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A century of furniture making has its advantages.  At Stickley, we have amassed thousands of items that stretch from Gustav's earliest Arts & Crafts furniture to freshly cut, fragrantly finished new products straight from our factory floor.  Stickley furniture can be found in many of America's best museums, from the Metropolitan Museum in New York to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Art Institute of Chicago, so it was only natural for us to create a public exhibition of our Well Crafted Legacy—Stickley furniture.

The idea of creating a museum has been in our hearts for years, and we are so proud to open our history to the public—in our original factory, no less! Ideas began to fly soon after we moved into our state-of-the-art factory down the road in Manlius in 1985.  During the move we discovered a treasure trove of historic Stickley materials tucked in old closets and under floorboards.  Our oldest and dearest friends donated some early furniture to complement our pieces, and throughout the 1990s the collection grew.

In 2003 we sold the old factory to the Fayetteville Free Library.  Since that time, they have built the library into a wonderfully vibrant asset to the Fayetteville community.  We knew the time had come - adding our museum to the site would create a unique and valuable cultural center.

We began working with the State University of New York's Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies in 2005.  The school's professional skills, joined with the knowledge and know-how of Stickley staff, has resulted in an internationally significant museum project.  Students were able to gain valuable experience in museum building and decorative arts curating.  Stickley had access to the resources of the nation's premier program for the training of museum professionals.  Our collaboration yielded an inaugural exhibit.

The Stickley Museum, along with this website, intends to educate the public on the contributions made by Stickley to the American way of life.  We invite you to explore Stickley history, remind you that we continue to generate memories every day, and ask you to share any Stickley stories—both memories and memorabilia—with us.

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