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January 2013 



Happy New Year!  Before we tell you about some exciting plans for 2013, we want to quickly reflect on the end of 2012.  Home for the Holidays transformed Roberson during the holiday season and provided another tremendous experience for visitors from near and far. 


We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to volunteers, community organizations and local businesses for your incredible work on this treasured community tradition. And of course, a thank you to the THOUSANDS of visitors who explored the dazzling displays.


CLICK HERE to browse pictures of this year's displays.  


Roberson will re-open to the public January 23.  We're closed now as we transition from Home for the Holidays and prepare for some exciting additions.  


We look forward to sharing some major changes and new exhibitions with you in 2013.  Explore this edition of Confluence for information on some upcoming events.


What's Happening at Roberson...
Roberson Clayworks Beginner Classes
SOLD OUT Success: New Year's Eve Masquerade in the Mansion.
Save the Date: Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour
New Year, New Excitement at Roberson
Roberson Rewards: Membership Program
Call for Artists: 2013 Regional Art Exhibition
Rentals at Roberson: Celebrate your Special Event with us!
Register Now:  Winter/Spring 
Beginner Pottery Classes
Winter 2013 Clayworks

Roberson Clayworks is accepting registrations now for our 12-week Beginner Pottery Courses this winter/spring.  There are three classes available beginning in February; Monday Nights, Tuesday Nights or Saturday Afternoons.  The classes are open to senior high school students and up.  


CLICK HERE to view the schedule and sign up today.   


What you'll experience:  Roberson Clayworks Beginner Pottery students will build a solid foundation in wheel throwing and the basics of hand building.  Class is geared for the student with no clay experience or for those who have taken a class and would like to continue to improve their skills. The entire ceramic process will be covered, including glazing and firing techniques.  Students benefit from taking this class more than once.




SOLD OUT Success: 
Masquerade in the Mansion 
NYE pic
With live music, masks, a rockin' DJ, the Roberson Mansion, belly dancers, contortionists, a tarot card reader and nearly 400 guests dressed to impress, it was an amazing party to ring in 2013!  Roberson and BingSpot would like to thank all of our guests, entertainers and supporters for making it a celebration to remember.  
CLICK HERE for more photos from Masquerade in the Mansion courtesy of BingSpot Photographers. 
Attention Parents: Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour Coming to Roberson!
Dinosaur Train
The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour is coming to Roberson Museum and Science Center!

Join the WSKG Education Department at Roberson on February 23rd from 12pm-4pm for activities, exploration and family-fun! 

Enjoy a meet & greet with Buddy the T-Rex in the Roberson Mansion from 1-3:30. 


All Dinosaur Train activities are free with admission.  General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students/seniors.  Roberson Members and Children 4 and under are Free.  For more information contact 607-772-0660.

Buddy will be there, will you?

New Year Brings New Excitement

2012 was a year of success, growth and good news for Roberson Museum and Science Center.  Thank you!   Your support as members, visitors, donors, community partners and special event attendees is demonstrating how valuable Roberson is to you.


It is you, our community members, that have made the Roberson "ticket" such a hot commodity.  We achieve SOLD OUT standards on many of our events and stage performances.  This was true, also, of our Masquerade in the Mansion New Year's Eve celebration, with nearly 400 guests helping us ring in 2013 in style.


Roberson's story of success is receiving attention in the museum world at the state and national level.  We will proudly be lead panelists at Museumwise's 2013 "Museums in Conversation" conference this April in Syracuse.   Additionally, Roberson's Executive Director Terry McDonald will be presenting at the American Alliance of Museum's national conference in Baltimore this May.  These presentations will highlight the processes and changes we have made to meet and exceed our visionary role in the community.


Roberson Museum and Science Center is also a project award

recipient, part of the Regional Economic Development Council Awards announced in December.  With the award, we will be developing a facilities master plan for our entire campus to ensure a secure and state-of-the-art physical environment.  The Roberson campus includes a historic mansion, museum and historic home listed on the National and State Historic Registers.  We are thrilled to be recognized as an integral part of the plans for economic growth in the Southern Tier.   

