Glens Falls & Mexico with Maury Thompson

GLENS FALLS & MEXICO

“HISTORICAL WARREN COUNTY CONNECTIONS WITH MEXICO”

A Lecture with Maury Thompson

 

Wine • Refreshments by Samantha’s Café • Art Reception • Live Music • Historical Talk

Friday, November 3

5-7 p.m.

World Awareness Children’s Museum, 89 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801

$25 per person, $40 couple

An event for adults. Seating is limited.

RSVP: 798-2773 x305 or director@worldchildrensmuseum.org

www.worldchildrensmuseum.org

 

Join us as we observe Dia de los Muertos with an evening of wine, music, and a pop-up display of Mexican art and artifacts from our collection!

The main feature event of this evening is a talk by celebrated local writer and historian Maury Thompson on the historical connections between Warren County and Mexico.

 

The talk will include information about local artist Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, who lived seven years in Mexico in the early 1900s and worked as a translator for the Mexican president; local construction contractor Joseph “J”J” Fredella, who came to the aid of 22 Mexican laborers stranded in the Adirondacks in 1923; local National Guardsmen deployed to the Mexican border in 1916; and diplomatic and humanitarian actions of Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, among other historical anecdotes.

Also, be sure to see our Dia de los Muertos cemetery and ofrenda installation, in place just for this weekend!

 

About Maury: 

Local writer and historian Maury Thompson has been quoted in The New York Times as an expert on the Glens Falls economy, in ELLE magazine as an expert on regional politics, and on the British sweater fashion blog Celtic-sheepskin as an expert on the luxurious feel of cashmere.

But he is best known around Glens Falls as The Post-Star reporter who walked his beat for 21 years.

He retired from The Post-Star in September to pursue an “encore career“ as a historian of politics, labor organizing and media in New York‘s North Country.

His new book “’The Animated Feather Duster’ (And Other Slow Newsday Tales of the Legendary Facial Hair of Charles Evans Hughes)” is expected to be released in Spring 2018.

Portions of tonight’s talk will be included in another upcoming book, “History in The Hyde Neighborhood: The Storyteller’s Guide to Warren and Center Streets, expected to be released in spring 2019.

Thompson’s first book, “The Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival: The Walter Grishkot Story,” was released in September 2011.

He has donated a dozen copies of the book to World Awareness Children’s Museum to distribute this evening, on a first-come, first-served basis, for a donation of any amount to the museum.

Thompson writes “Warren County Watch,” a column about economic development, business and quality of life in Warren County, published twice a month on the EDC Warren County web site.

Thompson graduated in 1992 from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Buy Your WACM Dios de los Muertos T-Shirt Now!

The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos is coming soon and The World Awareness Children’s Museum invites you to our weekend-long celebration from Thursday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 5th with a number of themed workshops, presentations and activities!
We want you to be sure to celebrate in style with a beautiful, customized WACM t-shirt! A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to benefit the Museum! Use the link below to purchase your shirt today!
Here’s a summary of the events!
On Thursday, November 2nd during normal museum hours, our ofrenda will be open and on display!
On Friday, November 3rd, we will be hosting local historian Maury Thompson for a catered event where he will give a presentation on the ties between Glens Falls and Mexico. Also featured will be a pop-up gallery of Museum artifacts related to Mexico and Dia de los Muertos.
On Saturday, November 4th, in addition to be open for normal museum hours, we will have a workshop focused on honoring our ancestors.
On Sunday, November 5th, we will have a day of activities, face painting, and a Mexican food truck to finish out our weekend of celebration!
Stay tuned for more detailed information about the events, and don’t forget to buy your T-Shirt! 

Free Family Series at the 2017 Adirondack Film Festival

Did you know that Glens Falls has it’s very own film festival? That’s right! Back for its second year, the Adirondack Film Festival is bringing new films to downtown Glens Falls, and will once more be presenting its FREE FAMILY SERIES – thirteen films for children from all around the globe. Come and see these new films at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 21st at the Crandall Public Library. Call (518) 798-7479 or Visit www.adirondackfilmfestival.com for more information or to buy tickets! Hope to see you there!

 

Here’s a list of the short films featured in this year’s Free Family Series!

THE PITS

Mike Hayhurst

USA; 3 min

We know it’s not always easy being green–but it all works out in this charming quest for a perfect match.

 

THE POCKET MAN

Ana Chubinidze

France; Switzerland; Germany; 7 min

Good things come in all sizes and packages. Especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds.

 


MR. NIGHT HAS A DAY OFF

Ignas Meilunas

Lithuania; 2 min

Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.

 

STONE SOUP

Clementine Robach

France; Belgium; 7 min

Times are tough in one little town: first no food, now no electricity. Eventually, the transformative power of community nourishes all in more ways than one.

 

YOU LOOK SCARY

Xiya Lan

USA; 4 min

Sometimes we amplify our fears. Usually, they’re not so bad at all.

 

SPIDER WEB

Natalia Chernysheva

Russia; 4 min

Anyone can get caught in a bind, but working together means weaving new webs of strength in one spider’s dilemma.

