Hands-On History: Experiences of Hometown Life

Ongoing Exhibit

Girl playing in doll house at the hands-on exhibit

The hands-on exhibits in the museum’s DeLong House encourage visitors to explore everyday life in the Glens Falls area over time – not just in the distant past, but in recent memory, too. Each room focuses on a different aspect of life — school, music, family time and “unusual things” — the weird and curious items that make life interesting.


School Days — We may share many memories of our school days, but our experiences are uniquely shaped by the schools we attended, memorable teachers, and historical events.

Family Time – Today time spent with family is an important part of everyday life. Whether watching TV, listening to the radio, or playing a game, our idea of family time has changed.

Music Memories – Music has been an important part of everyday life, whether played on instruments or experienced at a concert, on the radio or a personal listening device.

Weird & Curious – As we experience everyday life we encounter fascinating things that become part of the fabric of family stories and legends and a community’s unique character.

The story of Hometown Life is far from complete, particularly for the decades after World War II. Visitors are invited to add their own experiences; share memories and family photos, too.