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Personal Collection Series


Personal Collections Series

In 2017 at the TAUNY Center, we will showcase personal collections from individuals around our region. Each collection has a special connection to the North Country; most of the items were originally produced or utilized here. These collections represent the diversity of interests in our region along with the deep-rooted history of folk culture over the past century or more. Each item holds intrinsic value for these collectors and their families, and we at TAUNY are deeply grateful to be able to display these items for the benefit of the public.

The Personal Collections series is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Current Personal Collection Series Exhibit

Personal Collection Series:  

Fiddles from Rick Streeter of

the Adirondack Playboys Band

August 26, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Our next Personal Collection Series exhibit features fiddles from the collection of Rick Streeter, the fiddler in The Adirondack Playboys Band, one of TAUNY’s 2016 North Country Heritage Award recipients. The Adirondack Playboys (also known as the Streeter Family Band) are a multi-generational square dance band based around Lewis County, particularly Beaver Falls and Croghan. Rick Streeter is an experienced fiddler and learned to play fiddle from his dad, Ralph, who was the original fiddler in the band. Ralph collected fiddles for many years, buying them in garage sales and antique shops throughout the region. After Ralph’s passing, Rick inherited the collection of over 60 fiddles and has continued collecting ever since then. He even started making his own fiddles around 1989. The red and black fiddle that Rick now plays was part of his dad’s original collection, though he stripped and refinished it to his liking. The fiddles, now numbering over seventy, hang all over the walls of his home - quite a sight to be seen.

This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Cloudsplitter Foundation.


Upcoming Personal Collection Series Exhibits

Personal Collection Series:

Cookie Cutters from the Collection of the Miller Family

Opens November 18

Past Personal Collection Series Exhibits

Personal Collection Series:

Guideboat Paddles and More from the Collection of Ted Comstock, Saranac Lake

July 8, 2017 - August 19, 2017

Personal Collection Series: Antique Tools from the Backus Family Collection

May 13, 2017 - June 24, 2017

Personal Collection Series: Judy Rexford's Buttons

March 11, 2017 - April 29, 2017


Personal Collection Series: Jerry Lincoln's Decoys

January 14, 2017 - February 25, 2017


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