The Young Interpreter Program

The Young Interpreter Program is a competitive apprenticeship program for young people in the trades and crafts common to ordinary people of rural 19th-century New York State.

  • Participant Ages: Between 12 and 14 as of May 1.
  • Sites: Young Interpreters have the opportunity to work with the museum’s talented craftspeople in selected sites including the Blacksmith Shop, Lippitt Farmhouse, Printing Office, Pharmacy, Spinning and Weaving, Children’s Barnyard, and the General Store.
  • Dates: Young Interpreters are expected to work one day a week for a period of eight weeks starting the last week in June and ending the last week in August.

To Apply

  • Please submit a one- to two-page letter expressing your interest and reasons for wanting to be a Young Interpreter.
  • Indicate which site you would like to work at and why.
  • Letters must be neatly written or typed and include the date, applicant’s name, applicant’s age including date of birth, address, parents’ home or cell phone, and parents’ email address.
  • Send your letter to Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers’ Museum, PO Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
  • Letters of interest must be received by May 1. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by mid-June.
  • Letters of reference are not necessary.
  • Candidates will be asked for an interview.
  • Young people will be chosen based on their commitment, interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public.
  • Applicants must have their parent’s permission and transportation to the museum.
  • If you have questions, contact John Ferguson at (607) 547-1534.