Your Beat editor’s favorite GI Joe set.Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing at National Toy Hall of Fame Weekend, Nov. 7 & 8

Rochester, NY -- Get reacquainted with the greatest toys of all time in a new, lavishly illustrated book, Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame, by Scott G. Eberle, Vice President for Interpretation at Strong National Museum of Play®. Eberle will be at the museum during National Toy Hall of Fame® Weekend, November 7 & 8, for an illustrated talk and book signing at 1:00 p.m. each day. (The weekend of toy-filled games, crafts, and family activities follows on the heels of a press conference held in the hall Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:30 a.m., when this year's toy inductees will be officially announced.)  Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame is a book about toys, but not just any toys! These are the toys that have been inducted into the prestigious National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong National Museum of Play. They are the toys Americans have grown up with and still love today. In this richly illustrated coffee-table compendium of photos, anecdotes, and fascinating historical facts, you will discover how these toys came to be-who invented them, how they were made, where they were sold, why we played with them, and what made them so popular. Meet Barbie® and G.I. JoeTM, Raggedy Ann & AndyTM, and Mr. Potato Head®. Learn about Monopoly® and Candy Land®, Tinkertoys® and Teddy Bears, Yo-Yos and Hula Hoops®. Recall the joys of your first Baby Doll or Lionel® Train, Roller Skates or Radio Flyer®, Lincoln Logs® or Jacks. From Tonka® Trucks to View-Masters®, from Slinkys® to Silly Putty®, from Crayola® Crayons to Erector® Sets-these are the toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations Says Eberle, "The book connects us with our memories by reminding us how we played, where we played, who we played with, and what we learned while we were playing. These play events were very personal, formative experiences for each of us. Most of all they were fun. But the interesting thing is that we shared these individual experiences with millions of others. So to think about these toys, as I do in this book, is to rediscover our history." Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame (November 2009; Running Press; Hardcover; $29.95) makes a great holiday gift idea and is available for purchase at a variety of retailers including the museum's two shops, Wegmans,, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. Scott G. Eberle is Vice President of Interpretation at Strong National Museum of Play. He oversees exhibit development and other interpretive projects and writes for the museum's Playstuff blog. He is also Acquisitions Editor for the American Journal of Play, the museum's interdisciplinary quarterly journal. Eberle lives in Buffalo, New York.


Strong National Museum of Play® (, located in downtown Rochester, New York, is the only museum in the world devoted solely to the study of play as it illuminates American culture. Museum Hours:Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.;Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.Admission Fees:General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):Adults $10.00; Seniors $9.00; Children (2-15) $8.00; Children younger than two free; Strong members free. Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®:General Admission fee plus $1.50 for members, $3.00 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, you will be directed to additional parking at neighboring municipal garages (fees may apply). Contact: Susan Trien 585-410-6359