Walter Elwood Museum

Walter Elwood Museum The Walter Elwood Museum
Our History Walter Elwood had been an educator in the Greater Amsterdam School District (GASD) in the early 1900's. Having traveled around the world as a young man, Mr. Elwood became an avid collector of ethnographic materials and natural history items from every corner of the globe. He started his "museum" in the Fifth Ward School on the south side of Amsterdam, and is fondly remembered by many in our community, carrying interesting materials from school to school in an effort to educate students with authentic artifacts and objects. Upon his death in the 1950's, he stipulated that the collection should be left to the Greater Amsterdam School District. Our extensive assortment of approximately 25,000 artifacts fall into four categories: multicultural, Victorian, natural history, and items that relate to Mohawk Valley's colorful industrial past (documentary, photographic and tangible). Since its inception, the museum has served to link school curriculum to the dynamic richness of our common cultural and historic heritage, and has functioned as an intellectual and artistic center for Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley. We offer interactive learning environments, educational classes, and a spectrum of cultural events. We also feature various new exhibits, guest lecturers, and summer school classes in science, math and natural history. The Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley (formally the Mohawk Valley Heritage Association or MVHA) was formed in 1981 to protect this small, school-owned museum. Due to budgetary difficulties, the school district has had to give up staffing the museum, and has turned over management of the collections to our group. We have chosen a new board of trustees to oversee the interests of the museum, have restructured our organizational policies, have received a provisional charter from the New York State Department of Education. We have worked closely with experienced consultants to map out our course for the future, and with vigorous fundraising efforts, are poised for significant growth
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As a cultural center, the Museum inspires curiosity, creativity, and understanding of our past and present. The Museum promotes a dynamic, rich, unified community that values its heritage.

Mission: The Walter Elwood Museum is a gateway to learning using the past to illuminate the present. Utilizing local experience, stories and artifacts, we examine history and culture in all its dimensions. We offer educational programs, unique collections and creative activities to enrich understanding of ourselves and each other

Thank you to Mohawk Carpet Foundation of Mohawk Industries, Inc for the generous donation for 2020.
01/27/2020

Thank you to Mohawk Carpet Foundation of Mohawk Industries, Inc for the generous donation for 2020.

01/20/2020

We have a beautiful former Gym/Exercise space that is not being utilized. We are looking for Yoga, Zumba, Stretch, Pilates, Aerobics and etc. exercise instructors to come and teach classes. We prefer those with certification but we are open to all with experience. We will assist in marketing and promoting the classes on our Social media platforms and website. Class times available currently are from Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Please call the Museum for details if interested in partnering with the Museum to offer great health in our community. Call 518-843-5151 for more information and further details regarding compensation.

Please check out this great upcoming event at the Fulton County Historical Society!
01/16/2020

Please check out this great upcoming event at the Fulton County Historical Society!

We are so grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McCleary and the staff at the Recorder and Members of HAL for thinking of the Elw...
01/06/2020

We are so grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McCleary and the staff at the Recorder and Members of HAL for thinking of the Elwood Museum and donating this wonderful portrait of William J. Kline painted in 1903 by our beloved Mary Vander Veer! Stop by and see it soon!

Updated hours for the museum this week. We will be open on Thursday 1/2 from 10am-3pm &  Friday 1/3 9am-4pm..
12/30/2019

Updated hours for the museum this week. We will be open on Thursday 1/2 from 10am-3pm & Friday 1/3 9am-4pm..

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
12/30/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

Many thanks to U.S Congressman Paul D. Tonko for featuring our museum in his 2019 Holiday card! So grateful!
12/30/2019

Many thanks to U.S Congressman Paul D. Tonko for featuring our museum in his 2019 Holiday card! So grateful!

We have many of these for sale at the museum. They are $10 each. We also have the sets of postcards available for $5 eac...
12/23/2019

We have many of these for sale at the museum. They are $10 each. We also have the sets of postcards available for $5 each set.

