Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum / The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

Young Interpreter Program, Application Deadline May 15, 2014

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (04/14/2014) —Watching movies, playing video games, and socializing online are common ways teenagers spend their summer.  Ask our Young Interpreters about their summer and they will tell you a much richer story, one filled with spinning wool or learning to set type and operate a printing press from the 1800s.  The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, one of the nation’s premier rural history museums, is accepting applications for this summer’s Young Interpreter program.  Boys and girls who are ages 12 to 14 on May 1, 2014 are invited to apply.  The deadline for applications is May 15. 

Apprenticeships with the museum’s talented craftspeople are available in the blacksmith shop, Lippitt Farmhouse, Printing Office, the pharmacy, spinning and weaving, Children’s Barnyard, and Todd’s General Store. The apprenticeship is one day a week for eight weeks starting the last week in June.

“This program is so popular because the boys and girls who participate enjoy working one-on-one with our experienced staff to learn new and unique skills,says program coordinator Gwen Miner.  “Parents love the program because their children acquire leadership and presentation skills that benefit them throughout their lives.”

A limited number of students are accepted, making the application process competitive.  To apply, students must submit a one or two-page letter expressing their reasons for wanting to become a Young Interpreter and naming the specific apprenticeship they would like to experience and why.  Submission deadline is May 15.  Send letters to Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers’ Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For more information, visit or contact Gwen Miner at (607) 547-1457 or email

A committee of museum staff reviews the applications. Applicants are chosen based on their commitment and interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public.

Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
April 2014