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June 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown was presented with the Community Partnership Award by Opportunities for Otsego Head Start at its annual Community Partnership and Appreciation Breakfast that took place June 2 at the Holiday Inn - Oneonta.

"For the past nine years, Opportunities for Otsego Head Start has enjoyed an ever expanding and evolving partnership with The Farmers' Museum, and this morning we are delighted to formally recognize those efforts and contributions to our programs," said Pat Levis, Education/Disabilities Supervisor for Opportunities for Otsego Head Start. The Museum was recognized for its  "extraordinary dedication and service to our children and families."

A collaboration between The Museum and Opportunities for Otsego Head Start culminated in classroom visits by The Farmers' Museum's education staff to all Otsego County Head Start locations and a "free day" at both The Farmers' Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum for all Head Start and Early Head Start children and their families, supported with funding from the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts and The Gorman Foundation.  "In May, more than 500 children and adults spent a beautiful spring day exploring all that the Museums have to offer - to the mutual and continuing benefit of all," Levis added.

"The Farmers' Museum is honored to receive this recognition and looks forward to continuing to serve the children, families, and staff of Opportunities for Otsego Head Start," said D. Stephen Elliott, President of NYSHA and The Farmers' Museum.

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Photo Caption:  (Left to right) Garet Livermore, Vice President of Education for the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum; Pat Levis, Education/Disabilities Supervisor for Opportunities for Otsego Head Start; and D. Stephen Elliott, President of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum are shown during the recent Head Start visit to the Museums in May.

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 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, and 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, 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 11 and October 13 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:
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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