AMHERST MUSEUM

On Target with Penny Wolfgang
Sunday, April 2nd
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This is on target with any Wolfgang a program that takes an inside look at what is happening in Western New York with news features and special guests. Now here's your host penny Wolfgang. Hi everybody welcome to a target. Thank you so much for joining us today and your host penny will scanning and we look forward to talking with you in every week with Hewitt too you are really is you could say. And that different subjects and different people that we think interesting and important in. Excited who are making a difference here in western new York and I mean all of Western New York we I know you listen to us probably even in Canada depict her and if you get up this early. And down we try talk about. People in culturally then send activities in institutions. That are. Important to our way of life and to the did the culture. The culture that we have here in western new York and that makes is so special and makes is so different and it. A couple of years in a row have very good friend of mine and Susan Gorelick invited me to go with her too well one time it was holiday ET. And one time it was something called the first lady's tee. And this took place at the buffalo Niagara Herrick his village. Which had I don't know a thousand different names which I guess we'll tell us about since I started going there. And it was the most culturally. Interesting and different. Place institution that I had seen in a long time had so much history obviously with the history in the name. Of Western Europe but particularly of that. Amherst area. Involved it went well but they went all back to really the founding of the founding fathers and the dealer places in the museum that showed you how they named the streets in the subdivisions and there was a a place that told you. In the eighteen hundreds how much. Farming there was hemorrhage and coach there was. And then there was my favorite what did eggs cost and 1920. Or something like that and you had to like go through a a puzzle and guess I can't I can't explain all but. My guess we'll explain it well. So when I went the last time to be a first lady's tee which is so much fun of course who is on President's Day weekend. And Dana. I was so one year I was at the Jackie K table. And the next year and I didn't entice. Weaver I think Nancy Reagan table. And then we were greeted by a mock the Washington. In and again animist. And we heard the first year we heard the talk from Eleanor Roosevelt she had a special appearance and she tells their whole life story it was so fascinating. From childhood until. Becoming the life of the president and after. And this year as the French island this year. A Dolly Madison came and she tell us how she made her ice cream no she didn't tell us about the Daisuke Matsui told us have that down. About you know how she became the First Lady how she met her husband. And how difficult it was getting accepted into the society that time. And how she saved the painting which he saved a famous painting remembered during well my guess so tell you about OK so here in the studio with this today. Is Herbert H Schmidt the third. And mr. Schmidt has the title of executive director. What is known as the buffalo Niagara heritage village. But which a lovingly Philip was called the Amherst museum so OKMR Schmidt. Where did I go wrong. You're a dagger and it was righted here it's change it's name a familiar that you're not wrong act as the Amherst museums still lives within. The buffalo Niagara heritage village. It's a forty year old African. Of the community. And about six years ago the town of Amherst actually spotted off to become its own separate 501 C three. And since then we've been growing in and really just doubling down on everything we do as an educational institution as and museum of history. As an archives. And I like to tell people were an umbrella. And under the BN HV is the Amherst museum. Because that's really where we got her start. We're an archives. We have guild's. Like oh least skilled and weavers guild and a quilt guild and would rates guild and blacksmith and Victorian dancers. And where were community Sadr also. But it's it's really about preserving history and educating about it to cycles other wonderful history museums. Now offers simple. When it started. It was is that building there where where we went to it's there's all big ground surrounded there was a lot of land so did they build that. Forty years ago or was it there or. Using something else it's bend it in process but it has slowly grown. Within its 35 acres so we're at 35 acre living history I told you folks who was big as like allow land around it. But the unique thing is that everything was moved there. A similar to other large living history. Villages throughout the country. It back in east 1976. The bicentennial is a huge push for history and culture. And it started with. One building and soon it bloomed into eleven historic buildings. Number of pavilions and I mean museum complex which is actually one of the old expo buildings. From UB when they're doing a lot of construction in the eighties. So that's that's where we how's it. And then described. Who will Stockton when it started out as. As sort of history museum and then became what it is today Timmy just you know expanded to programs and so forth. Absolutely. I think with us beef be with the town spinning a sob to become a non profit hit it really. Sort of set us on a whole another level of growth. We realize that. We needed to build a team and and really diversified. To. Give back to the community and and and and and also become more relevant. Museums across the country are are working to. Sort of shed that old. We have a company come in and I look at things to. You know how are my five senses gonna be tickled how my going to be entertained in learn a little that. And that's where we are are going. We just completed our second annual maple weekend. Last year was almost 500 people this year was over 800 so we've doubled it and just a year and this is the time when they people get. Each like taste of