Museum News

May 2016

Google Cultural Institute
The Strong launches an online timeline through Google Cultural Institute showcasing the most popular games in American history.
Nearly 150 attend The Strong’s first-ever “Playful Encounters with the Reggio Emilia Approach” conference, featuring prominent early childhood educators Ben Mardell and Lella Gandini. Pictured with Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s assistant vice president for education (right to left).
Cheryl Henson, president of The Jim Henson Foundation and daughter of the legendary puppeteer, and Karen Falk, archives director for The Jim Henson Company, tour The Strong’s collection of Henson-related artifacts with the museum’s Christopher Bensch. Pictured here with a rare, 30th anniversary Kermit the Frog, one of many objects donated by the family. 
The Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors names The Strong’s Nic Ricketts to its board of directors.  
World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees
The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame names the inductees for 2016: Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders.
Computer scientists from Malmo University in Sweden tour The Strong’s electronic games collections with Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of the museum’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

April 2016

Fellowship recipient Nancy Callahan, emeritus art professor at the State University of New York at Oneonta, explores The Strong’s collection of educational toys from the late 1900s to inspire a forthcoming sculpture related to the history of toymakers.
M&T Bank renews its commitment to The Strong with a $25,000 grant in support of the museum’s 2016–2017 education programs. Sharing the good news is M&T’s Sara Jane Deisinger and Curt Provenzo, pictured here with The Strong’s Rollie Adams and Lisa Feinstein (right to left).
Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s assistant vice president for education, speaks to Empire State College students about the use of block play in early childhood classrooms.
World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists
The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame names the 15 finalists for 2016: Elite, Final Fantasy, Grand Theft Auto III, John Madden Football, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Nürburgring, The Oregon Trail, Pokémon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider.
The Strong welcomes nearly 1,000 students from 17 area high schools to the 26th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference.

March 2016

Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s assistant vice president for education, discusses the importance of play in education during a Kindergarten Play Date at The Strong for Gates Chili School District families, teachers, and administrators.
Greg Toppo and Jon-Paul Dyson
Greg Toppo (left), author of The Game Believes in You, tours The Strong’s library and archive with Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the museum's International Center for the History of Electronic Games. 
Fodor's Travel names The Strong one of the top 10 family-friendly museums in the United States.
Readers of FamilyFun magazine name The Strong the number one “Family Travel Destination” in the United States and top family museum in the northeast. 
The family of legendary puppeteer and Hollywood icon Jim Henson donates more than 600 licensed products to The Strong that chronicle Henson’s illustrious 30-plus-year career.
The Strong installs a plaque featuring Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, in its Toy Halls of Fame exhibit. The plaque honors Iger's induction into the Toy Industry Association's Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
Susan Bennett, the original voice of Apple's Siri, tours the museum with Shane Rhinewald, The Strong's senior director of public relations.

February 2016

Fellowship recipient Aria Halliday from Purdue University explores The Strong's library and archives to help inform her dissertation about the ways that pop culture icons use "girl play" to popularize their brands.
The Tetris Company loans artifacts related to 2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductee Tetris—including materials from game creator Alexey Pajitnov—to The Strong for display.
Leading travel publication Lonely Planet names The Strong’s Toy Halls of Fame exhibit one of 31 of the “World’s Hottest New Experiences for 2016.” The list also includes sites such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi and National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
A recent episode of Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum filmed at The Strong features Vice President for Collections Chris Bensch and 1998 National Toy Hall of Fame inductee Monopoly.

January 2016

Video game historian Jimmy Maher from Denmark, author of The Digital Antiquarian blog, visits The Strong to research computer game history in the museum's extensive archives.
Robbie Brunner of Schenectedy, New York—who recently donated hundreds of PEZ-inspired artifacts to the museum—visits the new Perfectly PEZ display. Pictured with The Strong’s Chris Bensch (right). 

