Why Did Marlene Leave?* Marlene's Bio

C. Gordon arrested, then Jailed for a number of felonies

Marlene inducted into Seneca Falls Woman's Hall Fame

View Event where Executive Director Brown honored as

Executive Director Emeritus / DA's Report / Judge's Report /

/ YWCA Award / Assemblyman Brindisi's Citation / Sen. Griffo's Proclamation

Marlene Brown & Earl Lewis Community Foundation CM Endowment Fund

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History: CM Who /Where * Exec. Dir Emeritus * History * Board OD Opinion Article

Growth: Our Growth * Bldg Pix * Economic Statement * Mayor's Gala * Exhibits

Articles: 2002 MVBJ article * 2003 OD * 11-06 OD * 7-09 OD * 10-09 OD * Newsweek

Letters: Assemblyman Brindisi ltr * Congressman Hanna ltr* Assembly Tenney ltr

Marlene & Earl had not only been marketing to bring in more groups, they had been aragetting grants or donations eoch year (all of which Marllene wrote) to work on

Marlene & Earl had not only been marketing to bring in more groups, they had been working on securing grants or donations each year (all of which Marlene wrote), they had been working on updating various Codes in the building, & had accomplished the following:1 , w

In 2001, Marlene was 1 of 20 recipients who was awarded the 1st CNY Outstanding Women in Business Awards;
in 2002: we cleaned up & opened our 4th floor (which was then adopted by NASA and the Office of Science - with the help of Congressman Sherry Boehlert);
in 2003: we installed new Heating & Air Conditioning on most floors;
in 2004: we added a new oak front door and updated the front entranceway (thanks to the GE Elfun’s help);
in 2005: we installed new energy-efficient windows throughout (thanks to grants from Senator Ray Meier, Nimo Foundation & Community Foundation) & Marlene was one of 20 recipients awarded the 1st Mohawk Valley Outstanding Women in Business Awards;
in 2006: we finished the Sidewalk Renovation & cut the ribbon on our Commemorative Brick Sidewalk;
in 2007 Marlene & Earl finished the work that needed to be done & Marlene completed the extensive paperwork necessary to have
our building declared a NYS & Federal Historic Bldg. (in historic Baggs Square East);
in 2008 we installed new energy efficient electrical lighting throughout the building + installed new roof signs;
in 2009 we installed an LED Play Dance floor on the 2nd floor plus Touch Screen History Quizzes & a donated interactive train on the 3rd floor;
in 2010, we redid our leaking roof (going from 25 lbs psf to 5 lbs psf), & setup a beautiful donated ceramic village & timed musical light show;
in 2011, under the guidance of Earl Lewis & several volunteers, we setup an amazing interactive train exhibit on the 4th floor (the numerous trains & other train paraphenalia were left to us in a gentleman’s will); Earl did the main part of the original building of tables/setting up the trains w/help from several volunteers;
we also built & equipped a 4th floor Theater Room (thanks to a grant from Time Warner);
we also installed 3rd floor handicapped bathrooms (thanks to a grant from The Community Foundation);
in 2011, Marlene was chosen YWCA’s Outstanding Woman Leader in Communication
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In 2012
, we installed a Wind Turbine on our roof to demonstrate energy efficient possibilities; we also opened a Space/Energy exhibit to highlight the latest Space Endeavors (with many of Marlene’s personal exhibits) & added to our popular Living Science Room (containing fish, gerbils, Hank the Snake, a live Beehive & butterfly metamorphosis video – done by one of Marlene’s grandsons);

In 2013, the museum was chosen Co-Recipient of the Mayor’s Ball & was also chosen recipient of the area Landmarks Society Restoration award; In 2013, Marlene was inducted into the prestigious Woman’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Fall;
also in 2013 our Erie Canal exhibit on the 2nd floor was enhanced with an interactive 'boat going down the canal' exhibit (thanks to the GE Elfun's);
in 2014 we tore up & replaced the entire old 2nd floor carpeting with new carpeting
(thanks to a grant from The Community Foundation); & enhanced our 2nd floor Musical Stage (containing my grandmother's piano!)
Our next project was going to be finishing our Sprinkler System.

From 2000 -2015, she was Executive Director of Children's Museum in Utica, NY, working without pay at the time to preserve and grow the organization until they got funding sufficient to pay her current & back wages.