maple syrup and Orlando. And we did it go yeah we produce it using two different methods. Using a I think coming ajar in about oh no no no no this is a big part of our lesson is from farm to table. And and it's it's an important lesson and that's what people can learn in our firms that. And so people came in and they they win all these different stations had a tap a treat how to cook the sap. How to make sugar in candy. Are two oxen Jack and Flynn went around to the different trees and down one of our re an actor is that collect the sap. And you could children could even go over in and learn how to make a wooden bowl from our would rates are master gardeners were there. Teaching trio AD. Even our xmas where there how hot. Teaching how to makes files in and meals and things like that it was really sort of an all inclusive. Shell hole after you had this nice big lumberjack breakfast with real maples. I can't and and this maple syrup did not come from aunt Jemima she was not there oh and I'll let her have her. Check out from taps are doing things producers didn't end there but that's that's such a good use as you pointed out music it's very hard for museums nowadays to compete. With the Internet with everybody. And you know but it using different kind forms. I've entertainment instead of really going to like he said going into the place in and participating in learning like jaish you're saying they I guess don't want to like he said just be that wanna be interactive. That's probably what you need what you have to do to get people to. Come Scott had to be very educational. For the students like to do you have that must have. Great certain activities to certain grades when they're learning the history of because not only the history of Amherst which is fans which I it's. Shocked at some of the things I learned just going to. But what. What the country is dealt with like at certain periods of time. Absolutely our our historic village focuses on the late eighteen hundreds. We are currently going through he re interpretation plan to. Look at may be getting into the 1920s causes a lot of great early farm machinery that you can use and and we are working to become all a working farm. But any given year we have about 20000 people visit us in all of that about 6000 youth cell. We are very much an educational institute. Museums have two primary charges one is to be a repository. Which is basically. Collect items and preserve them and conserve them for as long as possible. And then part two is being 888 is center for education to teach people about the history and about those artifacts. And down. Really just to inspire an end to dig in that sense of wonder and and and and make people's life that are. If he's true if you just tuned in today he enthusiastic. Enthusiastic gentleman was sitting across from me is herb Eric Schmidt. The third and he is executive director. Of the buffalo Niagara heritage village. And he is and energetically telling us about all that we can learn and seeing do. It there at the apparent village and a permanent certain permanent exhibits that. Would be there all the time and no man away and as opposed to haven't liked each couple of months you probably change according to the season like maple. Is now maybe what you just described in May be at holiday time is something else and. Absolutely we we do have several micro exhibits we called them where any month if you come in you'll see something new. Our programs. Are more seasonal. And even go to our website at that BN HV dot org and and look at what we're doing we're we're literally a year round facility now. Maple weekends Scottish festival etc. etc. and and there are small exhibit that go along with these is that programs. I would say that no museum. Wall museum strive to not have a permanent exhibit. For one. At that people eventually see it for two. Or people eventually everyone sees it I should say but for two artifacts really can't see the light of day for too long. Textiles for example about two years other items can last a bit longer depending if it's water or ceramic. We're very excited about our new exhibit vice and virtue it opened up last year. It's all about the rise and fall of probation. Very relevant story with. He's a great sense you get around here and boom absolutely no they mean because in the history. This area listen very very folk very focal point was a focal point for a lot of what are you calling in assets to be running of their runners that we ultimately nagging leg and is trying to figure out what we we like to say they were really is making Madison. Really big here. I don't know version because Canada was involved to write a Paul. Well that's a great seventy million proceedings at the though it is and it's a fun story because you think of buffalo I don't wanna get into about brewing. Historic cash and it's so easy. We have over 32 breweries. In the greater buffalo area or just within city limits and and for us to sort of re explore that learn our roots it helps us to well get into the next generation of that story ends. And there's breweries and distillery is popping up everywhere as it is something very pop current subject. Going back to something that was in history and historical and then relating it to modern times is just amazing. So that must be very popular what I was talking about. I think it's there all the time first of all our maps or geography showing. You have to explain Chris I'm just now landing but something about Powell. Am hers Steve Bell like from the different grew transfer land transfers and things like that it's a big map I think. Yes. When you like into the museum. You will are our main exhibit. Is what we call it's about a case study in the case studies Amherst. That this story line is threefold at our museum the rises suburban may is Asian. He's a really interesting story when you think of yes Amherst was. Obviously native Americans first it was forest land and swamps and then later developed. And farms and now it's one of the largest towns in New York State. So it's really interesting story. Am the other major storyline as early agriculture and that's where our historic