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Students Sought for Young Interpreter Program at The Farmers’ Museum

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., APRIL 8, 2008—The Farmers' Museum is seeking applicants for its Young Interpreter Program. This popular summer program teaches students about rural New York's past by pairing them with museum staff. Students ages 12 to 14 as of May 1, 2008, are invited to apply. A limited number of students will be accepted for the program; the application process is competitive.

The Young Interpreter Program began in 1993. Participants in the program will work side-by-side with museum staff to learn about America’s past, develop new skills, and share their knowledge with museum visitors. Young interpreters will have the opportunity to work in various selected sites throughout the museum including: Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop, Bump Tavern, Lippitt Farmhouse, Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy, The Middlefield Printing Office, Filer's Corners Schoolhouse, and the Country Fair.

Young interpreters are expected to work one day a week for a period of eight weeks, beginning the last week in June and ending the last week in August. Students who would like to participate should submit a one or two page letter expressing their interest and reasons for wanting to be a Young Interpreter, as well as an explanation of where they would like to work and why, to: Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers' Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Letters of application must be received by May 1. Letters of reference are not necessary. A committee of museum staff will review applications. Candidates may be asked for an interview. Applicants will be chosen based on their commitment and interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public. Students applying for the Young Interpreter Program must have parental permission and transportation to the museum during the course of the program.

About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1944, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late-nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring the Cardiff Giant and The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open to the public daily from April 1 through October 31, with special events throughout the year. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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April 2008
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The Farmers' Museum Opens for the 2008 Season on April 1

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., March 26, 2008—The Farmers’ Museum opens for the 2008 season on April 1 for self-guided visits of selected buildings in the historic village and barnyard. From April 1 through May 12, the museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm, closed on Mondays. Summer hours begin on May 13 and continue through Columbus Day, October 13. During the summer season, the museum is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.

Back by popular demand will be the major exhibition Ice Cream: Our Cool Obsession in the museum’s Main Barn—here, visitors will be taken on a delectable journey through the rich history of America’s favorite treat, Ice Cream. Through historical artifacts, contemporary and historical photography, and a children’s interactive area, viewers will learn about the world’s first ice creams—primitive water ices made with juices and wines circa 336-323 BCE—and their development into the ice cream flavors we enjoy today. The exhibition also features a retro ice cream parlor, where visitors can enjoy their favorite ice cream novelties.

Also on view in the Museum’s Main Barn exhibition space beginning May 13 will be Working the Land: Early Agricultural Tools and Machinery located on the second floor, which looks at the richness of New York State’s farming tradition through an authentic collection of early agricultural implements and equipment. The Children’s Barnyard and Country Fair will also open to the public on May 13.

The Farmers’ Museum’s 2008 season will be in full swing beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday, May 25 from 10 am to 3 pm. The event brings a plethora of wool-related demonstrations together with the popular Heritage Plant Sale, the premiere of the major new exhibition, Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel at the Fenimore Art Museum, the grand opening of the newly renovated 1818 Jonas More House in the museum’s historic village, the unveiling of a new portrait panel of jazz legend Louis Armstrong for the beloved Empire State Carousel, and much more!

The museum ends its 2008 season with its autumn schedule: October 14 - October 31, the museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. The museum is closed to the general public in November and December except for special programming and events. Things That Go Bump in the Night Halloween Tours will be offered on October 17 & 18 and October 24 & 25. Thanksgiving at The Farmers’ Museum will be held on November 28 and 29, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and central New York’s brightest holiday tradition, Candlelight Evening, will be held December 21.

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About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Registrar for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region, including barnyard activities for children; cheese-making, blacksmithing, and quilt-making workshops for families and adults; and technical workshops for farmers, both professional and amateur.

The Farmers’ Museum’s adjacent sister institution, the Fenimore Art Museum, is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. The museum also offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults and organizes and hosts nationally touring art and history exhibitions.

The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. From April 1 through May 12 and October 14 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio, Public Relations Office
The Farmers’ Museum
P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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March 2008
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The Farmers' Museum Offers Hands-on Craft Workshops this Spring

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., MARCH 11, 2008—The Farmers’ Museum is pleased to offer a series of exciting hands-on craft workshops highlighting 19th-century traditional crafts from March 29 through June 21. The workshop series will continue through summer and fall.

A Day on the Farm
March 29, 10 am – 4 pm
Fee: $75

In this one-day workshop, Gwen Miner, supervisor of domestic arts, will demonstrate some of the basic activities and tasks that were necessary to keep a nineteenth-century house and kitchen running.  Participants will learn the basics of building and maintaining a fire, cooking over an open fire and fire management, and will prepare a meal for themselves using period recipes and natural ingredients.  Participants will also take part in making a batch of soap, dipping candles, and making soft cheese.

Oval Rug Braiding
April 19 & 20, 9 am – 4 pm
Fee: $140, plus $30 materials fee

Join Helen Condon of Adirondack Rug Braiding and learn how to make an oval rug.  Students will learn how to make an heirloom from discarded clothing—recycling at its best!

