On August 11–12, Blacksmith’s Weekend at The Farmers’ Museum brings together blacksmiths from across New York State demonstrating traditional tool and hardware making in the 1827 Field Blacksmith Shop and outside on the Green. Families, scout groups, amateur blacksmiths, and anyone interested in seeing traditional craft at work are invited to enjoy a day with us at the museum. Activities throughout the historic village and farmstead will captivate all family members.
This special weekend focuses on the versatility of the blacksmith's craft. A skilled blacksmith and farrier will be shoeing horses. There will be lots of coal smoke and hot iron as blacksmiths make a full set of barn door hinges, hasp, and handles. "Blacksmiths' Weekend" is a way to experience history first-hand at the museum, bringing the past to life and enriching our lives today.
All Step Back in Time Weekends are held at the museum from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. Through Labor Day 2012, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
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, 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org