village comes alive. And part three is the Erie Canal. Where we're at. We're striving to be that story. And to help people understand better what happened between canal side. And the tunnel Wanda isn't block port. Along the canal. Because literally concede kanell outside of our front doors kind of want a creek in the Erie Canal. And down it's a neat story that we're continuing to explore. You also mentioned about. You know some other permanent exhibits. Our radio room. It's all about early communication and is sitting here looking at WB EN 9:30 AM on the microphone right in front of me. And then there's so many famous. I can't use and and in communication that started right here in buffalo can I rattle off any of them we know enough. Tell my head again I'd eat it everyday. We have. You can do that Jim seventy here and that knows we have some mean in the very familiar with. All the history of the radio station when my guys had time we had him on the shelf once. Already anywhere it's here we'll think of it well howdy duty for example right has that we know buffalo. So it's it's yeah we have a gradient and greet them greatly industry and here listening and you definitely definitely. And what about the one time always fancied I. Where you try guest house something what something costs Cinderella like. The eighteen hundreds of nineteen hundreds and then they show what it will be now. Like eggs or milk or some common thing. Can you try to guess thank you always guess wrong vision twelve mile winners here interactive absolutely when you're interactive exhibits make it yet and. It's the story of inflation in and really we're we're trying to put you back in time. One of our tag line this is just unplug and re connect. We might get a you know put the cell phones down a little bit and come out and and learn about some other technology. And then the picked itself up connect tore Wi-Fi and and and maybe connect a little bit more when you there yes absolutely. We have a street shops. And they know what guys talk met fans love that that's what I shot eating my middle name you know absolutely. We have a pharmacy in a general store and we have a child size street shops American Al room. So a lot of families will will bring the kids sometimes monthly and the kids all around play and that and our reproduction canal boat and in our little street shops and it's. It's a fun time when the weather's nice right outside legacy and at 35 acres come and bring a lunch and enjoy. And you do use which I think is really important you do you receive 358 is we seems to me like 35 million it's a case that is for me to prison well I've never gone there when I haven't gotten lost a no matter what route they take. I can't lost because it's in the it's in the middle of nowhere sorry in my has been out for us to say that but anyway once you know how to get there it's okay back. There's a lot of linked it there as you just pointed at. And there are I think it's fun that you have found ways to use. So that's dead depending on the time of year only around you there activities that take place on the grounds. And it's a. We're gonna be doing more with with the growth of our firms that we knew about three years ago we needed it creates some sizzle and and really it started with taking a a historic village from buildings you just walk and you look at two. That program the living history in affirms that does that people love animals. So we started with Jack in Flinn they're working team so like I say they pull carts they might plow someday they're teenagers right now so there are still learning. If we have chickens. So to be producing your own eggs not for sale yet because that the staff and volunteers. Make use of them. We're also working to be self sufficient where were planning crops. We've planted our early were planning corn we've had a pumpkin patch. We hope to be getting oh hole a you are great signs soon. We're gonna plant tobacco we're gonna plan to just for demonstration purposes but we're gonna plan hops. So really when we talk about farm to table. And the other great story is firmed up foam not going back to two beard too much but. You know when you're drinking their great drew made in a local brewery Dina how it got there you know where the Barley came from. Tit to make the mall to do you know where the cops came from and what regional Wyatt has a flavor and and these are some stories that we're going to be getting into much more. They don't they actually. Probably shock people with what a great agricultural area. This was and really still is an owner of the people people are really aware of that. When you think it near stage and late eighteen hundreds it was basically clear cut. What was New York State but it breadbasket it was. It's from buffalo to New York farms. And so much and his grown back in and it's it's really. With. Oh with the state government's mandate that he quit the next thirty years. 90% of local ingredients or or ingredients for brewing and other agriculture uses have to come from the state senior ex date is almost re exploring. That the flavors that term are. From the grapes from the Barley from hops. And and it's an exciting tack really. And we see yourself as part of that. In you mentioned generating the effect of the Erie Canal and they relationship between. The Erie Canal and to development. And down on development doha and I can't think the rise and fall. Of this area as it relates to the Erie Canal and then I never think of it in relation to Amherst because now we're always thinking about canal side. But there that's part of the story as well. Absolutely. Well just the rise of suburbia. That they had the first and second ring outside of the city. Is huge. And and so much has happened but yet started it started. Bit of a large part with buffalo. Started the end of the Erie Canal I believe that's up for debate but I think that historians might say differently. And in buffalo and almost rival New York City for an attack with the growth and and and the a bit of it I gave way to to the west. And and and look what Amber's has become it is literally is one of the largest towns but. As a strength and greater