Miller Rd.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
 (518) 562-6887

The enormity of the Civil War is evident in  the exhibit of images, recruiting posters, and roster of over 2,000 local men enrolling through or resident of Plattsburgh from a total population of some 6,700 in 1860. The exhibit is believed to be the most accurate list of our men,  including those from the Village of Plattsburgh (the City was not formed until  later in 1902). Civil War films will be shown at 10AM and 2PM.

 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, New York
 (518) 561-0340

The Clinton County Historical Association and Museum offers two fun filled days of activities for Museum visitors during the annual Museum Days Weekend.

Saturday, June 1st from 10-4 pm features CCHA’s Civil War Day:
·   CIVIL WAR RESEARCHERS: Robert St. John and Vickie Evans will be
on site to answer your questions and to record information on your Civil War
 ·   RAFFLE: Raffle tickets will be available to purchase, $1.00
ticket or $5.00 for a book of 6. Prizes include a Civil War Quilt made by local
quilter, Vickie Evans, Gioiosa’s Basket of Cheer, Cabot Cheese Gift Pack, 150th
Civil War Commemoration Original Newspaper, CCHA’s Book “Clinton County Civil
War Soldiers, Lighthouse Tote and Books, Jeesum Crow Gift Basket and Parkers
Maple Syrup.
 ·  STAMP CANCELLATION: Commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg,
specially designed stamp cancellation will be sold for $2.00 each.
  · CIVIL WAR ERA TOOLS: Local Collector, Larry Bosley and Town of
Chazy Historian, Bob Cheeseman will be displaying and demonstrating a collection
of Civil War era tools.
 ·  CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Join in a game of croquet or rounders,
outside from 10-1 pm.
Sunday, June 2nd 10-4pm
Enjoy self-guided tours of the museum.  Everyday features include:

EXHIBITIONS: The museum features 3 floors  of exhibit space with 8 galleries and display areas. Our newest exhibit is Peru’s Busy Past, co-curated by the Town of Peru Historians, Ron and Carol
Allen. The Museum also features exhibits on the Civil War, Famous Clinton County Pioneers’, Fashions, Musical Instruments, Artwork, Valcour Light House, Tourism and much more.

RESEARCH LIBRARY: Schedule an appointment to research that one topic you been interested in for years. Our library and subject files feature over 1,000 easy to access, books, documents and photographs.

BOOKSTORE: Our bookstore features more than 300 local history books.

COLLECTION ACQUISITIONS: Ask our staff  about our acquisitions procedures. Our permanent collection includes over 10,000 textiles, documents, photographs, paintings, advertisements, scrapbooks,  glassware, antiques and other Clinton County memorabilia. If you have a piece of Clinton County history that you would like preserved for future generations, our Director and Staff are trained in archival and preservation methods.

Other Special Guests: Town of Peru Historians will be at CCHA both days to accompany our newest exhibit Peru’s
Busy Past and will be available to answer your questions about the history of Peru.

The Alice T. Miner Museum
 9618 Route 9, Chazy, NY

Guided tours of The Alice start at 10:00am, noon and 2:00pm. Our current exhibits are ‘Lincoln and the Civil War’ including objects that once belonged to Lincoln, documents signed by our 16th President and other Civil War objects all exhibited in the beautifully redecorated Lincoln Library and ‘Country Doctor’ about George Clark and the Clark family of Chazy, NY. Guided tours both Saturday and Sunday.

Plattsburgh State Art Museum
SUNY Plattsburgh
Myers Fine Arts Building
 101 Broad Street
 Plattsburgh, NY 12901

June 1st & 2nd
 Museum Day Activities:
 ·   Crafts, coloring, and Hands-on activities
 ·   Drop-in Tours (Monumental Sculpture, Selected works by Rockwell Kent, Nina Winkel)
 ·   Movie Screening

 Note: The Rockwell Kent Gallery will be closed for the summer due to construction. Please join us in Burke Gallery to view a selection of Rockwell Kent’s work.

Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum
 Opening Weekend: 2013

Saturday, June 1  10am till 4pm: Author Larry Gooley and Jill Jones of "Bloated Toe Publishing" will do book signings throughout the day. Many of their books on local history will be available for sale.

 1pm. Ken and Alan Davies will be giving a talk on the life of their ancestor, Ralph Davies. Ralph was the stationmaster at the D&H Station at Lyon Mountain for fifty years.

Sunday,  June 2
 10am till 4pm: Bob Garrow, author of the "Only Game in Town", will be present to "Talk Baseball" and to sign his books.

The Museum will be opening a new exhibit entitled, "Sports in the Mountains". On display will be a large collection of  sport photos and memorabilia including the bobsled, "Iron Shoes".

