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January 22, 2014

Dr. Robert West to publicly present his findings for the Children’s Museum of Oswego Jan. 29

Olivia Emmons’ face ‘says it all’, as she marvels in delight with CMOO’s new light exploration table exhibit at a Winter Wonderland event, held over winter break at the McCrobie Center in Oswego.

Oswego - The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) is taking a giant leap forward as they will hold a presentation to reveal the results of their recently completed feasibility study at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St, Oswego. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

"CMOO is a non-profit educational organization that meets the rigorous guidelines necessary to hold a charter from the NYS Education Dept. and Board of Regents," said Executive Director Jillian Shaver. "CMOO, and its dedicated Board of Trustees has a mission to establish an interactive and educational children’s museum in the city of Oswego for the benefit of children, families, educators, and caregivers in and around the community."

Over the past year, CMOO has been functioning as a traveling museum through exhibit-based participatory activities housed at local events. Through generous contributions, the museum has developed a collection of interactive exhibits that promote learning and social development through play, hands on activities, and intellectual involvement.

As the museum grows, they continue with steadfast community outreach and are building solid relationships to connect with local resources and businesses within the community. Shaver said it is important for the community “to feel constantly connected to the project, to gain an understanding of where we are in our process and how they can contribute ideas and inspiration.”

The Board of Trustees commissioned Dr. Robert “Mac” West of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study with the purpose of helping to put together a compelling, realistic, sustainable vision of how CMOO can successfully become a permanent part of the landscape within Oswego County and Central New York.

Dr. West has worked comprehensively for over 30 years within the field of informal education among museums and similar institutions. His credentials also include directing two major science museums, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (PA) and Cranbrook Institute of Science (MI). Dr. West has been an active site visitor and accredited evaluator for the American Alliance of Museums, and has worked extensively to consult numerous museums, scientific associations and funding agencies throughout the U.S and abroad.

“Dr. West’s study will help place CMOO into our dynamic community and includes an assessment of the current state of financial, cultural, and demographic aspects of our area,” said Shaver. “Dr. West received a great deal of valuable input from various constituents of Oswego County during the course of the study.”

Shaver said the museum is excited to share these findings at the Jan. 29 presentation, followed by a brief status update by the board, including a review of goals for the year ahead.

“I encourage all community members to build upon these contributions by attending the presentation and sharing their vision for The Children's Museum of Oswego,” she said.

To learn more about CMOO, inquire about their upcoming presentation or how to support the museum’s future growth and development, visit their website at www.cmoo.org, call 315-326-1110, or email infor@cmoo.org.

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