December 2015

Fellowship recipient Molly Duggins, lecturer at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia, explores The Strong’s assemblage of Victorian shell artifacts to study Victorian-era romance with the sea and its influence on the 19th-century marketplace.
More than 1,900 runners participated in the fourth annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race with proceeds to benefit The Strong, on Saturday, December 19.
Fellowship recipient Mattia Thibault from the University of Turin in Turin, Italy, visits The Strong to investigate how toys reflect and represent cultural values.
Roc-opoly Donation
Local toy store My Favorite Toy Box donates two of the first copies of their new Roc-opoly board game—a unique, hometown-themed Monopoly-style game—to The Strong museum. The games will sit among the world’s most comprehensive collection of Monopoly artifacts.
Democrat and Chronicle readers name The Strong museum Rochester’s Choice for best museum for the 14th consecutive year.

November 2015

Don James, executive vice president for operations at Nintendo of America, visits The Strong for the opening of the Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment exhibit.
Shannon Symonds, associate curator for The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games, leads a post-concert discussion after the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy."

October 2015

City Newspaper readers again name The Strong museum Rochester's best family-friendly attraction.
A delegation from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan—including Masayuki Uemura (center), the hardware designer of the Nintendo Entertainment System—visits The Strong’s Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System exhibit.
Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games, speaks about preserving the history of pinball at the 31st Annual Pinball Expo in Wheeling, Illinois.
Fifteen delegates from Caltanisetta, Rochester’s Sister City in Italy, tour The Strong with the museum’s Director of Public Relations Shane Rhinewald.
Fellowship recipient Riccardo Fassone, adjunct professor at the University of Turin in Torino, Italy, visits The Strong to research the history of early film-to-video game adaptations.

September 2015

The National Toy Hall of Fame names the 12 toy finalists for 2015: American Girl dolls, Battleship, coloring book, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, puppet, scooter, Super Soaker, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, top, Twister, and the Wiffle Ball.
The Strong’s President and CEO Rollie Adams, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, and Toy Industry Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb unveil The Strong’s Toy Halls of Fame exhibit.
The online site Yelp.com, which helps connect consumers with great local businesses, has awarded The Strong the "People Love Us on Yelp" designation based on numerous top-scoring reviews.
A textile and toy design class from Rochester Institute of Technology researches toy company history in The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play.
Fellowship recipient Benjamin Lindquist, PhD candidate from Princeton University, examines various toy and game collections at The Strong to investigate the growing importance of “fun” in contemporary religion.
Fellowship recipient Koral LaVorgna, PhD candidate from the University of New Brunswick, explores the material culture of post-World War II childhood through examination of cereal box prizes from The Strong’s collections.
Fellowship recipient Emily Aguilo-Perez, PhD candidate from Pennsylvania State University, studies museum collections and archival materials to inform a project titled “Remembering Barbie: A Study of Interactions with Barbie among Puerto Rican Females.”

August 2015

University of Rochester students volunteer in The Strong's outdoor gardens as part of Wilson Day 2015, a day of community service.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, prominent psychotherapist and contributor to The Strong's American Journal of Play, tours the museum’s library and archives with Jeremy Saucier, assistant director for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.
Sarah Kemp (third from right), Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, tours The Strong during a recent visit to Rochester. Pictured with I Love New York's Gavin Landry, U.S. Department of Commerce's Rosanna Masucci and Tim McCall, and The Strong's Suzanne Seldes and Rollie Adams.
GUND, a subsidiary of Enesco and preeminent maker of plush toys, donates a comprehensive collection of plush figures and soft toys to The Strong.
Ward Stare (left), music director for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, examines The Strong’s sheet music collection with Curator Nic Ricketts.
The Strong's Scott Eberle, vice president for play studies, speaks to students about the history of play at the IB World Student Conference at the University of Rochester.

July 2015

Fellowship recipient Andrea Braithwaite from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology examines The Strong's Her Interactive Collection to explore how girls and women understand themselves as gamers.
The Strong is featured in a chapter of Case Studies in Cultural Entrepreneurship: How to Create Relevant and Sustainable Institutions, from the American Association for State and Local History book series.
Fellowship recipient Alexander Bevier from New York University visits The Strong to study the personal papers of Sid Sackson, a pioneering board game designer.
Fellowship recipient Anastasia Salter, assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, conducts research at The Strong to inform a book about video game designer Jane Jensen.
Scott Adams (second from right), creator of the first personal computer adventure game (Adventureland) and founder of Adventure International, tours The Strong’s collections with his wife, Roxanne.

