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Little visits Wild Center for Museum Week

June 7, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - When state Sen. Betty Little heard about the Museum Week in Colorado, she thought it would be a great idea to implement in New York.

Her son, who is in the military in Colorado Springs, told her how he went to a mining museum during that week, and that he probably wouldn't have gone if it weren't for the statewide marketing initiative.

"I thought, 'Well, why doesn't New York state have one?'" Little said while visiting Tupper Lake's Wild Center natural history museum Wednesday afternoon.

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Wild Center museum staff show state Sen. Betty Little their new exhibit, “Planet Adirondack,” which is opening June 15. From left, Wild Center Facilities Manager Dave St. Onge, Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe, Little, Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun and
videographer Rick Godin.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

So she got a number of state officials behind the idea, and they created Museum Week, which ended Wednesday.

The Wild Center was one of about 200 participating institutions across the state, but New York has nearly 2,000 museums and Little said she hopes to get all of them on board for future museum weeks.

She hopes next year to hold an exhibition in which museums from across the state set up samples of their exhibits in Albany, and there are ideas about creating a "passport" so people can visit five or six museums on the same ticket in a summer.

Little noted that many of the small museums don't have enough money to do marketing campaigns.

Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe said Museum Week already encouraged her institution to reach out to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake for cross-marketing efforts.

Ratcliffe was enthusiastic about the new Museum Week initiative.

"I think it's a great idea," Ratcliffe said. "Tell us how to help."

Wild Center staff gave Little a sneak preview of its new exhibit, "Planet Adirondack," which they will open to the public on June 15 after a June 14 "Planetcast" in which Paul Smith's College professor Curt Stager and the Wild Center's Rob Carr will present the interactive globe on a live stream over the Internet.



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