Many thanks to the Ramona R. Sheehan Charitable Fund for their donation of $200.00 to the Museum.
12/20/2019

Many thanks to the Ramona R. Sheehan Charitable Fund for their donation of $200.00 to the Museum.

Next week the Museum will be open on Monday 12/23 and Friday 12/27 from 9am-4pm. Stop in and tour our exhibit rooms on y...
12/19/2019

Next week the Museum will be open on Monday 12/23 and Friday 12/27 from 9am-4pm. Stop in and tour our exhibit rooms on your Holiday Vacation.

The Museum has the 2020 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar available. Please stop by to tour our new exhi...
12/18/2019

The Museum has the 2020 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar available. Please stop by to tour our new exhibits and take a calendar (one per family). Great gift for the Holidays especially since there are no HAL 2020 Calendars this year.

12/16/2019

Due to the impending storm if the school district is delayed or closed the museum will follow the schools schedule.

Our Holiday Open House is this Saturday 12/14 from 1-4. Check out the Book Basket Raffle we will have. Over $220 worth o...
12/11/2019

Our Holiday Open House is this Saturday 12/14 from 1-4. Check out the Book Basket Raffle we will have. Over $220 worth of books and most are signed by their local Author.

12/06/2019
12/05/2019

We are trying to figure out who we ordered our poinsettias from last year. We need to order 6 for our holiday open house.. We think it was AHS Booster Club. Please let us know if you do.

Upcoming raffle at our Holiday Open House. Over $220 worth of books and most are signed by their local Author.
12/05/2019

Upcoming raffle at our Holiday Open House. Over $220 worth of books and most are signed by their local Author.

The Museum has the 2020 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar available. Please stop by to tour our new exhi...
12/05/2019

The Museum has the 2020 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar available. Please stop by to tour our new exhibits and take a calendar (one per family). The Calendar has award winning photographs of the Canalways including several in Amsterdam and surrounding areas.

Don't forget our Holiday Open House is next Saturday 12/14 from 1-4. Check out the ornaments we will be making at the ev...
12/05/2019

Don't forget our Holiday Open House is next Saturday 12/14 from 1-4. Check out the ornaments we will be making at the event!

Happy Thanksgiving!Please join us at our holiday open house on SaturdayDecember 14th 1-4pmLive music, crafts and refresh...
11/27/2019

Happy Thanksgiving!
Please join us at our holiday open house on Saturday
December 14th 1-4pm
Live music, crafts and refreshments!

In conjunction with the City of Johnstown’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall State Historic Site will ho...
11/27/2019

In conjunction with the City of Johnstown’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall State Historic Site will hold its Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

To all our homeschooling friends, we offer great STEAM programs and would love to customize a program for your group or ...
11/21/2019

To all our homeschooling friends, we offer great STEAM programs and would love to customize a program for your group or family in the new year.

The Museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday 11/28 & Friday 11/29 we will reopen on Monday at 9am ...
11/21/2019

The Museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday 11/28 & Friday 11/29 we will reopen on Monday at 9am on 12/2. Happy Thanksgiving

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
11/18/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

11/11/2019

Due to the prediction of snow and inclement weather if the Greater Amsterdam School District is delayed or closed tomorrow or Wednesday we will also be delayed or closed.

11/07/2019
Announcing the winners of our 2019 Creepiest Dolls for Halloween Contest...1st Place- Doll #6 with 20 votes.2nd Place- D...
10/31/2019

Announcing the winners of our 2019 Creepiest Dolls for Halloween Contest...

1st Place- Doll #6 with 20 votes.
2nd Place- Doll #5 with 8 votes.
3rd Place- Doll #11 with 3 votes.

**CREEPY DOLL CONTEST**The History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota posted photos of their creepiest dol...
10/30/2019

**CREEPY DOLL CONTEST**
The History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota posted photos of their creepiest dolls for Halloween as seen on the Today Show this week. The Elwood Museum decided that we would join in too. Comment number to vote on which doll do you think is the creepiest for Halloween from our doll collections! Feel free to comment on them as well!