2015 Codes Updates - contractors updated the building to meet the newest City Codes. Among updates: new Sprinkler System, new Electrical installations, New Alarm System
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2014-16 Board of Directors *

Marlene Brown was unsnimously voted by the Board at their May 12th, 2015 meeting with the Honorary Award of Executive Director Emeritus for all the work she & her partner, Earl Lewis, did to grow & update the museum.

The building the Children's Museum resides in, was built in 1892 as a dry goods company, a combined sales and warehouse facility. The Museum itself was founded in 1963 by the Junior League (originally located in various Utica buildings).

The Museum Board bought the building in 1979, and renovated it fully to the then existing code. The John C. Hieber Building was an historic commercial building located in Utica in Oneida County, New York The building is owned by the Utica Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology.

It was a work of Utica architect Frederick H. Gouge. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 by then Exec. Dir. Marlene Brown.

A 5 story, rectangular flat roofed, red brick structure, 60 ft x 100 ft, w/a random ashlar stone foundation, coordinates are: 43°6'15?N75°13'29?W. The 1979 Museum Board moved in with exhibits on the 1st & 1/2 the 2nd floors. By 2002, there were 4 floors open with 100's of interactive exhibits!

And it's not just for children, there's much to see for adults! A beautiful historic building in downtown Utica NY's historic Baggs Square East, where the City of Utica began!

Near the ancient fording place of the Mohawk River & the sites of Old Fort Schuyler and Stanwix, the museum houses the only permane

The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science and Technology
The Children's Museum of Utica, NY, a safe place to explore, learn & enjoy where there's always a rainbow!

Children's Museum declared a NYS and Federal Historic Building
Children's Museum declared a NYS and Federal Historic Building
CM building declared a NYS & Federal Building. View pix

The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science and Technology
The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, adopted by NASA & Dept. of Energy's Office of Science.

nt exhibit of the history and origins of the Mohawk Valley

Executive Director's Bio


Multi-cultural display at Children's Museum; Dir. Brown 'Live' w/WUTR meteorologist & 'live' w/WKTV

The Museum Board of Directors, Executive Director, Goals & Founders

2014-16 Children's Museum Board of Directors -

Helen Schwartz – Chair – still on board
Deborah Neil Palmer – still on board
Celia Domser, former chair – resigned - now ex-officio
William Sheerin, former Asst Treas. – resigned - now ex-officio
Brad Brown, Vice Chair - resigned
Mary Cardinale, Secretary - resigned
Suzanne Bellinger, Treasurer – resigned
Norris Ellinwood - resigned
Lou Parrotta – resigned
Mike Schreppel – resigned
Donald N. Urbanke – resigned

Former Executive Director Background:
June 2002:
The Children's Museum Board of Directors announced they had chosen Marlene B. Brown as the new Executive Director of the Children's Museum. A member of the museum board since 1999, the former Museum Board Chair, Marlene was put in charge of running the operations. She had been successfully running the operations since Oct. 2001.

A former Senior English & Psychology teacher, and Syracuse University American Management Association instructor, Marlene was founder/owner of two small companies, and author of numerous books and leadership programs. 1 of 15 in the world to have earned the combined degrees of Certified Professional Speaker & Certified Management Consultant, she traveled extensively as an internationally recognized speaker and business futurist.

In 2001 Marlene was 1 of 20 recipients awarded the 1st CNY Outstanding Women in Business Awards.
In 2005, Marlene was one of 20 recipients awarded the 1st Mohawk Valley Outstanding Women in Business Awards.
In 2007, under Marlene's continued leadership as Executive Director of the Children's Museum, the museum was declared a NYS and Federal Historic Building.
An active Rotarian, Marlene was the first District Governor from a Rotary eClub (NY1) whose earthly headquarters is the Children's Museum.
She is currently Executive Director of the Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science and Technology in Utica, NY.

In 2011, Marlene was chosen as a Arts & Communication recipient of the YWCA's Salute to Outstanding Women, who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their career paths and communities.
In 2012 we installed a Wind Turbine on our roof; opened Sustainable Energy exhibit/interactive Science Room;
was chosen by Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri & his wife Sue as one of the co-recipients of the 2012 Mayor's Benefit Gala;
were chosen as the Greater Utica Landmark Society Restoration Award;
Installed interactive Erie Canal exhibit on 2nd fl near Erie Canal exhibits,
our ED Marlene was selected 1 of 19 from CNY (1 of 2 from Oneida Co.) as WCNY “Women Who Make America” award & was honored in the Seneca Falls building.
In 2013-15: Plans underway to promote new exhibits and programs centering around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Nano-Technology. convert our deck adjoining our building into an eco-system, as part of our 50th year Anniversary!