June 2015

Nominate your favorite classic toy for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame by July 31.
The nationally syndicated Celebrity Name Game features The Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame as a clue in a question about Mr. Potato Head (inducted in 2000).
Kids Out and About 2015
KidsOutandAbout.com readers vote The Strong museum the Top Place to Take Kids in the Rochester area for the 11th year in a row.
The Strong earns an Award of Excellence from the Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for its Play Time newsletter.
Fellowship recipient Michelle Beissel Heath, associate professor at the University of Nebraska, visits The Strong to study the ways in which 19th-century game creators drew upon literary foundations for inspiration and may have used games to bolster patriotic allegiance.

May 2015

The journal Reference Reviews publishes an assessment of The Strong’s scholarly resources that states, “…there is nothing that compares to The Strong’s breadth and scope of historical materials and collections related to play.”
The Strong's Nicolas Ricketts joins the board of directors for the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors.
The Strong earns top honors for website design and online advertising, and honorable mention for direct mail, at the Rochester Chapter of the American Marketing Association’s Pinnacle Awards.
The Strong and the Center for Games and Art Research at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, form a partnership to collaborate on the study of video game history and on efforts to preserve video games.
TripAdvisor awards The Strong a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the museum’s top ratings from travelers.
In its First Annual Summer Road Trips issue, the Toronto-based Ignition Luxury & Performance Magazine names The Strong as one of its “Top Ten Family Attractions.” (The Strong is the only non-Canadian destination on the list.)
Volunteers
The Strong recognizes volunteers for nearly 2,000 hours of dedicated service in 2014.
Robyn Holmes
Fellowship recipient Robyn Holmes, professor of psychology at Monmouth University in New Jersey, and her husband, Rich, visit The Strong to explore the connection between board games and cultural, social, moral, and religious messages.

April 2015

MVP Healthcare staff members help in The Strong’s outdoor gardens as part of an employee volunteer program.
Paul Hildebrandt (middle), senior software engineer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, tours The Strong with his son, Josh (left), and Jon-Paul Dyson, The Strong’s vice president for exhibits.
The Strong names Kevin McDonald, EdD, vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Rochester Institute of Technology, to its Board of Trustees.

March 2015

The Strong welcomes more than 900 students from 21 area high schools to the 25th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference.
Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, speaks about preserving video game history at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

February 2015

The Rochester Business Journal names The Strong a finalist in its 2015 Best of the Web Awards competition.
Carolyn Bloore, the formal learning officer at Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London, visits The Strong to benchmark its educational programs. Pictured here with Debbie McCoy, The Strong's director of education.

January 2015

Fellowship recipient Devin Monnens, an independent games historian, visits The Strong to research the North American video game industry crash of 1983.
Fellowship recipient Laine Nooney, a postdoctoral associate at New York University, visits The Strong to research the cultural history of computer game company Sierra On-Line and its co-founders, Ken and Roberta Williams.

December 2014

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council awards The Strong $420,000 in Empire State Development funding for the museum’s Toy Halls of Fame project.
Spin Master’s Anton Rabie, Krista DiBerardino, and Susie Adelson (left to right) visit The Strong with consultant Nick Pagee. Pictured here in the museum’s library and archives with examples of historic Spin Master toy catalogs.
Democrat and Chronicle readers name The Strong museum Rochester’s Choice for best museum for the 13th consecutive year.