North Star Underground Railroad Museum
June 1 & 2 – Celebrations include historical re-enactors and Mini-Bus Tours of Underground Railroad sites in Keeseville and Peru.  Museum tours are free and the museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm each day, located at 1131 Mace Chasm Rd., Ausable Chasm, NY 12911. The bus tour ($10 per person) boards at 9:30 am sharp  from the museum and runs to 11:30 both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Reservations for bus tour required.  Call 518-834-5180 or email Tour leaders are members of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association. 
June  1 – The Civil War in Northern New York.   New York State Historian Robert Weible will speak on the Civil War in northern New York, including the role of  abolitionists.  Mr. Weible will also highlight the NYS Museum Civil War Exhibit, which features the crucial abolitionist role leading up to the Civil War, in the North Country and  elsewhere. 7:00 pm, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, 1745 Main St., Keeseville.  A New York State Path Through History Weekend event sponsored by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Society, the Essex County Historical Society, and the Clinton County Historical Association. Free and open to the public.  Call  518-834-5180 for more information. Reservations suggested.

Anderson Falls Heritage Society
 June 1& 2 – Visit the newly opened museum at the Anderson Falls Heritage Society on 98
Clinton St., Keeseville, NY.  Exhibits exploring the history of Keeseville, Ausable Chasm, Port Kent,
  Port Douglas and the surrounding area.  Open from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. 
Your hosts are members of AFHS.

 Town  Hall, 997 Mason St (from Rte. 22B west of Morrisonville bridge - 0.5 mi south on Mason St)
 ·  Photos, documents and displays about  Morrisonville, Woods Mills, and Schuyler Falls Town
 ·  Civil  War Names – Residents who Served, Mustered In or are Buried in Schuyler Falls
 ·  The Good Old School Days in Schuyler Falls – Display includes Morrisonville High School memorabilia
 ·  Author!  Author! – Books by current Schuyler Falls residents on display
 ·   Do you have photos /documents / stories about Schuyler Falls? Bring them in to share!

 40 Emmons St. (Civic Center), Dannemora, NY
(518) 492-4142

 Saturday, June 1st - 10 AM to 4 PM (Closed Sunday June 2)
·   Extensive library holdings related to families in Clinton County, other Northern New York
counties,   French-Canadian ancestors, and many other locales and genealogical societies.
 ·  Open  Wednesdays and Saturdays 11 AM to 4 PM year-round (and by appt).
 ·  Librarian assistance available – start add to your family tree!
 ·  Books,  cemetery and church records, on-line computer and microfilm access.

Imaginarium Children's Museum
4709 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh NY 12901

Museum Days
Discover that learning can be fun! Come and  explore the Imaginarium Children's Museum exhibits and STEM lab during museum  days! We offer something for all ages, from crawler to adolescent, and during  museum days we will have an Usborne book fair both days. Museum days are a great day to find out what we are about, and what we are planning to be in the future!

Kent-Delord House Museum
17 Cumberland Avenue
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 561-1035

The museum, grounds, and  gardens of the Kent-Delord House will be open both days. The museum will be hosting an open house to view the interior and our irreplaceable artifacts, while also featuring the new 2013 Exhibit: “Husband- Preacher-Inventor- Patriot.” The exhibit explores Frank Hall’s life during the Civil War as a chaplain, and also his philanthropic contributions to Clinton County.  There will be historic kid’s games in the yard (weather permitting)and make your own Medal of Honor like Frank Hall’s for children in the Carriage Barn.

Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit
1034 Miner Farm Road, Chazy, NY
(518) 846-7121
Contact Rachel at for more info.

Come learn about William and Alice Miner and their farm at Miner Institute’s Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit. The Heritage Exhibit includes railroad gear and patents designed by William Miner, a diorama and artifacts from Heart’s Delight Farm, and beautifully restored photographs and informative panels outlining the many contributions this wealthy couple bestowed on the region. The Coach House features vehicles once used on the farm. The exhibit itself is housed in the original storehouse which was built in 1905.  A new exhibit for the 2013 season highlights the philanthropies of William and Alice Miner. 
North Country Cultural Center for the Arts/Strand Theatre 23 Brinkerhoff Street
 Plattsburgh, NY 12901
 (518) 563-1604

 Saturday 10-4pm, Sunday 12-3pm

Art Quilt Exhibition on display and quilt themed activity for kids and parents in the Main Gallery. Periodic tours of Arts  Center, including Clay Studio, and Strand Theatre throughout the day on Saturday.

Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum
250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972

On-going through-out the Museum Days weekend:
Stagecoach Rides, Hay Fork Demonstrations, Corn Shelling & Grinding
Visit our NEW Petting Zoo,  Children's games,  Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, plus more!

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Schooner
“Lois McClure”

Wilcox Dock, Cumberland Ave.
 Plattsburgh, NY 12901
The schooner Lois McClure is a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, constructed in Burlington, Vermont.  Stop down to Wilcox Dock and pay her a visit during Museum Days Weekend.

  © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.


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