Roberson Rewards:

Connecting You to our Community 

What better time than the holiday season to give the gift of membership?  A Roberson Rewards Membership is sure to delight even the "hard to buy for" people on your shopping list!   

Each month we highlight one of the local businesses offering discounts to Roberson Members as a Rewards participant.  This month we spotlight... 


Broadway Theatre League   




The Broadway Theatre League

Reward for Roberson Members:

  • 10% off tickets to any Broadway Theatre League Show.  Get discount at arena box office by showing Rewards Card or online with discount code "Roberson"


If you're not already a member, JOIN TODAY to take advantage of an even more REWARDING membership!



Quick Reference Guide: Upcoming Events
SRO Presents "Godspell" 
Jan. 18-20 and Jan. 25-27
Ticket and show information available from SRO.  CLICK HERE to visit their site. 

Civil War Lecture Series 
$8 adults, $6 students/seniors, Members Free
January 26

"The Emancipation Proclamation in History and Memory."  Presented by Joseph Card from 12-2pm.


February 9

"Freemen and Freedmen Fight for Freedom:  The Story of the Black Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War."  

Presented by Joseph Card from 12-2pm.


Murder Mystery Dinner
February 14 and 15
Roberson is partnering with Half Light Theatre for an exciting night of twists and turns for this year's Murder Mystery in the Ballroom.  Stay tuned to www.roberson.org 

Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour

Sunday, February 23 12-4pm

Enjoy activities, exploration and family-fun! Enjoy a meet & greet with Buddy the T-Rex in the Roberson Mansion.  Free with general admission.  Members Free. 

Call For Entries: 2013 Regional Art Exhibition 
Artists residing within 150 miles of Binghamton, New York are invited to enter works, which have been completed in the last 5 years and have not previously been exhibited at Roberson. Works in all media may be entered, excluding video.

Roberson's Museum Gift Shop

 Roberson's Museum Shop has gifts for everyone.

Explore our unique variety of jewelry, books, toys, ornaments, decorative cards and artwork from local artists.  The shop also features pottery, clothing, canvas bags and more.


Take advantage of high quality items at low gift shop prices.

Whether shopping for yourself or someone else, new items are added daily to Roberson's gift shop, making for a great gift-buying experience.


Give the Gift of Roberson.

Gift Certificates and Roberson Rewards Memberships are available in the Museum Gift Shop. 

CLICK HERE for more information on Roberson's Museum Gift Shop


Roberson's Digital Planetarium

Digital Planetarium

 No matter the weather or time of year, there's always an incredible view of the stars and planets from inside our new Digital Planetarium. 


From astronomy topics to monsters of the deep sea and rockin' laser shows, the new digital software provides fun, reliable and flexible educational programs for school audiences, afterschool programs, summer camps and significantly enhances the visitor experience.


Planning a birthday or fun celebration?  Roberson's Digital Planetarium is available to rent for parties!  Contact Colleen at 772-0660 ext. 211 for more information. 

Planning a Memorable Occasion?

Roberson offers ample space and a great environment in both the mansion and museum, including our beautiful newly restored mansion ballroom.  

Rentals available for any occasion.  Whether it's birthday parties, bridal showers, receptions, social gatherings or corporate events Roberson provides a unique setting to make your event a memorable one!  

For more information on rentals at Roberson click here or call our event coordinator at 607-772-0660 ext. 211

Roberson's Wish List

 If you, your business or someone you know has items you no longer use or would like to donate, please consider a donation to Roberson.




What we could use...




If you're interested in volunteering at Roberson, we want to hear from you.  Volunteer opportunities available for special events and in various museum departments.

Email info@roberson.org if you're interested.


Facilities Wish List

Vacuum Cleaners
Pick-up Truck
 Working vehicles
 (any condition as long as it runs)

Education Department Wish List
School supplies
Craft materials
Plastic Baggies

Event/Rentals Wish List

7' of 8' Artificial Trees
White Lights
Clothing Steamer 
Knives, serving utensils

All donations to Roberson Museum and Science Center are tax deductible. 


Broome County Arts Council
Klee Foundation
Funding for Roberson Museum and Science Center is provided in part by general operating support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
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