The Fair conducts an annual program of 12 days, consisting of exhibits, competitions, and entertainment. This is a broad program involving agriculture, labor, industry, youth, art and home, education and interfaith religious program, Witter Agriculture Museum, The Indian Village, sports, and many more activities.
Early in 1966, an opportunity was offered to the Fair to add a Musical Museum to its program. The Museum was in the process of acquiring one of the last remaining Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organs from B.F. RKO Keiths Theatre in Syracuse was looking for a suitable location in which to install it.
After the approval by the State Fair Advisory Committee and the Women’s Advisory Committee, the State Fair management offered the auditorium of the Harriet May Mills Building to the museum officers as a location in which to install and display the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. This location was accepted by museum officers and during the Fall and Winter of 1966-67, the organ was moved, rehabilitated, and installed in this auditorium.
During this time, no definite agreements of operation were ever written down. However, many discussions were held between the members of the Fair and the Museum. Mutual advantages and values to each organization were clearly apparent. The Fair auditorium provided excellent facilities for the Wurlitzer organ, other rooms in the building could be available for an expanding Musical Museum, the Fairgrounds location is handy and has adequate parking room, and heat, light and power are available. The Museum would be a substantial asset to the Fair at the time of the annual exhibition and would provide a major and interesting addition to the program of year around use of the State Fairgrounds. Like the Witter Museum, Van Wagenen Hall, and the Indian Village, it would add another fine group of people to the expanding list of those who use and support the Fair.
Since members of organizations change with the years, it is now felt that working relationships should be in some measure defined; realizing; however, for each group to realize the greatest advantage a truly cooperative relationship must be maintained.