Herschell Carrousel Museum - Monday, September 14, 2015

It may seem to be a little strange for the American Treasure Tour blog to highlight another attraction, since we encourage people to see our numerous collections here in Oaks, Pennsylvania, but we also realize there are many other wonderful attractions across the United States.  Some of them have very clear connections to what we do.  The Herschell Carrousel Museum is one of those.  It is located in North Tonawanda, New York.  Anyone who has visited the Treasure Tour has heard at least a little about North Tonawanda - it is where not only the American carrousel (or carousel - both spellings would seem to be correct) AND the American mechanical music industries began.  And both began in this complex.

We've talked about Allan Herschell in past blogs, so we won't go into detail about him, his life and inspiration here, nor will we talk about one of his most important acts - compelling Baron deKleist to move to town from Europe to make band organs.  We will say that this is a wonderful little museum dedicated to preserving the story of carousel production.  The craftsmanship that went into these wonderful pieces of art and entertainment is amazing, and Herschell's company made some of the finest out there.  Herschell carrousels are spread across the country and deserve to be visited for riding.  Another thing that makes the museum amazing is their exhibit on band organ paper roll creation.  We encourage you to take a peak at their website and, if you find yourself in or around Buffalo, New York, make sure to stop in and check it out.
QUESTION:  What was Baron deKleist's full name?
A)  Baron Joseph Frederick Bertholdt deKleist
B)  Baron Frederick Joseph Eugene deKleist
C)  Duke Ellington Winston deKleist
D)  Baron Munchausen Frederick deKleist

BOO BASEBALL!  America's favorite passtime became much less popular on this day in 1994 when disagreements between players and management proved too intense and a strike was declared.  This was the year there would be no World Series games, because resolution would not happen in time for the celebration of the best of the best to occur.  While the players certainly may have had legitimate complaints, the strike left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans, and it can be speculated that baseball will never again draw the same affection it had before. 

THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY?  No, the Cowsills!  The Cowsill family, out of Rhode Island, were the inspiration for the Partridges.  They formed a band, incorporating mom and six siblings.  Today we celebrate the birth of Barry Cowsill, the fifth of seven kids.  He would have turned 61 today, but for his tragic death in 2005.  He was living in New Orleans at the time, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Crescent City.  The details of his death remain unclear; however, he serves as a reminder of all the wonderfully talented people whose lives were lost during this horrible tragedy.

QUOTE:  Looking for love is tricky business, like whipping a carousel horse. - George Cukor

ANSWER:  B)  Baron Frederick Joseph Eugene deKleist.  We're pretty sure this is common knowledge to every single American out there.  Are we wrong?