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

Night Life

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 6–9 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — (8/8/2014) — On August 20, a special after-hours event at The Farmers' Museum features the Templeton Players re-enacting historic events surrounding the Anti-Rent Wars. The evening features live musical entertainment by Katie Boardman and Anti-Rent War songs.  See the drama unfold just as it did in the 1840s.

The Templeton Players, the dramatic interpretation troupe, bring to life a landmark series of New York State events that still echo today. From 1839 to 1845, a conflict raged in central New York State between farmers and their landlords over the terms of their leases. The farmers organized in local factions, some of which organized boycotts or lobbied the legislature, while others violently opposed the enforcement of the contracts. The latter, armed and disguised with colorful smocks and sheepskin hoods, were the fierce "Calico Indians." They disrupted rent collections, threatened the landlords' agents, and drove off bidders at distress sales.

The Anti-Rent Wars' effects reached much further than central New York: giving rights to the people over an established gentry, it was an extension of the American Revolution that helped shape our modern democracy.

Admission for Night Life includes refreshments in Bump Tavern: adults and juniors (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 free, through the Blue Star Museum program.

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