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Cobblestone site part of new book on ‘Unknown Museums’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 September 2013 at 12:00 am

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.

The Cobblestone Society Museum, which includes several historic structures, has been trying to raise its profile in recent years so more people could experience the oldest cobblestone church in North America and other buildings at the museum.

A new book about 50 museums in Upstate New York includes a picture on the cover of the Cobblestone Universalist Church, which is the centerpiece of the museum complex near the routes 98 and 104 intersection. The church was built in 1834.

The book introduces readers to “unknown museums.” Chuck D’Imperio, the author of several books about Upstate New York, wrote his latest book as a guide to 50 “treasures” that tell unappreciated stories of the state’s history.

In “Unknown Museums of Upstate New York,” D’Imperio writes about the Jell-O Museum in Le Roy, the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum.

Syracuse University Press published the book. I spotted it earlier today in Bindings Bookstore in Albion. Click here for more information on the book.