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May 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Farmers' Museum is seeking applicants for its Young Interpreter Program.  By pairing young people with museum staff, this popular summer program teaches students about America's past, helps them develop new skills, and allows them to share their newfound knowledge with museum visitors.  Boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 14 as of May 1, 2009, are invited to apply.  A limited number of students will be accepted for the program; the application process is competitive.
The Young Interpreter Program began in 1993.  The program takes place at The Farmers' Museum, a premier rural history museum established in 1943.  The museum presents the trades and crafts common to ordinary people of rural 19th-century New York State in its historic village and farmstead. Young interpreters will have the opportunity to work in various selected sites throughout the museum including: Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop, Bump Tavern, Lippitt Farmhouse, Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy, The Middlefield Printing Office, Todd's General Store, the Children's Barnyard, or developing   spinning and weaving skills.
Young interpreters are expected to work one day a week for a period of eight weeks, beginning the last week in June and ending the last week in August. Students who would like to participate should submit a one or two-page letter expressing their interest and reasons for wanting to be a Young Interpreter, as well as an explanation of where they would like to work and why, to:  Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers' Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326.  Letters of application must be received by May 15, 2009. Letters of reference are not necessary. A committee of museum staff will review the applications. Candidates may be asked for an interview.  Applicants will be chosen based on their commitment and interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public.  Students applying for the Young Interpreter Program must have parental permission and transportation to the museum during the course of the program.

For more information, please call Deborah Brundage at 607-547-1484.


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


For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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