On Thursday, April 10, Amanda Dargan and Steve Zeitlin of City Lore will present Poetry Duels in the Americas at the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium in Cooperstown, NY at 7:30 p.m. The lecture focuses on the oral tradition of poetry contests, as practiced in Trinidad. Participants perform improvised poems in musical form to ridicule or challenge their competitor and win the title of master poet. The lecture will include footage of interviews with Trinidadian extempo masters and actual performances.
The Cooperstown Graduate Program, the premier program for the training of museum professionals, invites each year nationally known folklorists to share their research and experiences in a free public presentation. Folklorists collect the traditional stories, beliefs, and songs of a people, handed down through oral traditions. While poetry attracted Zeitlin to folklore, Amanda Dargan first took interest in traditional stories and songs as a result of a gift.
She said, “My father had brought home a book for me from the 25 cent bin of Alan Lomax’s Folk Songs USA with the cover torn off and in the back it listed all these recordings in the Library of Congress.” Born in 1915, Alan Lomax traveled across the country collecting and recording folk music for the Library of Congress. Dargan wrote to the Library of Congress to ask about the recordings and received a packet of information along with a list of academic programs in folklore.
Now Zeitlin serves as Executive Director and Dargan as Education Director at City Lore, a New York City based organization. City Lore presents programs and projects dedicated to documenting the culture, arts, music, oral traditions, and poetry of New York City and the United States. At city Lore they have also pursued their interest in poetry and have offered programs, such as the People’s Poetry Gathering, a biennial poetry festival in lower Manhattan.
Please join us for this exciting and informative event on Thursday, April 10 at the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium at 7:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. Funding has been made possible by the Cooperstown Rotary and the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Post 7128 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Cooperstown Graduate Program is jointly sponsored by the State University College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. CGP offers an intensive two-year program leading to a Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies.
For more information, please contact:
The Cooperstown Graduate Program
Phone: (607) 547-2586/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., March 24, 2008—The Bucks County Historical Society in picturesque Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is the destination for a members’ and guests’ day trip sponsored by the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) on Sunday, May 4, 2007.
Members and guests will experience the legacy of Henry C. Mercer, noted tile-maker, archaeologist, artist, writer, and leader in the turn-of-the-century American Arts and Crafts movement, with a visit to National Historic Landmarks, the Mercer and Fonthill Museums and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Trip goers will enjoy exploring Mercer’s castle-like home, Fonthill, a concrete building with 44 rooms representing many of the personal interests of Mercer including thousands of European and American prints, and decorative ceramic tiles from around the world; The Moravian Pottery, where handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery’s founder; and the Mercer Museum, a six-story structure brimming with Mercer’s vast collection of early American everyday objects. Visitors will find more than 60 Early American crafts and trades represented, including a wealth of woodworking, metalworking, agricultural, textile, and dairy tools. An audio guide, changing exhibits, hands-on activities and museum shop enhance your visit.
The motorcoach will depart from The Farmers’ Museum parking lot, located on 5775 State Route 80, Lake Road, Cooperstown at 6:30 am and return at approximately 10:00 pm. The motorcoach will also be picking up and dropping off at the Oneonta Bus Lines Terminal. The cost is $75 NYSHA members/$85 non-members. Reservations are required by April 21; payment is due at the time of registration. There will be no refunds given after April 21. Seating is limited; please call Carla Eckler, Manager of Membership, at (607) 547-1425 to reserve your space.
About the New York State Historical Association
The New York State Historical Association is committed to engaging and connecting a broad public audience to New York State’s unique cultural heritage through exhibitions, extensive library collections, statewide educational programs, and publications that provoke, delight, and inspire. Founded in 1899, NYSHA is a private, non-profit, membership-based, educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting, and interpreting art and historical artifacts significant to New York State’s rich history and American culture. The Association’s remarkable collections, showcased in the Fenimore Art Museum, comprise some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre paintings including seminal works by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount and Benjamin West; the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures; and one of the nation’s most comprehensive and significant folk art collections. NYSHA’s Research Library holdings include over 90,000 volumes on American, New York State, and local history. For more information on the Association, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Research Library, or Membership, please call (607) 547-1400 or visit www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326
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Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: email@example.com