Profile of Upcoming Speakers
Christopher Bensch, VP for Collections and Chief Curator The Strong National Museum of Play
RPS Zoom Presentation, May 12, 2021 -Amazingly Fun: The Classic Toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame
Presentation with Objects
What does it take for a toy to earn its way into the National Toy Hall of Fame? Why do some toys start as fads and wind up being timeless? Learn the answers to these and other questions in this entertaining hands-on presentation, complete with examples of the 71 toys presently in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The lecture recounts the surprising histories of some of America’s best-loved toys—Barbie, GI Joe, the Slinky, the Hula Hoop—and offers a glimpse of their paths to hall of fame status. And, if your favorite toy hasn’t received the recognition it so richly deserves, you can nominate it!
Timothy Cosgriff – Suny Empire State College
RPS Zoom Presentation, June 9, 2021 – Tim Cosgriff will talk about the role of the SUNY Empire State College throughout higher education in the United States.