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From the Director
In an effort to save money and to
upgrade our lighting fixtures, we
have had an energy audit completed
and are now reviewing the written
proposal which includes both the
Academic Building and the LeRoy
House. The cost of the entire project
exceeds $7,000 but nearly 2/3 of the
cost can be covered by National Grid.
At this time, the Board of Trustees is
reviewing the proposal and verifying
the contractors qualified to do the
work. Hopefully this project can be
completed before we open for the
summer tourist season.
For the months of January, Febru-
ary and March the Jell-O Gallery is
usually closed onweekends,however
we will be open during the weekend
of the Martin Luther King holiday in
January, and the two weekends of
the February recess.
The Board of Trustees, has under-
taken the laborious task of bringing
up to date the SOP. Sections of the
SOP have been updated recently,
such as the collections policy and the
By-Laws, but it has been nearly 10
years since the SOP was completely
reviewed.
Unfortunately the information was
stored on old floppy discs and was in-
accessible. Through the efforts of the
President Dan Cote and Board Mem-
ber Bob Collette, the SOP has been
reentered and is being reviewed, up-
dated, and corrected. In addition, as
part of the organizational review, the
Board is reviewing and updating the
job descriptions for all the commit-
tees and officers. The entire review
and update will probably continue
this year, but when complete, will put
the organization in a better position
for the future.
As mentioned in another section of
the newsletter, we are make prepara-
tions for a new exhibit for the sum-
mer of 2014. This will truly be an
interactive exhibit, with games and
toys set up throughout LeRoy House
as well as on the back porch. This ex-
hibit became finalized with the dona-
tion of “playable” games and toys by
Judy Jensen. Through the year, this
newsletter will include information
about the exhibit and will be asking
for your help to document how peo-
ple in LeRoy played.
one-third of American homes had a
Scrabble set.
Chinese Checkers
is neither from
China nor is it a variation of checkers.
It was invented in Germany in 1892
under the name “Stern-Halma as a
variation of an older American game,
Halma which is played on a square
configuration. The German name
stern, refers to the star configuration.
In the United States, the game was
introduced as “Hop Ching Checkers”
by Bill and Jack Pressman. In 1928,
they changed the name to Chinese
Checkers. Strange as it seems, it was
the Japanese who introduced Chi-
nese Checkers to China.
Hickety Pickety
was introduced
in 1924 by Parker Brothers and was
a game for young children that used
a spinner to direct players to fill nests
with small wooden colored eggs.
Clue
is a popular murder-mystery
board game that was originally pub-
lished by Waddingtons in Leeds,
England in 1949 under the name of
Cluedo. The game was created by
Anthony Pratt, a law clerk who also
worked as a children’s entertainer.
Waddingtons in England and Parker
Brothers in the United States, each
manufactured their own editions
between 1949 and 1992.Hasbro pur-
chased both companies in the early
1990s and continued to produce
unique editions until 2002 when the
current edition was released.
Chutes and Ladders
is based
on an ancient Indian board game
known as Moksha Patam – translated
as the “ladder to salvation.” It dates
to the 16th century. It made its way
to England as “Snakes and Ladders”
and was introduced to the United
States by Milton Bradley in 1943 as
“Chutes and Ladders. One source
says that the phrase “back to square
one” originated with this game.
Sorry
was trademarked in England
on May 21, 1929 by William Henry
Storey. It was manufactured byWad-
dingtons beginning in 1934 and in
the United States by Parker Brothers.
It was based on an ancient game of
the Cross and Circle called Pachisi.
The name is derived from the apol-
ogy made when a player impedes
progress of another.
PARLOR GAMES
Tiddlywinks
can be spelled in a
variety of ways: tiddly, tiddely, tidley,
and tidledy. It was created by Joseph
Assheton Fincher of London and
trademarked in England in 1889 as
Tiddledy-Winks. Since then, over 70
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