Introduction

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

In 2015, The Farmers’ Museum continued its long-standing tradition of being a mainstay of family-friendly education and entertainment for the region. We successfully expanded upon our range of programming, entering into the second season of Dramatic Interpretation with new historical vignettes on the Women’s Suffrage Movement while offering the daily craft and trade interpretation that our constituency has come to expect. Our Special Events were, as always, major happenings in the community, highly anticipated and well attended. Overall attendance for the museum was up 1.5% for the year, continuing the upward trend established by the 7% increase in 2014.

Another offering that we have been building is the annual conference, A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community, which in 2015 truly established itself as a premier opportunity for local farmers to gather and share ideas and concerns. It has met the need for those in the agricultural community to stay connected and informed. We called attention to these farmers in our new exhibition Farming’s New Era: From Field to Table in New York State, which featured a variety of local farms and the ways in which they are adapting to changing conditions, methods, and consumer needs in the 21st century.

Our popular series of Step Back in Time Weekends was as popular as ever, with offerings such as Herbal Remedies, Civil War Life, a Band Organ Rally, and Quilts and Quilting. One particular highlight of the season was the record-breaking crowd at Candlelight Evening in December, where unseasonably warm weather prompted nearly 3,500 people to attend the event in a four-hour period!

Many more programs and activities took place in 2015 than can be recounted here. It is clear that the Museum is a vital resource to the region, as well as a place where one can simply take time away from their busy lives to take an imaginative, informative, and fun step back into the past. Many thanks to our Board of Directors, all of our donors, supporters, and visitors – and to the hard-working corps of staff and volunteers who serve them – for making The Farmers’ Museum a magical place and a prime destination for people of all ages.

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PAUL S. D’AMBROSIO, Ph.D.

President and CEO
Fenimore Art Museum


MISSION STATEMENT

Cultivating an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.


OFFICERS, DIRECTORS & SENIOR STAFF

OFFICERS
Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman
J. Michael Moffat, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Alexander Charlton, Secretary
Richard C. Vanison, Treasurer
MEMBERS AND DIRECTORS
David T. Bliss
Jane Forbes Clark
Stephen M. Duff
Gates Helms Hawn
Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Hon. John F. Lambert
J. Michael Moffat
Kevin S. Moore
Brent Ridge, MD
Edward W. Stack
Douglas Thompson
Henry F. C. Weil, MD
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Barbara Fischer, Senior Director for Human Resources
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions
Danielle Henrici, Director of Education
Erin Richardson, Director of Collections