November 2014

The Strong achieves reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest achievement for excellence in the museum community.
The Strong loans Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe action figures to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for display in the exhibit The Boomer Lists: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. (Courtesy Newseum)
Musicians and staff from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra tour The Strong’s electronic games collection in preparation for the RPO’s presentation of Video Games Live on November 21.
Noted video game writers Richard Dansky (middle) and Lee Sheldon (left) tour The Strong’s video game collections with Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

October 2014

City Newspaper readers have named The Strong museum Rochester's best family-friendly attraction.
Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, speaks about video game preservation at a conference in Philadelphia hosted by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts.
The online site Yelp.com, which helps connect consumers with great local businesses, has again named The Strong museum one of the “Best Spots in Town” based on numerous top-scoring reviews.
The Strong welcomes Gavin Landry, Executive Director of Tourism, Empire State Development Corp., for a tour of the museum. Pictured here with The Strong’s Suzanne Seldes (left) and Shane Rhinewald (right).
Fellowship recipient Emily Flynn-Jones, a postdoctoral research fellow at York University in Toronto, visits The Strong to research how women and girls at play have been represented throughout history.
Museum and library professionals from Würzburg, Rochester's Sister City in Germany, tour The Strong with Director of Libraries Beth Lathrop (far left) and Director of Public Relations Shane Rhinewald (far right).
The Strong welcomes Spin Master’s Susie Adelson and Nick Pagee for a tour of the museum and its library and archives. Pictured in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden with The Strong’s Rollie Adams (far left) and Chris Bensch (far right).

September 2014

HearthSong® donates a fairy-tale-inspired furniture set for The Strong’s outdoor Discovery Garden.
George Gomez, legendary game designer and executive vice president for game development at Stern Pinball, pictured with machines and schematics of his design during a recent visit to The Strong.
Fellowship recipient Jason Corace, chair of the Interactive Arts Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, examines The Strong’s collections and archives to inform an online timeline of hybrid games.
Chris Bensch, The Strong’s vice president for collections, presents “Inside the Toy Box: Evolution or Revolution?” at the World Congress of Play in San Francisco.
The Strong loans a 1949 version of Candy Land to the New York University Langone Medical Center for a display called Polio: Confronting an Epidemic.

August 2014

University of Rochester students volunteer in The Strong’s outdoor gardens as part of Wilson Day 2014, a day of community service.
Sensenig’s Landscape Supply donates a stone hopscotch game (now open) for The Strong’s outdoor Discovery Garden.
The Strong loans toys and games representing 1950s Western popular culture to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee for its The American Road exhibit.
Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager, and Krystal Register, Wegmans division nutritionist for Virginia and Maryland, tour The Strong’s Wegmans Super Kids Market exhibit with the museum’s Lisa Feinstein and Debbie McCoy. (Pictured from right to left.)
Fellowship recipient Reem Hilu from Northwestern University visits The Strong to examine video games that focus on domestic settings and themes.
Fellowship recipient Evan Lauteria from the University of Calfornia at Davis visits The Strong to research the influence of Japanese culture on the global video game market in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Natasha Crookes (second from left) and Roland Earl (second from right) of the British Toy and Hobby Association visit The Strong. Pictured here with The Strong’s Rollie Adams, Christopher Bensch, Lisa Feinstein, and Suzanne Seldes (from left to right).
Bruce Raiffe (right), president of Gund, Inc. at Enesco, tours The Strong with President and CEO Rollie Adams.
Jennifer deWinter from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts visits The Strong to research Shigeru Miyamoto, the prominent Japanese video game designer.

July 2014

John Gessert (left), president and chief executive officer of American Plastic Toys and current chairman of the Toy Industry Association Inc.’s board of directors, tours The Strong with Vice President for Collections Chris Bensch.
Fellowship recipient Marc-Niclas Heckner, doctoral student at the University of Michigan, visits The Strong to study the impact first-person-shooter video games about World War II have on perceptions of history.
John Romero—prominent game designer and developer best known as the co-creator of Doom—unveils a display in The Strong’s eGameRevolution exhibit which contains his original Apple II+ computer (used to design his first published game) and a design notebook.  
Fellowship recipient Carly Kocurek, assistant professor of digital humanities and media studies at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, visits The Strong to conduct research for her book about the history of the video arcade.

