Press Release Contact: 

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

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. —  June 27, 2014 — Beginning Saturday, July 5, visitors to The Farmers' Museum will encounter actors playing the roles of individuals from the mid-19th century. The museum's Templeton Players will present historical vignettes, lead tours as historical characters, and host an old-time radio show. 
Vignettes about the Anti-Rent War, a tenants’ revolt in upstate New York from 1839-1845, will be staged on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-4:00 pm beginning July 5. The performances are held throughout the museum and included with museum admission. 
Also beginning July 5, tours of the museum's historic gardens will be led by an actor playing Susan Fenimore Cooper, daughter of author James Fenimore Cooper. Tours continue on Saturdays in July and August at 1:00 pm.  Tickets for the tour cost $2 tickets for museum-goers.
The Templeton Players are part a new dramatic interpretation program at The Farmers' Museum. The program's founder, Danielle Newell, Director of Education, explains, "The objective is to connect people to history in a personal and relevant way. Through dramatic or first-person interpretation, museum-goers learn facts and concepts, but also discover an emotional understanding of the real characters and events that shaped New York’s history.  Dramatic interpretation heightens awareness of history as a unique and complex universe of relationships, landscapes, technological advances and social movements, fostering appreciation for the evolving challenges Americans face. And it’s entertaining to boot!"
The dramatic interpreters that make up the Templeton Players are Joey Bertram, Deirdre Brett, Richard Brockman, Michael Davis, Judi Henrici, Michael Henrici, Tom Heitz, Abbey Koutnik. Gary Koutnik, Marika Middelkoop, Roeland Middelkoop, Kelly O’Brien-Shumway, Donald Raddatz, Joanne Telfer, Catherine Thompson, Patti VanTassel, and Hayden Zahn. Behind the scenes, Cassandra Howe is the dramatic interpretation coordinator, Michael Henrici is the creative director and historic clothing maker, and Axel Estable is the dramaturge.
Volunteer actors are welcome to join the Templeton Players. Email to get involved.
The museum is open every day from 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Admission: Adults and juniors (ages 13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.  Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program.
Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
June 2014