In 2014, The Farmers’ Museum enjoyed robust attendance Our special programs have been successful, including the Junior Livestock Show, Harvest Festival, and Tractor Fest (record attendance). The Step Back in Time weekends continued to draw larger crowds than in 2013. The Templeton Players, our new Dramatic Interpretation troupe, entertained visitors with vignettes highlighting the Anti-Rent Wars, and brought new energy and content to the visitor experience.
In November 2014, we held our first Conference on Food and Farming: A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community featuring some of the most important people in the agricultural world from Central New York. The Farmers’ Museum is considered a leader, resource, and staunch advocate on behalf of the agricultural community and we look forward to our next conference being held on November 14, 2015.
The exhibition in the Main Barn, The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force closed in 2014 and our next exhibition opening April 2015 will be, Farming’s New Era: From Field to Table in New York State. The exhibit will consider how, using high tech or historic methods or a combination of both, New York State farms strive to be sustainable, efficient, viable, and interconnected. New York State products and crops such as dairy, beef, apples, eggs, vegetables, and hops will be used to follow food from farms to table. Interviews with local farmers will provide stories about the varied faces of New York State agriculture. Additional examples of contemporary and historic farming practices will round out the narrative. Visitors will learn where, how, and why food is grown and how it makes it to our stores and plates
Beginning April 1, when we open for the season, you will be able to visit the historic village, the Empire State Carousel, the new Main Barn exhibit, as well as participate in special programs offered during the year.
In 2015, we have a very exciting schedule planned for The Farmers’ Museum, so please make a point to visit us in Cooperstown this year.