The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has a story about how "the National Museum of American History opened Wegmans Wonderplace on Wednesday as the first National Mall exhibit tailored for children 6 and younger who want to touch, hold and climb their way to learning."
Wegmans is "underwriting the $1.5 million cost of the exhibit, with a 20-year commitment ... The exhibit includes a tugboat, a climbing tower, a small replica of the kitchen used by the late chef Julia Child and a kid-sized farm stand."
The story notes that "the National Mall exhibit is a marquee philanthropic commitment. The Smithsonian museums, which are free to the public and open 364 days a year, depend heavily on philanthropy to supplement the money they get from Congress. During tourist season, the exhibit is expected to draw families from throughout the nation as well as from abroad."
Meanwhile, the paper also reports that Wegmans "has released a gold anniversary logo to celebrate its 100th year in business, which occurs in 2016." The company has grown from a single store in Rochester, New York, to an 88 store chain with units in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts, with at least a dozen new stores in the pipeline.
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