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Herschell Spillman Motors talk coincides with Solar Carousel Finding a Home @ Canalside

On Wednesday, March 2, the Steel Plant Museum of WNY will be hosting a talk on Herschell Spillman Motors (produced carousels and other rides) by John Dumbrosky. The talk will revolve around the Herschell-Spillman Motor Company, the Herschell Carrousel Factory, and how the regionally manufactured carousel was an immense source of pride for Greater Buffalo.

To this day, there is a grassroots movement underway to acquire and restore an original Herschell Carrousel. Earlier this month, it was announced that The City will be providing land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) at Canalside, in order to house the solar powered carousel. A grant from the The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation to purchase the carousel was contingent on The City/ECHDC finding an appropriate spot at Canalside. No other area of the city was an option, according to those administering the grant. The exact location of the carousel is yet to be determined.

This news comes at a time when a new children’s museum will also be built at Canalside, which, when combined, will add a tremendous family-friendly atmosphere to the waterfront. 

Herschell Spillman Motors First Wednesday Speaker Series

Steel Plant Museum of Western New York

First Wednesday Speaker Series

March 2, 2016 | 6:30PM until 8:30PM

Doors Open at 5:30PM | Presentation begins at 6:30PM

Heritage DiscoveRY Center @ the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York – 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

Learn about the amusement ride industry in Buffalo, and tour the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York

Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. There will be a 50-50 split club drawing held to benefit the museum.

The first Wednesday Speaker series is FREE.

Entrance to the museum is FREE.

Free parking is also available behind the museum.


Lead image:Herschell Carrousel Factory

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