**Save the Date**
10/22/2019

**Save the Date**

We still have additional storage space for motorcycles. Please call or email the museum for more information if interest...
10/01/2019

We still have additional storage space for motorcycles. Please call or email the museum for more information if interested.

Upcoming Camp Days at the Museum... Please call or email the museum if interested :) 518-843-5151 or assistant@walterelw...
09/27/2019

Upcoming Camp Days at the Museum... Please call or email the museum if interested :) 518-843-5151 or [email protected]

Right now we have 4 folks signed up for the Holiday Clay Class. We need a few more to run the class.. Come make some rea...
09/27/2019

Right now we have 4 folks signed up for the Holiday Clay Class. We need a few more to run the class.. Come make some really cool & neat Christmas gifts for your friends and family..

2019-2020 Homeschooling Programs available, If interested please call or email the museum for more information. 518-843-...
09/19/2019

2019-2020 Homeschooling Programs available, If interested please call or email the museum for more information. 518-843-5151 or [email protected]

Presenting our Summer/Fall 2019 Newsletter for your reading enjoyment. Members and Friends of the Elwood please look for...
09/18/2019

Presenting our Summer/Fall 2019 Newsletter for your reading enjoyment. Members and Friends of the Elwood please look for the Newsletter in your mailboxes very soon. Thank you for all your support! Our fall newsletter marks the start of our Annual Membership Drive each year!

Save the date for our Holiday Open House which will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 1-4 pm.
09/06/2019

Save the date for our Holiday Open House which will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 1-4 pm.

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
08/28/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

The museum will be accepting only Motorcycles and Jet Skis for this years winter storage..
08/26/2019

The museum will be accepting only Motorcycles and Jet Skis for this years winter storage..

08/26/2019
This will be the last week of our Walter Tag Sale. The sale is open from 10-3 pm in hopes of cleaning out and helping su...
08/26/2019

This will be the last week of our Walter Tag Sale. The sale is open from 10-3 pm in hopes of cleaning out and helping support the Museum. Adding new stuff each day as we clean and prep our new classroom wing!

Thank you NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and the entire NYS Assembly for this wonderful official proclamation honor...
08/14/2019

Thank you NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and the entire NYS Assembly for this wonderful official proclamation honoring our Museum...

The new plaque in our foyer in memory of Mr. Going...
07/30/2019

The new plaque in our foyer in memory of Mr. Going...

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
07/29/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

We will begin selling our Annual Ice Cream Social Raffle tickets for the two baskets this week. The museum is open for t...
07/22/2019

We will begin selling our Annual Ice Cream Social Raffle tickets for the two baskets this week. The museum is open for ticket purchases Monday-Friday from 10-4pm. Stop by the Museum any week day and meet our Summer Youth Crew from Work Force Solutions, shop our Tag Sale, take a look at a few of our new exhibits and buy some basket raffle tickets!

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo
07/11/2019

Walter Elwood Museum's cover photo

07/10/2019

A big thank you to Max at Stewart's Shops for donating the Ice Cream and Sundae kits for this years Annual Ice Cream Social. We are so happy we will be able to offer sundaes at this years ICS.

Address

100 Church St
Amsterdam, NY
12010

General information

As a cultural center, the Museum inspires curiosity, creativity, and understanding of our past and present. The Museum promotes a dynamic, rich, unified community that values its heritage. Museum Hours Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Evenings and Weekends By appointment only. Please call to confirm hours or to schedule group tours

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(518) 843-5151

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Have a great 2018 Walter Elwood Museum!
🚨🚨🚨 Important Notice🚨🚨🚨 To the community of Amsterdam, this Tuesday, September 26 until Friday 29 we will be in the parking lot next to Dunkin Donuts from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be collecting all kinds of donations to send them to PR (we will not receive money). Put your bit and contribute. You can bring baby clothes, canned food, sanitary towels, cereal, baby food, canned baby milk and anything else they can.Info at https://www.facebook.com/PRrelieffromAmsterdamNY Like & Share to help our brothers who are there. "