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The CNY Living History Center is open with safety protocols put in place, but the fun of exploring and learning is still the same!
The museum is home to three museums - the Brockway Truck Museum, Homeville Museum, and Tractors of Yesteryear. The complex houses a diverse collection of artifacts from larger than life Brockway Trucks, antique tractors, and military and railroad memorabilia.
Outside of its historical treasures, the CNY Living History Center is also available to book for private events. They have a theatre, outdoor veranda, carport, as well as the Joan Nadge Memorial Garden that will be in full bloom come summer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 299-4185 for more information about capacity, social distancing protocols, and booking.
Keep reading for information about each museum, and check out our recent visit to the CNY Living History Center to chat with Executive Director, Cindy Stoker about hear favorite pieces and what protocols have been put in place for the safety of guests and employees.
BROCKWAY TRUCK MUSEUM
Originally founded as Brockway Carriage Works in 1875, the Brockway Motor Company played a key role in the manufacturing history of Cortland County. Examine these larger than life trucks up close, along with memorabilia and historical documents pertaining to the manufacturing of the trucks.
The Homeville Museum offers American and local military and railroad history collections from the Civil War era to the present. WWII veteran Ken Eaton spent more than 35 years assembling this collection of over 10,000 items. Explore the impressive military collection that includes a M-60 Battle Tank, a nearly full size replica of a Lackawanna 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotive #2107, and the rich history of Central New York.
TRACTORS OF YESTERYEAR
The T.O.Y.S collection gives life to the agricultural history of Central New York and all of rural America. Explore the items use on farms 50 to 150 years ago, from antique tractors to plows, corn shellers to beef cutters. The collection also includes butter churns, ox yokes, flat irons, shoulder water carriers, scythes, and cradles used in old rural America.
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