 

WATER PATH FOR A FISH

Mercedes Marro

Spain; Colombia; France; 8 min

Oscar rescues a goldfish from the clutches of hungry cats, but with the drought, has trouble caring for it. When the faucets turn on, the challenge truly begins.

 

SPRING JAM

Ned Wenlock

New Zealand; 6 min

Lone Stag lacks a certain something in the antlers department: the antlers. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?

 

KONIGIRI KUN: SHOPPING

Mari Miyazawa

Japan; 5 min

Konigiri Kun, a curious rice ball with a penchant for shopping, goes out to market and is tempted all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.

 

CROCODILE

Julia Ocker

Germany; 4 min

A relaxing evening on the couch turns into a noshing nuisance for one peckish croc.

 

TIGER

Kariem Saleh

Germany; 4 min

A little tiger, happy but hungry, devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.

 

A HOLE

Maribel Suarez

Mexico; 5 min

A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. Her efforts go unnoticed—until they finally take root.

 

THE BIRDIE

Yekaterina Filippova

Russia; 3 min

Once a birdie met a hippo. Teaming up makes everything easier.

 

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The Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, NY is the only film festival in the country operated by a prominent professional theatre company – the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Because AFF spans the gap of theatre and film, it has the ability to offer a unique vantage point for a film festival as it embraces the similarities and differences in storytelling and the process from page to stage to screen. The festival features panel discussions, a free family series, exciting special events, and 75+ films all taking place on 7 screens in downtown Glens Falls. Sharing its slogan with the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region dedicated to new plays – the Adirondack Film Festival is a place where audiences can always expect to SEE SOMETHING NEW.

Dine to Donate with Cooper’s Cave

Dine to donate this Wednesday, September 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cooper’s Cave Ale Company! Tell your server you are there to benefit World Awareness Children’s Museum and 15% of your check will be donated to the Museum.

 

Back to School Season at go!

We will be closing from September 6th to the 27th for our annual cleaning. Upon re-opening, fall hours will be Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM – 5 PM.

“We have had a busy summer season,” says Interim Director Kate Austin-Avon. Our new Hola, Mexico! exhibit was the highlight of the summer and we have seen many children enjoy playing in the farm and kitchen. We hosted Mexico themed workshops nearly every day we were open, and were able to waive workshop fees in August, courtesy of the Cohoes Savings Foundation.”

“Our most exciting event this summer was a Meet the Musicians event in partnership with The Sembrich in Bolton
Landing, bringing world-class Mexican ensemble The Villalobos Brothers on August 19th for an upbeat, exclusive performance that drew in new visitors to the Museum! The brothers’ mother joined us all the way from Mexico and it was quite the honor
to host the intimate gathering.”

The Museum is also looking for volunteers to help with our Bounce House Village at this year’s annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. There are many shifts available and we greatly appreciate the help! Please sign up online here.

August 2017 Workshops are Free!

THE COHOES SAVINGS FOUNDATION SPONSORS FREE AUGUST WORKSHOPS AT WORLD AWARENESS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

We are waiving all workshop fees for the entire month of August due to the generous sponsorship of the Cohoes Savings Foundation.

Here are the workshops provided this August. All events begin at 10:30 AM.

  • Sundays – Art Studio

  • Wednesdays  – ‘Sopresa!’ Surprise Activity –

    • August 16th – Make Clay Pots!
    • Check in each week for the next activity!
  • Thursdays and Saturdays  – ‘Artesanos Menores’ ‘Preschool Craft Makers’’-

    • Mexican Worry Dolls (August 10th and 12)

    • Alebrijes – Oaxacan Painted Animals – (August 17th and 19th, with guest Cie McCullough from the Creative Chameleon)

    • Weaving (August 24th and 16th)

Museum admission is $5 per person, and children under three are free. The museum is located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York.

For more information, visit our calendar page or call (518) 793-2773.

Our Brand new ¡Hola, Mexico! Exhibit is now open. Come learn and play!

We are proud to announce our newest experience project, ¡Hola, Mexico! Just opened on June, 30, 2017, ¡Hola, Mexico! is the culmination of two rounds and dozens of votes by our youngest visitors reflecting the country and culture they’d most like to see next in the Museum.

The underlying educational goals of this experience project will be to teach children about the rich diversity of Mexican cuisines, and to help children understand the interconnectedness of local farms to the dinner table in Mexico and in their own lives locally. We will create an environment within the museum in which children can play and explore Mexico by incorporating the farming experience and food preparation that surrounds the daily life of Mexican citizen in the Michoacan region. Children will be able to farm the food, learn how to prepare the food, and serve the food throughout this exhibit.

In order to allow children to have more opportunities to experience ¡Hola, Mexico!, the Museum will once again expand their summer hours. Beginning June 30, hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Museum hours through June 19 are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under three are free. The Museum is located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York.

Check out our monthly calendar of events to stay updated on activities throughout the summer! Our calendar is available by clicking here.