We continued to add new interactive exhibits & renovate our historic building, to offer children & families of our Community a quality of life attraction, to offer the schools & day care providers an educational field trip resource, and to provide one of the area's finest tourist attractions. She and her husband, Earl, continue to run the museum as unpaid volunteers and appreciate the support of visitors, individuals, companies.
UPDATE: It seemed to Marlene that a couple of Board Members wanted her gone. In order to spend more time with her children & Grandchildren, May 2015 Marlene retired as Executive Director - the Board awarded her the title of Executive Director Emeritus, for her many years of service (which Earl helped her with). They're still involved as needed.


Brown inducted in Women's Hall Fame, Seneca Falls, NY

The National Women's Hall of Fame is an American institution created in 1969 by a group of people in Seneca Falls, NY, the location of the 1848 Women's Rights Convention. Home of inspiration, innovation & imagination to learn more about great American women.

 

Founders of the Children's Museum in 1963, pose at the beatiful & original oak staircase at 311 Main St., Utica are:- Melva Max, Mackie Kernan, Alice-Pender O-Shea


CM Spring 2013 Bd Mtg. - Brad Brown & Joe Ribauldo

Marlene Brown & Dan Olivadoti

Mary Cardinale Celia Domser
(below, Board doing activities at CM)

Bill Sheerin, Earl Lewis & John Stephenson


Above L to R: Celia Domser, MS, MVCC Prof Emeritu, Marlene Brown - Museum Executive Director, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, wife Erica Brindisi at CM's Board Dinner Meeting at the Yahnundasis June 2012


Board Vice Chair Brad Brown (standing) shares future museum plans with Board

L to R: Dan Olivadoti, HR & Export Specialist; Gloria Vescera -KMusic; Frank Vescera - Utica Common Council; John Nogas, NY Life Ins., Celia Domser, MS, MVCC Prof Emeritus.
 

Above L to R: Bill Sheerin - retired GE Sr. Engineering Tech; John Stephenson - GE Elfun's, his wife Madeleine Stephenson; Dan Olivadoti, Special Metals HR/Compliance


The Board gathers in the Sun Room for cocktails

 


The Board gathers in the Sun Room for meeting


Brad B getting ready to feed 'Hank the Snake'

Earl making sure trains are runnning okay

Bill S plants a flag in our Erie Canal exhibit

Central New York's only Children's Museum is permanently chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. We are passionately committed to providing a hands-on safe environment for children, families, and groups who visit. Our 4 floors of exhibits provide an enjoyable educational experience for kids from 1 to 101 to learn, experience, & create. In 2007, our building was declared a NYS & Federal historic building. We are located in the historic Main Street district of downtown Utica between majestic Union Station and Bagg's Square Memorial Park. The location, near the ancient fording place of the Mohawk River and the sites of Old Forts Schuyler and Stanwix, houses the only permanent exhibit of the history and origins of the Mohawk Valley. We receive no funding for Operations costs from the City, County, State or Federal governments, thus relying solely on Admissions and Donations. Our Surveys over the past 9 months have shown 95% marking the Strongly Agree categories and the other 5% marking the Agree category. The choices of what they see as most important to them varies amongst the choices.

Reason for Being:. The Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on public and private support. All donations are tax deductible. When the Children's Museum was founded in 1963 by the Junior League, they didn't envision the wonderful growth of the institution they began. When we opened the doors at our current location in historic Baggs Square East in 1979, the generosity of 100's of Mohawk Valley businesses, families and foundations helped make this a reality. 1,000's of children, families, schools, scouts, tourists, responded enthusiastically, becoming engaged in activities and with our hundreds of interactive exhibits in our unique historic building.

The Children's Museum builds better brighter children through enjoyable, whole body learning experiences, educational programs and creative exhibits. This mission is driven by a vision to empower children and their grown-ups to meaningfully connect with and expand their world. Our museum is a place to discover, learn, explore, play and be creative in a fun environment. Our museum is a community resource, where families, educators and community agencies come together to help each child reach his or her greatest potential. After 48 years of intensive concept development, curriculum and program planning, facilities design, and fundraising, The Children’s Museum now has four floors open with 100's of interactive exhibits, designed with an important goal in mind, combining specific learning objectives with an informal immersive learning environment that is developmentally appropriate for children.

History (researched by Marlene Brown when applying to have our museum declared an Historic Building): One of the oldest children's museum's in the country, we were organized in the October of 1963 by the Junior League. Originally called the Junior Museum of Oneida County, our museum began in the basement of the Utica Public Library. The museum consisted of one exhibit, an Iroquois Longhouse which we still exhibit. The idea of a museum for area children caught on quickly and the museum started to grow.

