As sites of public learning where audiences have come to expect both an educational and enjoyable experience, museums, cultural centers and historic sites have an astounding impact on how knowledge and memory is shaped in the public sphere. This presentation discusses several New York State museums and how public memory has impacted past and present community perspectives. One example includes Sainte Marie among the Iroquois Living History Museum, a 1930s replica of a 17th century Jesuit mission located in Syracuse, New York, that is currently being repurposed as Skä•noñh—The Great Law of Peace Center, a Haudenosaunee Educational Center. Other examples will vary according to regional interest. Participants are encouraged to engage in active dialogue about their personal experiences and memories related to museums in their community. The goal is for participants to develop new perspectives regarding how knowledge and public memory are constructed by engaging their own stories in dialogue with others.