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Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
May 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - On Memorial Day weekend, The Farmers' Museum will debut a new exhibition that will give fascinating insight into some of the animals that call the Empire State their home. Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip opens May 23, 2009 in the Main Barn.

Inspired by the Empire State Carousel at The Farmers' Museum, Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip 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.

The exhibition follows the geography of New York State, from Long Island to Western New York. The Long Island section includes the bay scallop and Peking duck, which formed the basis of important downstate industries. The New York City area addresses how gray squirrels and raccoons have adapted to thrive in a people-created environment. The Catskills’ brook trout and black bears represent the balance of nature and tourism. The Central Leatherstocking area features horses and their use in farming and racing, as well as Holstein cows and the thriving agricultural industries of the region. The Adirondacks highlight the beaver and loon and address nature-tourism. Finally, Western New York considers the mule, which is the representative animal of the New York canal system.

The exhibition will run through October 31, 2009 and will reopen in 2010, on April 1, for the entire season.

On Memorial Day Weekend, The Farmers’ Museum will be open 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Also opening on May 23, 2009 will be America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800 - 1900 at the Fenimore Art Museum - across the street from The Farmers' Museum.

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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, Lake Road, 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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