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Museum to remember Peter Cook with free Carousel Rides

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 Peter and Pat Cook were instrumental in the acquisition of the 1928 carousel.


/L. Cirivello

 In 1981 Peter C. Cook, and his wife Pat were leaders in the Grand Rapids Public Museum campaign to acquire an antique Carousel and to build the pavilion to house the featured attraction. The prominent stone and glass structure bears their name. 

In remembrance of Peter Cook, who passed away on November 28th, at the age of 96, the museum will be providing a free carousel ride to each Museum visitor on Tuesday, December 7th, as well an annually on Mr. Cook’s birthday, May 9th.
The fully-restored 1928 Spillman Engineering Co. Carousel with its 50 hand-carved horses and menagerie animals is a popular attraction at GRPM, and is remembered by museum staff and supporters as an amazing gift.
“Peter’s reputation as a generous donor can be seen not only in the Museum, but throughout the Grand Rapids community,” shares Dale Robertson, Museum President and CEO.  “It is in celebration of his inspirational and giving spirit that we celebrate his legacy by giving back to our community.”
The Museum will be open from 9am-8pm on December 7.  Each guest that day will receive a free ride pass at the front desk. 

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 No one goes to the museums, art prize had them full and free, the museum should offer children free carousel rides every day of the year, not just one or two days that are already past. Who knows how many people will love learning about history , art or President Ford if we think it's best to lock them out.  Have a little faith and give freedom a chance. All it costs is maybe sweeping the floor of the smiles left behind. Enough photos of empty saddles, empty buildings and empty dreams.