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Harvey and Carol Simmons’ relationship with The Strong began back in 2012 when they were looking for a home for Carol’s collection of Marx Honeymoon Express wind-up toy train sets. Since then, the Simmons have become wonderful friends of the museum and have chosen to leave a lasting legacy of play as members of The Strong’s Woodbury Circle Planned Giving Society. “For me, a gift to The Strong is an investment in education for kids and grown-ups alike, as well as a way to preserve our history and build a unified community,” says Harvey. “It also allows us to pay-it-forward for the fortunate lives we’ve led.”

The New York State Council on the Arts awards The Strong a $141,000 grant over three years for general operating support. (The Strong's programming is made possible, in part, by NYSCA with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.)


The Strong breaks ground on a 100,000-square-foot expansion and launches $60-million capital campaign, Powered by Play.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awards The Strong a $75,000 planning grant for exhibits that explore the history and importance of electronic games.

M&T Charitable Foundation presents The Strong with a $250,000 donation towards the museum’s Powered by Play comprehensive campaign.

The Strong receives a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the documentation, preservation, and accessibility of the museum's 30,000-volume collection of toy trade catalogs.