Community Members Invited to Share Stories at Fenimore Art Museum's Tell on the Terrace

Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Press Release Contact: 
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:
Publication Date: 
July 2014
COOPERSTOWN, NY -- July 3, 2014 -- The Fenimore Art Museum is the stage for compelling, inspiring, extraordinary stories told around a theme by community members. Tell on the Terrace is an opportunity to connect with friends--and strangers--around memories of real-life experiences and to record valuable oral history. Come join us as a storyteller or a listener at the first Tell on the Terrace event on Sunday, July 13 from 3:00-4:00 pm on the theme Childhood Mischief. 
A series of six live storytelling events, Tell on the Terrace brings together people who want to share something memorable that they have lived through, and people who want to hear it in an informal setting. All stories will be recorded and used for inspiration by local artists in an exhibit this winter. 
  • July 13: Childhood Mischief. Stories of ideas that seemed good at the time, children’s logic, and trouble gotten into and out of; memories of secrets shared with friends hidden in a treehouse, of big scares turned into big laughs, of lessons learned and of awe-filled discoveries. 
  • July 27: Outdoor Adventures. Stories of memorable experiences in the great outdoors: wildlife encounters, survival, and awe; stories alone or in groups, of moments that changed the way we look at the things around us; stories of reflection, meditation, or inspiration. 
  • August 10: (Things Lost in) Changing Times. Stories of things that are no more, of techniques that we no longer have a use for, of ways we used to do things; stories of modernity in motion, and how the latest technology at the time became obsolete. 
  • August 24: My Great Love Story. Stories of strong relationships between people and also with animals, objects, or values; stories of memorable moments shared with that special someone, of dedication, of longing, and of reuniting. 
  • September 14: Around the Dinner Table. Stories of family gatherings, traditions, shared laughs and wise insights; of meals enjoyed, savored and remembered; of families united around their history and their future. 
  • September 28: Small Gestures, Big Consequences. Stories of random acts of kindness of (or to) strangers, of life-changing moments, of insignificant acts with big rewards. 
Tell on the Terrace is free for participants, both those who share a story and those who listen. Participants may also visit the museum's Fenimore Cafe, gift shop, and tour its exhibitions. Museum admission: $12.00 for adults, $10.50 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Admission is free for members of the New York State Historical Association, active military, and retired career military personnel. 
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