Membership in the National Carousel Association
Membership in the NCA:
The National Carousel Association was founded in the fall of 1973 in Sandwich,
Massachusetts, by a group of nearly 100 people who shared a common love
of the wooden hand-carved carousel. From that occasion there has developed
an organization of more than 500 members from the U.S. and Canada.
Now well established,
the NCA is devoted to promoting the appreciation, conservation
and enjoyment of the art of the classic carousel. Primary goals include
protecting operating carousels still in existence, providing restoration
and historical information, and promoting awareness of this unique art
form. Programs with museums and contacts with operators of working carousels
have encouraged preservation of fine old machines. Numerous carousels
have been designated as National Historic Sites and several have been
named National Historic Landmarks through the efforts of individuals and
the NCA. Partial funding for many of these carousel preservation projects
has been from grants made available through the NCA's Preservation Fund.
NCA members have been involved in the preservation and restoration of such
carousels as those at Santa Monica Pier, California; Hartford, Connecticut;
Forest Park, Queens, New York; Rexburg, Idaho; Burlington, Colorado; Portland,
Oregon and New Philadelphia, Ohio to name just a few.
and backgrounds range from carousel owners and operators to park owners,
professional restorers, artists, photographers, band organ buffs and people
who just love to ride and admire merry-go-rounds.
Every year in late summer or early fall, 200-300 National Carousel Association members gather for the annual convention. The site of this four to five day fun-filled event is different from year to year to allow members to not only admire and ride as many different carousels as possible, but to offer an opportunity for carousel enthusiasts to tour different regions of the United States and Canada. Information on the annual convention is mailed three months in advance to allow ample time to make travel arrangements and/or to schedule a mini-vacation on either side of the convention.
Conventions in past
years have been as far north as Sandwich, MA and Burnaby, B.C., and as
far west as San Diego, California. NCA members have traveled to Atlantic
City, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Members have visited and
supported the restoration of carousels from Sandusky, Ohio to the mountains
of Colorado. On the closing night of the convention, a banquet and an
auction are held with all proceeds going to the National Carousel Association's
A subscription to our quarterly publication, the Merry-Go-Roundup is included with every membership.
Memberships are based on the calendar year (January through December). Those who are members for the entire calendar year will receive four printed copies of our quarterly publication, the Merry-Go-Roundup. Members joining after one or more issues of the Merry-Go-Roundup for the current year have been mailed will receive printed versions of the issues that they missed, but only while supplies last. When the missed issues are no longer available, members will still be able to access the online version of the missed issues.
For members joining October 1 through early December, the membership fee will be applied to the following year. However, they will receive the winter issue of the Merry-Go-Roundup, which is the final issue of the year usually mailed out in mid-December, as well as the four copies for the following year.
Online access to our full collection of Merry-Go-Roundup issues in PDF format is available to all current NCA members beginning with 2024 memberships!