Strong Museum

Adaptive Play at The Strong Museum

Oct 21, 2019
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The non-profit group Endless Highway teamed up with The Strong National Museum of Play for its first Adaptive Day of Play for youth and families living with physical disabilities on Sunday.

The idea is to create more inclusive family experiences, and more than 90 people participated.

Endless Highway founder Bob Tortorella says that The Strong has always been a place of inclusivity for families with children with disabilities.


The big expansion project at The Strong museum will mean some changes to how people access that facility starting on Tuesday.

The museum will have a new, temporary entrance, with all visitors having to enter the museum through the Howell Street entrance.

Strong Museum spokesman Shane Rhinewald it’s all part of the multi-year expansion plan.

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You don’t often see groundbreaking ceremonies led by children wearing hard hats, riding in on toy construction vehicles.

But that’s exactly how the Strong National Museum of Play broke ground Thursday on a 100,000 square foot expansion. That expansion will bring a new, larger atrium and entrance to the museum and include new exhibits like women in gaming, a ropes course, updated outdoor play area and parking garage.

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Nancy Reagan was not a regular visitor to Rochester, according to what WXXI News has turned up Sunday.

She may have accompanied husband Ronald for a campaign stop on November 1, 1984. President Reagan spoke at 3 pm at the then Rochester War Memorial on a blitz from Boston to Rochester to Minnesota.

Nancy Reagan did appreciate the Strong Museum. UPI reported in 1983 that the museum provided 12-hundred antique dolls and dollhouse furniture to decorate the tree in the Blue Room of the White House using an "old-fashioned" theme.

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Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated and remembered in different ways across Rochester.

The Eastman Theater held it's 30th annual MLK Celebration. People came together in Kodak Hall to reflect on the life of Dr King, and the importance of his message at a time when racial tension across the country seems so high. Local and state officials, residents, and performers gathered to celebrate by listening, speaking, and singing.

Mayor Lovely Warren began with her favorite King quote.