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Cayuga Museum Partnering with Libraries to Provide Mobile Programming

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The Cayuga Museum is hitting the road this summer.

Haley Boothe, a curator at the museum, told Finger Lakes News Radio that the newly launched Mobile Museum program will see the Cayuga Museum of History and Art & Case Research Lab visit libraries throughout Cayuga County and the surrounding area, bringing educational and entertaining programming to children who otherwise may not be able to experience the museum in Auburn.

“We’ve put together this program to bring a lot of our hands-on activities that we do during field trips and summer camps out into the county to kids who aren’t able to come visit the museum,” said Boothe.

Activities are designed for schoolchildren 12 and under and include making thaumatropes, cup phones, and circuit boards.

As the museum has temporarily moved from its normal location at the Willard-Case Mansion to downtown Auburn while work is underway on the West End Arts Campus, the Case Research Lab is closed for tours. Boothe added that the mobile museum and accompanying activities will help promote the lab’s legacy as the birthplace of sound film while the lab is closed.

“There was a big drive for us to have that accessibility and allow the kids to still explore the history of the museum and these great scientific achievements that happened in the lab,” Boothe continued.

The mobile museum will be at the following locations:

  • June 27 – Port Byron Library 3:00-4:00p (thaumatropes)
  • July 16 – Skaneateles Library 10:00-11:00a (cup phones), 11:30a-12:30p (thaumatropes)
  • July 18 – Skaneateles Library 2:00-3:00p (circuit boards)
  • July 30 – Port Byron Library 12:00-1:00p (cup phones)
  • August 1 – Fair Haven Library 1:00-2:00p (thaumatropes), 2:00-3:00p (cup phones)
  • August 6 – Hazard Library 10:00-11:00a (thaumatropes)
  • August 21 – Fair Haven Library 2:00-3:00p (circuit boards)

This summer’s program will act as a pilot program. If this proves successful, the museum will consider continuing it.

All programs taking place in Cayuga County were funded in part by a grant from the Cayuga County Youth Bureau.

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