Funding for the experience project was provided by The Touba Family Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match Program, and The Cohoes Savings Foundation. In-kind sponsorship for this project provided by Kellogg Karpet and Design Center.

Meet Interim Director Kate Austin-Avon

World Awareness Children’s Museum has appointed Kate Austin-Avon as Interim Director.

Austin-Avon is founder and president of Advokate, LLC, a web and graphic design, marketing and PR firm in Glens Falls, NY. She is co-founder and administrator of the Arts District of Glens Falls. She has experience with nonprofit boards as past Co-President of NorthCountryARTS and former board member of Art in the Public Eye as well as The Bridge. Advokate specializes in services for nonprofits and small businesses and does marketing and administrative work for the Glens Falls Collaborative, as well as many other area organizations, particularly in the arts field in Glens Falls. She is also a mother of two.

“I was at the ribbon cutting for the World Awareness Children’s Museum when it opened on Warren Street, and have watched its evolution with interest, as a person involved in the arts community,” says Mrs. Austin-Avon. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Founding Director Dr. Jacquiline Touba over the years, and working with the past directors and staff on the Arts District project I’m administrating.”

She adds, “I just love bringing my kids here, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to help in this chapter of the Museum’s story. I believe that the Museum is a real gem. We’re so lucky to have it here in Glens Falls. Its mission hits home harder and harder for me in light of the current political climate, and I’m proud to be a part of furthering the message of appreciation for all the diverse cultures of the world.”

Mrs. Austin-Avon wishes to emphasize that Advokate, LLC, remains fully operational during this time period, and Advokate clients can expect to see no changes in their service due to her work with the Children’s Museum.

A search is on for a full-time director, who is likely to be hired this fall.

For information about the World Awareness Children’s Museum, located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, please visit www.worldchildrensmuseum.org or call (518) 793-2773.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visits Glens Falls, NY

Senator Gillibrand’s visit to the World Awareness Children’s Museum

On April 21st 2017, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the World Awareness Children’s Museum to support funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She discussed the importance of arts and humanities programs in communities like Glens Falls, and the impact a budget cut would have on arts organizations.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discusses sushi with museum visitors in the Japanese Washitsu exhibit. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities allow families and community organizations to help give our children the chance to experience and learn about art, music, dance, language, and literature,” said Senator Gillibrand. “If these programs are taken away, it would particularly hurt communities and towns like those throughout the Capital Region. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities give local organizations more resources to teach students on field trips, and they fund educational programming on PBS beloved by children and their families, they give veterans a new lens to understand their experiences and reintegrate into their communities. We should never allow these programs to be cut, and I will continue to do everything in my power to stand up for communities that don’t have a lot of resources and rely on these programs.”

 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with World Awareness Children’s Museum Program Director, Sheileen Landrey. 

“I am very appreciative of Senator Gillibrand’s support of the Endowments. This funding supports arts organizations which in turn support local communities by offering strong, engaging programming.  The World Awareness Children’s Museum has received support from the NEH to connect with local international communities and present authentic programming. These opportunities have become available through Endowment support and we want to continue offering such strong programming to children and families in this area,” said Sheileen Landrey, Director of Programming World Awareness Children’s Museum.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with press at World Awareness Children’s Museum

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with World Awareness Children’s Museum staff: Diane Dumouchel – Coordinator of Education & Programming, Crystal Schwartz – Museum Operations & Membership Coordinator,  Emily Kane – Marketing Specialist, Sheileen Landrey – Director of Programming, & Luke Ely – Receptionist.

 

We are honored that Senator Gillibrand chose to visit the World Awareness Children’s Museum in downtown Glens Falls and we appreciate all she does to support organizations like ours.

A PLACE That Brings Positive Aspects of World Cultures to Glens Falls

A Message from WACM Founder and Retired Executive Director Jacquiline Touba, Ph.D.

When I first came to Glens Falls in 1980, I had just experienced the revolution in Iran and the Hostage Crisis. Despite this difficult event, I left behind many personal friends and great colleagues at the University of Tehran where I taught sociology. After arriving here, I was surprised to hear many negative comments toward PEOPLE of the non-western world, where governments were warring against each other. If I was going to raise my daughter here, I knew I had to bring the positive aspects of world cultures to Glens Falls.

img_0145For my own daughter, grandchildren, and all the children of the region, I started the International Festival of the Adirondacks, then the International Youth Art Exchange, which eventually led to the creation of the World Awareness Children’s Museum with its go! hands-on interactive world cultural installations.

img_7379These organizations served my family well, especially my daughter who has adjusted easily to living on four continents. Now all three of my grandchildren are globetrotting and becoming world travelers. This summer, I photographed two of them in the African Marketplace at WACM before they left to live in Angola, Africa. They feel quite at home there having experienced Africa already at WACM. I know that others in the community have similar tales to tell. If the Museum has touched even a few of our children, I hope you think it is worth supporting.

At this moment in history, please support this important gem in Glens Falls, as so many have done over the years, so WACM can continue sharing world cultures with the next generation. Many thanks.

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