In October 1965, due to lack of space at the library, it moved to the former Department of Parks & Recreation Building at the Southeast corner of the Memorial Parkway and Oneida Street. In its nine year stay there, the museum developed a variety of permanent exhibits and a large range of educational programs. Interest increased steadily so that by 1974 more than 21,000 adults and children were participating. November of 1974 saw the museum move to the upstairs of the Valley View Country Club. This new location provided badly needed space for the many exhibits, storage, and gift shop. In 1975, the name of the organization was changed to Mohawk Valley Museum.

Forty years later, in July of 1979, the museum was again relocated, this time to its current location in the historic Bagg's Square area. The former John C. Heiber Dry Goods Building, at 311 Main Street, Utica, NY was purchased for $35,000 by borrowing that sum from the Oneida National Bank and Trust Company of Central New York. At this time, the name of the organization was changed to The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, and Science.

The five story brick building, constructed at the turn of the century, once drew visitors who came on the train from as far away as Albany and Syracuse to shop for dry goods. The interesting Romanesque Revival exterior remains as imposing as ever, and the charm of the period remains inside with its decoratively paneled central oak staircase, an original glass and wood paneled office, fourteen foot high ceiling sheathed in fancy pressed tin, and loft windows. For years, three of the five floors, approximately 6,000 square feet, were used for exhibit and program areas. The then leadership worked under those previous Codes.

In 2002, under the leadership of Marlene Brown, the mortgage on the building was paid off, the fourth floor was opened, and the name was changed to The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science, and Technology. One of the oldest children’s museums in the country, in 2002 The Children's Museum became the only museum in the country to be adopted by NASA – National Aeronautic & Space Administration & DOE OS – Dept. of Energy’s Office of Science). We also believe we may be one of the largest in the country.

The Museum is a hands-on learning center with emphasis on local history, the arts, environmental science, and space science. The Museum provides educational programs for local school groups, home school groups, scouts, and daycare centers throughout the three county area that we serve, as well as for groups who come in by bus and train from throughout the state. Our Educational Enrichment enhances learning for children of all ages. Teachers and others who book educational field trips are given resource materials for their students to enhance learning after the visit. With 4 floors encompassing a total of 24,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum is located in the former Hieber Dry Goods Building at 311 Main Street, Utica.

Our 100's of hands-on exhibits include: 1st Floor: Exhibits: Toddler Playspace, two level Exploration Station mall; shadow & light exhibits, life size Wooden Train, Healthy Kids Hut, Robot Room, Saturn car, hyperbolic funnel, funhouse mirrors, restrooms & changing tables, eating/drinking areas
2nd Floor: Exhibits: LED Play Dance Floor, Iroquois Long House w/Kiosk, interactive History Dioramas, Musical Stage; interactive dinosaur Dinorama, Paleontology fossil center, Clowns & Dolls, Century Toys, Trading Post, Puppet Theatre, interactive Erie Canal exhibit + artifacts.
3rd Floor: Exhibits: Living Science Center w/reptiles & insects; Train & Lego centers, Sustainable Energy, Weather Station, Radio Room, Touch Screen History computers, Truck Dig, Lionel Train; Baseball Display, Ceramic Christmas Village w/Musical Light Show; handicapped/regular bathrooms.
4th Floor: Exhibits: NASA Lunar Lander / Columbia Shuttlle, Fire, Police & Sheriff exhibits, Interactive Science exhibits, Interactive Space Scale & Flight Timeline, real Airplane to take a ride in, extensive HO & Lionel interactive train collections, Educational Theatre (available at a nominal fee for Space or STEM programs or group meetings). As there are ¼ million in exhibits on this floor, it is open: Monday, Thursday & Saturday from 10:45am-11:15am (with last admission to that floor 15 minutes before closing the floor).
Future plans: STEM Center/Planetarium etc. out back!

