"What's your pleasure? Fly fishing, antique cars, cheese? There's a museum for that. Celebrate the 'Wow Factor' of such offbeat gems as Lucille Ball's gold Mercedes (Lucy Desi Museum), Jell-O ads by Maxfield Parrish (Jell-O Museum), a well-endowed mummy (Museum of Oddities), or the Kazoo Museum's DIY shop. This ebullient guide should launch countless day trips; an ode to a museum swept under by Hurricane Irene reminds us there's no time like now."—Chronogram
"Who knew there was a Kazoo Museum in Eden, or the D.I.R.T. (Driver’s Independent Race Tracks) museum in Cayuga County? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the American Museum of Cutlery in Cattaraugus or the Trolly Museum in Kingston. Find out more about these repositories and many others in Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures. The author highlights the 'wow factor of each site and gives suggestions on how to make the most of a visit."—Poststar.com
"Armchair travelers will be tempted to go for a weekend getaway after reading this guide. Historians will be surprised by how many pasts modernity and suburbanization have buried. Everyone else will learn enough trivia to win any pub contest. . . . Tourists accustomed to the clinical descriptions will savor the heartfelt authenticity of Chuck D’Imperio’s exploration of Upstate New York’s Museums. This is a personal journey he has met with the directors of each museum and his descriptions reflect a deep respect and admiration for the significance of each spot, whether they display the important or the irreverent."—Scene and Heard magazine
Unknown Museums of Upstate New York is an informative and entertaining guide to the rich resources available at fifty small, often overlooked, regional museums. Even those familiar with the upstate area will likely have never visited and perhaps never heard of some of the treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum. D’Imperio tells each museum’s story, in light of its cultural and historical relevance, and he provides a wealth of information about the museums as places of interest to visit, not just to read about.
Chuck D’Imperio is a well-known radio personality from Upstate New York and the author of several books that explore the hidden facets of his home region, including the recent Monumental New York! A Guide to 30 Iconic Memorials in Upstate New York.
6 x 9, 360 pages, 54 black and white illustrations, 1 maps