Carrie McNeal Named Director of Conservation

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

August 19, 2014

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

Carrie McNeal Named
Director of Conservation
at The Strong

The Strong® is pleased to announce that Carrie McNeal has been hired as director of conservation. In this role, McNeal oversees preservation and conservation treatments for the museum’s more than 400,000 artifacts related to play—including toys, dolls, board games, electronic games, and other historical materials.  

McNeal comes to The Strong from Gateway Conservation Services in St. Louis, Missouri, and she also has experience conserving materials for the Library of Congress and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

McNeal holds a master’s degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Preservation from Simmons College in Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. 

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.