Read 2009 article on Brown, who was quoted in Newsweek. Read Mohawk Valley Business Journal article on Museum. * Read Utica Observer Dispatch article on Museum, "Community Treasure." .* Download museum's history flyer * Download Utica O-D history * Download Visitors Blog *

Bagg's Square Memorial Park (pictured above Right), is the home of Bagg's Tavern & Hotel, originally built as a log house in 1794 by Moses Baggs, a blacksmith and tavern keeper who kept a thriving business there. Guests included General George Washington, General Lafayette, Henry Clay, and General Grant, and other prominent people. Local author Joseph Bottini said, of the Bagg's Square Park area: “The park marks the site of the former Bagg's Hotel, a Utica landmark owned by the Proctor family and torn down during the great depression. This is where Utica began. This is the birthplace of Utica." The building on the property originally was intended to house memorabilia from the hotel, but has remained vacant most of its lifetime. The park also houses several historical markers related to Old Fort Schuyler that were moved from their original locations when state Route 5S was constructed. To top

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9-12 L to R: Dr. James Garvin, NASA's Chief Scientist, formerly Lead NASA Scientist for Mars Rover Explorations. The above photo was taken at the end of a 2 day Planetary/ Engineering workshop, plus a tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Center in Maryland, to which Utica Children's Museum Executive Director Marlene Brown & Exhibits Manager Earl Lewis were invited to attend. Dr. Garvin was in our museum in 2004 with then Congressman Sherry Boehlert to present us with the Mars Rover exhibit we still display
 


8-12 L to R: NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin with Utica Children's Museum Executive Director Marlene Brown & Exhibits Manager Earl Lewis, who were among a select group of museum leaders who were invited to attend a 2 day STEM workshop, plus a tour of NASA’s JPL Lab in Pasadena, CA, and the live viewing of the Mars Rover Curiosity landing on Mars.
Astronaut Melvin was in our Museum in 2003 with then Congressman Sherry Boehlert & NASA Administrator O'Keefe.

11-19-12 New Interactive Erie Canal exhibit unveiled at Children's Museum, built & created by the GE Elfun's, gets setup at the museum - above, L to R. Ken Driscoll, Steve Butler, Bob Dicks, John Stephenson, Bill Sheerin
 

11-23-12 L to R. - Elfun's & CM Bd Mbr John Stephenson, Exhibit Artist Alba Scott, Exhibit Builder Bob Dicks, Museum Director Marlene Brown, Elfun & CM Bd Mbr Bill Sheerin, CM then Board Chair John Nogas

The Children's Museum Internship & Volunteer Information

The Children's Museum internship and volunteer programs provide opportunities to gain valuable experience working with professional educators and children in an historically rich and diverse environment in Upstate NY.

CM Internship & Volunteers Program Objective - Provide a hands-on experience training in a children's museum with professionals.

Goals for All Interns - Gain an appreciation for the essential need to provide educational programs in history, the arts, science, and technology; Learn about the mission, programs and history of CM: Learn about the resources, operations and role of a children's museum; Learn the benefits of teamwork, cooperation and reinforce a sense of responsibility; Gain a valuable work experience for your resume. Age requirements for internships range from pre-college students to post-college.

Goals for All Volunteers - Gain an appreciation for the essential need to help out at the museum with programs, maintenance, fix-up's, monitoring of floors; Learn about the mission, programs and history of CM: Learn about the resources, operations and role of a children's museum; Contribute to the spirit of teamwork and community cooperation; Contribute via a community service project. The ages of volunteers ranges from junior high school students to senior citizens.

The opportunity to work with the museum professionals in a globally respected Children's Museum and to learn about the intricacies of all the various programs we offer and exhibits we have and the importance of what we provide to the community and to visitors both locally and around the world is what makes an internship and volunteerism at The Children's Museum a truly unique experience.

For more information about internships or volunteerism, Mail your resume with a cover letter indicating an internship interest to: The Children's Museum, 311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501

December 2002: We paid off all outstanding debts, had Grand Opening of our 4th floor Transportion Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow exhibits, and were adopted by NASA and the Office of Science, thanks to then Congressman Sherry Boehlert - the only children's museum to have this honor! 2003: The museum continued its growth and installed new Heating & Air Conditioning on most floors. 2004: The museum continued its growth, securing a new oak front door and updated front entranceway (thanks to the GE Elfun’s). 2005: We installed new energy-efficient windows throughout (thanks to grants from then NYS Senator Ray Meier, Community Foundation & Nimo Foundation). 2006: We cut the ribbon on our Commemorative Brick Sidewalk, and continued our renovations & growth.

