The Young Interpreter Program

The Young Interpreter Program is an educational 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 and Lippitt Farm.
  • 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 15th. 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 Mykel Anne Goodwin by email, m.goodwin@fenimoreart.org or John Ferguson at (607) 547-1534.