A couple of teachers, some 32 years ago, had an idea - why not teach history through a carousel ride?
At the Farmer's Museum near Cooperstown, NY, the dream took shape over the next 30 some years. As time passed, the dream was carved in wood into a carousel. In fact, the work is not yet finished. This carousel, now called the Empire State Carousel, has spaces remaining where any city can contribute something to this work 32 years in progress.
Each panel demonstrates an asset of New York State history or culture.
Various people,, some amateurs, some professionals, carved the carousel animals. This one, Percy the Pig, cost a million pennies, which he carries in a money bag. (No, not really.)
The day we visited the Farmer's Museum, young children were squealing in delight as they rode the carousel, blissfully unaware that they were being educated.
I love carousels. I live in what is considered the carousel capital of the United States, with six operational (and forever free) carousels donated by a local philanthropist to the children of the Triple Cities of Upstate New York. But we have nothing like this. I was amazed.
I hope you were, too.