In 2007: We were certified as a NYS & Federal Historic building. We continue to be a quality of life and tourist attraction for the City of Utica, MV, CNY. 2008- we installed new energy-efficient lighting throughout, plus two new roof signs & new chandeliers, thanks to a grant from Senator Griffo & the NYPA & donations from Color Ad & Serianni Signs & Meyda Tiffany. 2009 - we installed four new Interactive Exhibits – an LED Play Dance Floor, Touch Screen History Quizzes (thanks to The Community Foundation), and a Lionel Train Table (thanks to The GE Elfun’s). We met with City of Utica and County of Oneida officials and council/board to request a small annual donation to the museum, and will be applying for CDBG and United Way funding in January 2010. We also applied for several Stimulus Fund Recovery Projects and other grants to continue our renovation & growth.

We were chosen 1 of the 3 finalist in the Mohawk Valley's Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award in the category of NFP's with under 50 employees. 2010, we redid our leaking roof (taking it from 25 lbs psf to 5 lbs psf), setup a donated Christmas ceramic village exhibit w/musical light show, setup a donated HO train exhibit, were named 1 of 3 finalists in MV’s Business of Year NFP’s. We again applied for Federal, State, CDBG & United Way funding + County bed tax. 2011, we setup 4th fl donated interactive trains thanks to Earl Lewis & other vols; installed 3rd fl bathrooms thanks to Community Foundation grant; created Healthy Kids Hut on 1st fl thanks to Mary Cardinale; enclosed outside trains w/chain link fence for safety; equipped 4th fl Theatre thanks to Time Warner grant; put material around 4th fl train tables; Exec Dir. was named 1 of the 2011 YWCA Woman Leaders. 2012, we opened up a Kids Science Room; installed a wind turbine on our roof; an 8 year old & up child Robot Room; opened up a Sustainable Energy exhibit; and installed an interactive Erie Canal exhibit which is enhanced by our numerous Erie Canal artifacts and video. 2013 - We brought our 2nd floor dollhouse to life; & installed brand new carpets on the 2nd floor. 2014- We installed our "Older Kids Science Exploration Center" ; We also renovated our historic building, bringing it up to City Codes, making it a safer building than most in the City. 2015-17 - We hope to begin our STEM Center w/Planetarium theatre out back with Nano-tech smart boards, offices & loft apts on the other side. At the end of our Ramp, we'll install an eco-system.

STATS: We tracked visitors by Zip Codes + time they enter & leave to determine our optimal hours of operation. 98% of our visitors enter the museum between 9:15am & 11:30am, spending 1-1 ½ hours in the museum. Each year, we host in the neighborhood of 10,000 visitors. In the 3rd Q of 2010, we had 2,015 visitors come through our doors, with 20.70% from the City of Utica, 28.10% from neighboring cities & towns, and 51.20% from other states & the world – proving we are a vital community resource as a quality of life facility, an educational resource, and a tourism attraction. Thus we deserve support. www.museum4kids.net
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CM Board members present at Landmark Dinner: John Nogas, Mary Cardinale, Bill Sheerin, John Stepheson & wife, Marlene Brown, Celia Domser
Attending Landmarks Society event where President Mike Bosak presents CM the Restoration award! Above L to R: John Nogas, Mary Cardinale, Bill Sheerin, John Stephenson, his wife, CM ED Marlene Brown, Celia Domser
Children's Museum Board of Directors unveil their Sustainable Energy & NASA Mars Rover exhibits!
CM Board at unveiling of Sustainable Energy exhibit: L to R: John Stephenson, Bill Sheerin, Mary Cardinale, Gloria Vescera, Council Rep Frank Vescera, Dan Olivadito. Kneeling in front: Brad Brown. Beside Exec Dir Brown (seated), Junior Board member Samuel Butcher


L to R: Unveiling Children's Museum new Wind Turbine: OC Legislator Dave Gordon, Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri, Museum Exec. Director Marlene Brown, NYS Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Erica Brindisi with their children Lilly & Anthony Jr., Danielle Marino & sons (her husband, Joe, os on our board)

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The stunning view of the Wind Turbine on our beautiful historic building as folks are driving in from the Thruway or North Utica!


CM Bd Members in front of our beautiful oak staircase:


What the Wind Turbine looks like on the 3rd floor TV (w/wind sound!)