Happy Healthy Hen House
April 26, 9 am – 1 pm
Fee: $40

This half-day workshop will introduce participants to techniques and information about the care and housing of chickens.  Learn about historic and contemporary methods of breed selection, nutrition, housing, management and general care for raising your own backyard flock.  Come prepared to work in The Farmers’ Museum’s barnyard.

In the Medicine Cabinet
May 10, 10 am – 1 pm
Fee: $40

This workshop will cover growing, harvesting, and wild crafting of about fifteen herbs.  In addition, instruction will be given for producing medical preparations from the various herbs.  Preparations will include oils (hot and cold infused), ointments, compresses, tinctures, infusions, and decoctions.

Beekeeping
May 17, 9 am – 1 pm
Fee: $40

Are you interested in learning about the ancient art and science of beekeeping?  This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of keeping bees.  We will discuss the different ways to get started as a beekeeper and prepare you for the tasks involved.  You will also learn some of the history and folklore of beekeeping.

Udder to Butter
June 7, 8 am – 12 pm
Fee: $40

Join the farm staff in a unique opportunity to watch the process of transformation from milk to butter.  We will start in the barn where you will try your hand at milking the cow and end in the kitchen enjoying our freshly made butter on toast.  Participants will separate cream and churn butter using historic and contemporary methods.

Letterpress Printing
June 21, 9 am – 4 pm
Fee: $75

This full-day workshop will give participants the opportunity to create their own letterpress “masterpiece” by using nineteenth-century type, cuts, and presses.  Participants will be walked through the process of setting and locking in type, inking and printing their own copies.

All workshops are held at The Farmers’ Museum. Registration is required for all workshops, please call (607) 547-1461 or toll-free (888) 547-1450 for information and reservations.

Coming up in the fall, The Farmers’ Museum will offer programming highlighting decorative arts and design including country tin painting, wood carving, and creating beautifully decorated family records. Also, be sure to join us on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, for The Farmers’ Museum’s Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, where we will be previewing these fascinating traditional crafts.

About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1944, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late-nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open to the public daily from April 1 through October 31, with special events throughout the year. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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March 2008
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Visit The Farmers' Museum's Historic Bump Tavern for a Taste of the 1800s

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., MARCH 4, 2008—Escape to the 1800s with The Farmers’ Museum’s popular program, Evening at the Tavern, and delight in music and merriment topped off with an authentic period dinner. Evening at the Tavern will be offered on Saturday, March 15 & 29, and April 12 & 26 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Guests will enjoy an evening dining experience featuring a four-course candlelit meal, period music and games, and old-fashioned hospitality in the museum’s historic Bump Tavern. The menu is designed and based on the research of foods that were served in rural 19th-century New York taverns. Dinner includes soup, vegetables, roast meat, fresh bread, and dessert. During the evening, guests will be offered a tour of the historic tavern with the museum’s interpretative hosts, learning about the history of taverns and travel in the 19th century.

Bump Tavern was built by Jehiel Tuttle in the late 1790s in the village of Ashland, Greene County, New York. Strategically located on the Catskill and Windham Turnpike, the resting spot served cattle drovers and other travelers passing through the area. The tavern was purchased in 1842 by Ephraim Bump, who expanded the building and updated the Federal period architecture with Greek revival porches. In 1952, Bump Tavern was moved to Cooperstown, where it became part of the collection of historic buildings at The Farmers’ Museum.

Space is limited; reservations are required and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Full payment is required in advance by check or credit card. The fee, which includes the complete meal and an unforgettable experience, is $60; $55 for members of the New York State Historical Association. Wine and beer will be available for an additional fee. For more information or to make reservations by phone, call (888) 547-1450.

The Evening at the Tavern experience is sponsored by Brewery Ommegang.

About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1944, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late-nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring the Cardiff Giant and The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open to the public daily from April 1 through October 31, with special events throughout the year. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information and images, please contact:
Christine Liggio, Public Relations Manager
The Farmers’ Museum
(607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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March 2008
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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties at The Farmers' Museum
(Offered March - December)

The Bronze Package - $125 for Members $150 for Non-Members

This package includes admission for 12 children and 3* adults to The Farmers’ Museum. Unlimited free rides on the carousel and reserved space for 1.5 hours.  This package is offered April through December.
$45 to add a hands-on activity to this birthday package

$6 per extra child

The Silver Package – $175 for Members $225 for non-members

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Historic Structures - Cornwallville Church

Cornwallville Church

Date: 1795

Origin: Cornwallville, Greene County, NY

Builder: Unknown

Original owner:

Info: This church first served a congregation in East Durham. It was then moved to serve the Cornwallville Methodist Episcopal congregation of Cornwallville, Greene County. At one end of the village green, it continues to host community events such as weddings and concerts.

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Historic Structures - Williams Carriage Shed

Williams Carriage Shed

Date: 1825

Origin: Clinton, Oneida County, NY

Builder: Unknown

Original owner: Williams, Othniel (?-1832)/ West Park Row Corp.

Info: The Williams Carriage Shed was originally part of the estate of Othniel Williams, a lawyer in Clinton as well as a Trustee and the Treasurer of Hamilton College. The Williams family owned several carriages.

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