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Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
May 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, NY — Visit The Farmers’ Museum for its lively Memorial Day Weekend event on Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 24, from 10 am to 5 pm. The event brings together the popular Heritage Plant Sale, the season opening of the Children's Barnyard and the premier of the new exhibition, Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip. Across the street at the Fenimore Art Museum, you can also enjoy the opening of the major exhibition entitled America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900.

On both days, there will be plenty of animals to see at the Farm.  The Children's Barnyard offers visitors the chance to see their favorite farm animals up close.  See the baby lambs or take a wagon ride.  From time to time, the oxen team will make its way through the historic village.  And don't forget the hand-carved animals on the Empire State Carousel!

The annual Heritage Plant Sale will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be able to purchase heritage plants and seeds, including plants and cuttings from The Farmers’ Museum’s Botanical Specimen Garden. Medicinal herbs, ornamental and dye plants, heirloom-variety vegetable seeds, and other garden accessories will also be on sale.

On Saturday, the new exhibition, Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip, will open to the public. Inspired by the Empire State Carousel at The Farmers' Museum, this insightful exhibition showcases some of the animals on the Carousel, and explores their natural history, mythology, social history, art history and use in pop culture.
Join fictional characters Lulu and Max as they travel across the state in search of the animals that make New York their home.  Learn amazing facts about each throughout their journey.

Across the road, the Fenimore Art Museum presents the first major exhibition on the topic of American artists’ depictions of 19th-century Rome - America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900. The exhibition brings together the most influential artists of the period, placing them within the timeless backdrop of the Eternal City and its ancient surroundings.  View over 100 works by celebrated artists including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Thomas Hicks, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Kensett and others.

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The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, two distinct institutions that together explore and present the diverse history, art, and culture of rural American life, are located across from each other on Lake Road, Route 80, in Cooperstown, NY. Admission to each museum 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 both museums and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. Fenimore Art Museum is open from April 1 through December 31; The Farmers’ Museum is open 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.fenimoreartmuseum.org and www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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