Wanted: Play Memories on Video for National Museum of Play Archives

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

July 26, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Wanted: Play Memories on Video
for National Museum of Play Archives

Do you have great memories of playing as a child? How do you play now? And how do your children play today? The National Museum of Play at The Strong® invites museum guests to record their playful memories at one of two newly installed America at Play: Play Stories touch-screen video kiosks. The resulting two-minute videos will help the museum build a play archive and contribute to the development of a major new exhibit, America at Play. (Unable to visit the museum? Upload your video online at http://aap.museumofplay.org.)

According to Chris Bensch, The Strong’s vice president for collections, “Everyone has their own play experiences and the America at Play: Play Stories video kiosks make it easy to share those memories and stories. By contributing your video, you’ll help ensure that the museum has the fullest, most complete, most fascinating story of how play happens in America.” 

The National Museum of Play at The Strong is the only museum in the world devoted solely to the study of play. Dozens of inspirational play quotes by such luminaries as essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson (“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”) and the Greek philosopher Plato (“Life must be lived as play.”) are splashed boldly around the museum to inspire museum guests and remind them of how critically important play is to learning and human development.

The America at Play exhibit, currently in its initial planning phase, will include a sweeping overview of four centuries of play in America. Rich in objects from the museum’s renowned collections, and complemented by hands on activities, America at Play will occupy a large section of the museum’s second floor and tell the story of the way play has changed, stayed the same, and affected adults and children alike.

Access to the America at Play: Play Story kiosks is included with general museum admission fees. To sample some of the play stories recently contributed by guests, visit http://aap.museumofplay.org.  

America at Play is supported in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


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