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September 18, 2018

Children’s Museum of Oswego eager to reveal feasibility study results


OSWEGO, NY – The Children’s Museum of Oswego is taking a giant leap forward as it will hold a presentation to reveal the results of its recently completed feasibility study.

It will be on January 29 at 7 p.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.

The doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.

Olivia Emmons’ face ‘says it all’, as she marvels in delight with CMOO’s new Light Exploration Table exhibit. Picture captured at CMOO’s Winter Wonderland event held over winter break in Oswego at the McCrobie Center.

Olivia Emmons’ face ‘says it all’, as she marvels in delight with CMOO’s new Light Exploration Table exhibit. Picture captured at CMOO’s Winter Wonderland event held over winter break in Oswego at the McCrobie Center.

CMOO is a non-profit educational organization that meets the rigorous guidelines necessary to hold a charter from the NYS Education Department and Board of Regents.

CMOO and its dedicated board of trustees has a mission to establish an interactive and educational children’s museum in the city of Oswego for the benefit of children, families, educators, and caregivers in and around the community.

Over the past year, CMOO has been functioning as a traveling museum through exhibit-based participatory activities housed at local events.

Through generous contributions, the museum has developed a collection of interactive exhibits that promote learning and social development through play, hands on activities, and intellectual involvement.

As the museum grows, it continues with steadfast community outreach and are building solid relationships to connect with local resources and businesses within the community.

Executive director Jillian Shaver expressed the importance of the community “to feel constantly connected to the project, to gain an understanding of where we are in our process and how they can contribute ideas and inspiration.”

The board of trustees commissioned Dr. Robert “Mac” West of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc., to conduct a feasibility study with the purpose of helping to put together a compelling, realistic, sustainable vision of how CMOO can successfully become a permanent part of the landscape within Oswego County and Central New York.

Dr. West has worked comprehensively for more than 30 years within the field of informal education among museums and similar institutions.

His credentials also include directing two major science museums, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pennsylvania) and Cranbrook Institute of Science (Michigan).

Dr. West has been an active site visitor and accredited evaluator for the American Alliance of Museums and has worked extensively to consult numerous museums, scientific associations and funding agencies throughout the U.S and abroad.

Dr. West’s study will help place CMOO into the dynamic community and includes an assessment of the current state of financial, cultural, and demographic aspects of our area.

Shaver said, “Dr. Robert West received a great deal of valuable input from various constituents of Oswego County during the course of the study.”

The museum is excited to share these findings at the January 29 presentation, followed by a brief status update by the board, including a review of goals for the year ahead.

“I encourage all community members to build upon these contributions by attending the presentation and sharing their vision for The Children’s Museum of Oswego,” Shaver said.

To learn more about CMOO, inquire about the upcoming presentation or how you can support the museum’s growth and development, please visit www.cmoo.org, call at 315-326-1110, or email at [email protected]

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