June 2014

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences President Martin Rae (second from left) visits The Strong to explore its exhibits and extensive collections. Pictured here in the ICHEG lab with The Strong's Rollie Adams (far left) and ICHEG's Don Daglow, Jon-Paul Dyson, and Jeremy Saucier.
Nazareth College graduate students share research on play therapy theory with museum guests and staff.
KidsOutandAbout.com readers vote The Strong museum the Top Place to Take Kids in the Rochester area for the 10th year in a row.
Victoria de Rijke, associate professor at Middlsex University in London, visits The Strong to research the role of play in an artist’s creative process.
The Strong joins Bivona Child Advocacy Center’s Greater Rochester Darkness to Light Collaborative as a “Partner in Prevention.”
TripAdvisor awards The Strong a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the museum’s top ratings from travelers.

May 2014

The Rochester Regional Library Council awards The Strong’s libraries an honorable mention its 2014 Library of the Year contest.
The Strong welcomes more than 70 game and puzzle collectors, historians, and industry leaders as part of the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors (AGPC) 30th Annual Convention.
Northwood Elementary School students present more than 1,000 National Toy Hall of Fame nominations for the Rubik’s Cube to The Strong’s Chris Bensch and Patricia Hogan.
The Strong exhibits historically significant Parker Brothers games—including Rook (1906) and Derby Day (1959)—in a new display on the museum’s second floor.
The Strong recognizes 16 volunteers for more than 2,100 hours of dedicated service in 2013.

April 2014

Fellowship recipient Marilyn C. Solvay, adjunct professor of cultural anthropology at Husson University in Maine, visits The Strong to inform development of a popular history book on the subject of Old Maid and a new version of the card game.
The Strong hosts The Association for the Study of Play’s 40th Annual Conference, titled “Play: Connecting the Past, Present & Future.”
The Strong acquires a massive collection of original artwork, design notes, schematics, game source code, corporate records, and one-of-a-kind artifacts that document the history of Atari’s coin-operated video game and pinball divisions from 1972 to 1999.
The Strong hosts the Monroe County 2014 State of the County address.

March 2014

Lella Gandini, Italian-born author and early childhood educator best known in the United States as the leading advocate for the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, donates papers and research materials to The Strong.
The Strong welcomes nearly 1,100 students from more than 20 area high schools to the 24th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference.
Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife by Raiford Guins (MIT Press) features The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) extensively, including game preservation insights from ICHEG director Jon-Paul Dyson.
Jon-Paul Dyson and Jeremy Saucier, director and assistant director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG), attend the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.
The Strong announces the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowships to provide financial support for scholarly play research about games and related topics of play.
FamilyFun magazine names The Strong the number one “Family Museum in the Country” and the nation’s number four overall “Favorite Family Destination.”
Fellowship recipient Robert Guyker from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California visits The Strong to research the convergence of myth, play, and video games.
Dr. William Dietz, a physician who works with the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation on issues related to physical activity and health, tours The Strong during a recent visit to Rochester. Pictured here (right) with museum President and CEO G. Rollie Adams.
The Strong acquires the Brøderbund Software, Inc. Collection, an assemblage of nearly 1,500 of the company’s games, consumer software, corporate records, and related materials donated by company founder Doug Carlston.
Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, speaks in Kyoto, Japan on video game preservation at Ritsumeikan University and at the International Game Studies Conference.

February 2014

Gwen Gordon, producer and director of Seriously!, a creative documentary about the power of play, tours The Strong and its library and archives. Pictured here (right) with Scott Eberle, The Strong’s vice president for play studies.
USA Today readers name The Strong one of the 10 best museums for families in the United States
Video game designer and producer Warren Spector (left) tours museum’s collections and archives with Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

January 2014

Beth Lathrop joins The Strong as its new director of libraries. Lathrop is responsible for advancing the libraries’ collections, services, and visibility.
The Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, highlights The Strong’s commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle in its national blog.
Fellowship recipient Douglas Guerra, assistant professor of literature and technology at the State University of New York at Oswego, visits The Strong to research 19th-century games.
Fellowship recipient Rebecca Hernandez-Gerber from New York University visits The Strong to research video game collecting methods and preservation.
The Strong displays plans for its future Toy Halls of Fame gallery—a key Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council tourism project—in Albany during concourse activities leading up to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.