L to R: Unveiling Children's Museum new Wind Turbine, L. to R. Brad Brown (board member), Earl Lewis (museum volunteer exhibits mngr), Dan Olivadoti (museum board member), Congressman Richard Hanna, Councilman Frank Vescera, Museum Director Marlene Brown, Gloria Vescera (museum board member), Mary Cardinale (museum board member)

L to R: Members of Children's Museum Board of Directors watch unveiling of Children's Museum new Wind Turbine - L to R:: Mary Cardinale (UC Professor & Shaklee), Gloria Vescera (K-Music), Bill Sheerin (retired GE Sr. Engineering Lab Tech), Dan Olivadoti (R & Export Compliance Specialist at Special Metals Corp)

Mayor Rob Palmieri & wife Sue (to his left) & some of their family members + co-recipients Marlene Brown (blue jacket, CM Exec Dir) with Jerry Kraus (SS behind her)
 

First Lady Sue Palmieri (back to camera) being interviewed by WKTV, WUTR, Utica OD & Rome Sentinel


Children's Museum of Nat'l History, History, Science & Technology, at 311 Main Street in Utica NY - serving Utica, Rome, Mohawk Valley, CNY, & beyond

2013-14 Children's Museum Board of Directors at their June 2013 Annual Board Mtg Dinner: L. to R. front row kneeling: Joe Ribaudo, PhD, Physics Prof, Utica College; Mary Cardinale PhD, UC Prof/Shaklee Rep; Dan Olivadoti, H.R./Compliance, Special Metals; L. to R. back row: John Stephenson, GE Elfun’s; Bradley Brown, Sr. VP The Gemini Group (former IBM Sales/Mktg Leader); Celia Domser, MS, MVCC Prof Emeritus; Bill Sheerin, GE Sr. Engineering Tech; Marlene Brown, CM Executive Director.

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Ribbon Cutting for new 4th floor 'Connect a Million Minds Educational Theatre' courtesy of Time Warner & Rotary eClub NY1. Children's Museum Board Members in attendance: John Nogas, Brad Brown, Mary Cardinale, Peter Servello, Erica Brindisi, Gloria Vescera, Joe Marino, and Marilyn Dropkin w/Museum Director Marlene Brown & Utica Common Council Rep Frank Vescera. Thanks to media coverage by YNN TV & WIBX radio + photo taking by Museum Volunteer Earl Lewis. The room is available for meeting rental & fieldtrip programs.

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Ribbon Cutting for 1st floor 'Healthy Kids Hut' courtesy Shaklee & Mary Cardinale. Left: Back Row L to R: Children's Museum Board Members: Brad Brown, John Nogas, John Stephenson, plus guests Mr. Cardinale & Dan Williams. Front Row L to R: Marlene's grandson, Mary's grandchildren, Board Member Mary Cardinale, and Exec Dir Marlene Brown. Photo on right shows the kids quickly playing!


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Ribbon Cutting for new 3rd fl Bathroom courtesy of $25k Community Foundation grant! L to R: Children's Museum Board Members: Marilyn Dropkin; Nancy Crisino, Celia Domser, Mary Cardinale, Matt Chmielewski, Exec Dir Marlene Brown; Board Members: Brad Brown, Lorrie Arcuri (behind her, Plumbing Inspector Frank Arcuri). Front Row kneeling: Board Member Peter Servello; Jr Board member Samuel Butcher; Museum Bd Alan Pelsic, Anthony Brindisi.

Peggy O'Shea, Exec.  Director of The Community Foundation, presents check for new 3rd floor bathroom with Board & others in attendance.
July 14, 2011 The Children's Museum of History, Nat'l History (Culture), Science & Technology receives a $25,000 grant from The Community Foundation for new 3rd floor bathrooms, announced by Community Foundation's Executive Director Peggy O'Shea (at mic) & attended by Foundation Trustee Mary Lyons Bradley (to her L. in white blouse), and one of the museum founders 48 years ago, Alice Pender O'Shea, to her right in green.) Board of Directors Rob Palmieri, Alan Pelesic, John Stephenson, Lorrie Arcuri, Mary Cardinale, Celia Domser, John Nogas, Brad Brown.

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Central New York's only Children's Museum is permanently chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. We are passionately committed to providing a hands-on safe environment for children, families, and groups who visit. Our 4 floors of exhibits provide an enjoyable educational experience for kids from 1 to 101 to learn, experience, & create. In 2007, our building was declared a NYS & Federal historic building. We are located in the historic Main Street district of downtown Utica between majestic Union Station and Bagg's Square Memorial Park. The location, near the ancient fording place of the Mohawk River and the sites of Old Forts Schuyler and Stanwix, houses the only permanent exhibit of the history and origins of the Mohawk Valley. We receive no funding for Operations costs from the City, County, State or Federal governments, thus relying solely on Admissions and Donations. Our Surveys over the past 9 months have shown 95% marking the Strongly Agree categories and the other 5% marking the Agree category. The choices of what they see as most important to them varies amongst the choices. Become a corporate sponsor and help sponsor our continued growth!