region from buffalo to Rochester. Think of what this region is is doing nowadays and it's it's up and coming. Again you go into the industrialization you do show Hattie industrialization. That. Club change everything and what happened to the Erie Canal when they weren't being able to when they. Soon as they came up with whatever they did so who are using ear canal in our outlook did. Eisenhower interstate system mom among other things. But yet we do talk about theory can Allan what it did and and and recently won it continues to do as far as the economic generation from. The Erie Canal and and that that whole corridor. You drive along the ninety's you see these new poll Watson in and you see. Restaurant restore to locks and other interpretive centers and its. Erie Canal still has. Impact. So there's some events now that now that we are gonna have good weather and everything is. Flu being and we're finally getting losing all of us dirty snow this left over and everything is clicking green in wonderful. I hope. There's certain events inside and outside only to bring. In the summer rain or shine year round there is something going on. Some things to look forward to we do have our open house and judge has might cheat sheet here rob thank you so act. Has it but our open house it's our community report. And out the entire facility is open. That's coming up may eleventh. We will be having an exhibit opening Thursday may eighteenth something borrowed something blue weddings fashions 18100 to 2000. I love it when you go there and a ladies. Some dedicated volunteers we should give them definitely give them. A shout out and they institute they have dances that are reflective of the times they have costumed as. And they give tourists. And girl volunteers I think docents. We BR and oceans and volunteers. And nonprofits. Survive with their volunteers. And just to put a shout out to the world we all need more volunteers. And that whether he's gone sell tickets or sling beard. Or put on a costume and we need dose of these he'd be having some expand when when you go I'll see him. Just after the colonial past scandal and women the right there ready to homer and the dances and he did square dances tens. Well. Who announced he sets great interest. It was about and the shot tissue and yet Ryland entertaining all nice and Rafe had. And really you know I think it's it's fun and. How do we EP you know it's not all about just. Do going other plays I think to enjoy life and and really of the quality of life it's. It's going to museums in and and theaters and and and and and just enjoying yourself word trail head now. I tell people you know come park in our parking lot and get on this beautiful trails system and hike from here to the New York City if you want. It would next summer will be connected to unlock court. Bring it kayak he can jump and tunnel under creek. I know if you're a member cumin and use her restrooms or realigned she can enjoy our facilities. Membership does is barely twenty bucks for an individual's cell. We need the community and we wanna do more to support the communities sell. Don't be a stranger if you haven't been there are neck and a month or two you've already met some. And it could set these happening earlier around which you already pointed out. How do well I already said hello hi know who is to keep soup but now with as few teller and how really easy it is to get a tip. Well we are between Niagara and Erie counties were right in the middle. Were right off transit road tunnel on a creek ran off the Miller sport you Rhode. Just a little ways Oslo of Niagara Falls boulevard. Did the directions are on the website or call an end and we'll. Get Qian met them lately happen from time that you mention that secret that's the secret that's something called new roads and that's where Hector always make the turn to chief collateral dependent we are coming from. So you have a website in this website regularly information that down absolutely and you for you I think where I figure in time to tell him when they can come to Kentucky Derby lunged to right. Oh yes we have and many of our board and I definitely is different the annual arms or the Kentucky Derby line chin. Yes men can come to and Wear a funny had to or are nice hat top hat it's okay. But that is usually Levys had competition. Among. Other things. We pride German summer fest back that's it beginning of June. Pioneer day camp school the civil war soldier in civil war weekend still big buffalo Niagara Scottish festival. August 19 or twentieth. Two days over 4000 people. And you know that's so interesting that you thought of that because when you think the history of this ethnic history everybody always thinks polish Irish. Italian but can't really think it is this as many people Scottish descent as there are consumer bunch he's got the big. Five the largest by far as the German Americans followed by the polish detailing the Irish water order and Asher. But you know what it is traveling and they're all equal letter followed Larry. That added that if they. That's the beauty of questioning your cell I mean it is let me tell the customs I have for going for ending it came to Saint Patrick's Day. We've entire Lazio is a dinner. And new for us in many years is is a Robert Burns night we're bringing Beckett said a January event. So I think that's what people of west junior is the amount of culture. And if they wanna learn more about it and take play that part Mitt. And support a very important cultural institutions and we expect to see you all becoming members and taking part in some of these activities that would talked about today. Of the buffalo Niagara heritage village believe me you'll just love it. So thanks so much for joining us today is some and we'll see soon and thanks for listening everybody touching next week but I. You've been listening to one target with penny Wolfgang. A program that takes an inside look at Western New York in our community. If you have any comments or suggestions. Please write depending Wolfgang it's 500 corporate parkway suite 200 Amherst New York. 114 to six.
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