Author will share adventures in chronicling Upstate museums

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 January 2014 at 12:00 am

D’Imperio’s book highlights 50 sites, including 2 in Orleans

The cover of “Unknown Museums of Upstate New York” includes a photo of the Cobblestone Universalist Church in Gaines, which is part of the Cobblestone Society Museum.

ALBION – Chuck D’Imperio wanted to highlight 50 museums in Upstate New York, sites that he says are important caretakers of local history and culture.

D’Imperio’s book, “Unknown Museums of Upstate New York,” includes two sites in Orleans County: The Medina Railroad Museum and the Cobblestone Society Museum.

He will be in town on Jan. 25 to talk about the book and his journeys around the state in cataloging the sites. He wrote the book as a guide to 50 “treasures” that tell unappreciated stories of the state’s history.

Bindings Bookstore and Tillman’s Village Inn will host D’Imperio for an evening dining event and book signing.

He has several museums from Western New York in the book, including The Holland Land Office Museum of Batavia, the Kazoo Factory museum in Eden, the Jell-O Gallery in LeRoy, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda, the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum in East Aurora, the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York and the Millard Fillmore House Museum in East Aurora.

D’Imperio will be sign copies of the book at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25. Tickets are available at Bindings Bookstore in Albion, a lily and a sparrow in Medina and Johnathan’s Pastry Shoppe in Holley.