History (researched by Marlene Brown when applying as an Historic Building):

The Museum hosts birthday parties in our neat Birthday Room. The Museum also hosts Corporate and Association and group meetings in our new Educational Theatre at a modest cost. The Museum is totally accessible to persons with disabilities, has a ramp and an elevator to accommodate the needs of visitors.

Is there a place for my family to eat? YES - You can bring a lunch or snack to eat in our 1st floor Kitchen/Birthday room (from 11:00am to 11:45pm, on our 1st floor bench by our museum back door, on the picnic table on the covered train platform outside our door, or (weather permitting) in the historic park outside. We have snack bags (chips etc.), soda, juice, and water available for purchase. You may also get your hand stamped and drive to a local restaurant (there are several within a mile) and return after lunch to eat in our 1st floor Kitchen/Bday room.

Outside of the Museum, there is an outdoor display of real trains, including an Engine, Dining Car & Caboose, donated to the museum and residing on museum private property. Visitors may observe the trains from our platform deck. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Museum on a Board Committee or as a Board Member, please contact the museum at 315-724-6129. View Sponsors/Supporters page

Read 2009 article on Brown, who was quoted in Newsweek. Read Mohawk Valley Business Journal article on Museum. * Read Utica Observer Dispatch article on Museum, "Community Treasure." .* Download museum's history flyer

Browse our Museum Shop for neat gifts! Left: museum's inner wall painting
Baggs Square Memorial Park, located in historic downtown Utica, NY's Bagg Square East.
Baggs Square Memorial Park (w/museum in background)

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Contact Info:
The Children's Museum
311 Main Street
Utica, NY 13511
Tel: 315-724-6129

Parking:

When you've turned off from Broad Street in Utica, onto Railroad Street, then at the next block, turned onto Main Street, you’ll be in front of our building (you can't miss the signs). Just a few hundred feet ahead on your Left, you’ll see a parking lot with a Children’s Museum Parking sign. Cars the park there during the week will not be ticketed (there's limited handicapped accessible parking along the street in front of the museum). Buses can park under the Bridge there. On Saturday's, you can park anywhere around the museum without getting ticketed.

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Children's Museum of Nat'l History, History, Science & Technology, at 311 Main Street in Utica NY - serving Utica, Rome, Mohawk Valley, CNY, & beyond
Corner of Broad & Railroad Streets, you can see our building on Main St. as you turn

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About Utica

Researched by Marlene Brown when applying as an Historic Building in 2007 - which we got!):The city of Utica, in New York State, is the county seat of Oneida County. Located in NY's Mohawk River Valley, Utica was settled by Matson and Van Zandt in October, 1836 and was known as Greene Township.

The city of Utica has undergone many transformations since Europeans first began to settle during the latter half of the 18th century. Before Anglo-Saxons came on the scene, the land was the home of the Oneida Indians, part of the Iroquois Nation. Built on land granted to William Crosby in 1734, Utica was the site of Old Fort Schuyler. English, Dutch and French settlers, realizing the potential profit of the Mohawk Valley, constructed Fort Schuyler to help control fur interests and serve as the region’s link to East Coast markets, as the Mohawk River was easiest to ford here.

Frank Woolworth opened the first of many of his 5 and 10-cent Woolworth stores on February 22, 1879 in Utica. Sparsely settled for many years, Utica did not begin to develop until after the Revolution; its real growth as a commercial and industrial center dates from the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. By the start of the 19th century, permanent houses had sprung up and work had begun on the Canal, giving Utica increased importance as a hub between eastern and western New York. The canal was responsible for the rapid growth of many towns around it.

Trains began making regular runs between Utica, Schenectady, and Albany by 1836.Prior to the Civil War, Utica established itself as the state’s textile capital, and its river banks were echoed with the sound of steam-driven looms. Although the town’s role as a textile center faded in the 1940's and 50's, when many of the larger mills relocated south, city and county leaders attracted new businesses like General Electric, Bendix, Univac, and Utica Drop Forge and Tool.

Although today’s Utica bears little resemblance to that 19th century textile town, its economy continues strong as ever. The Children's Museum (established in 1963), The Stanley Performing Arts Center, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute make Utica Oneida County’s center for arts and culture. Other tourist attractions include the Oneida County Historical Society, the Utica Zoo, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and the F.X. Matt Brewing Company's 1888 Tavern. All are located in downtown Utica, just minutes from Onieda County Airport and the NYS Thruway's Interstate 90.

The Children's Museum of History, Living History, Science & Technology
311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501

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