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August 2007
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., August 14, 2007—The Farmers’ Museum will present Hop Pickers’ Picnic, an evening of hand-crafted and micro-brewed beer sampling, live music, food, hop picking and hops-related demonstrations, on Saturday, August 25, from 6 to 9 pm, in celebration of the hops harvest.

Hop production was a defining characteristic of agriculture in Central New York during the latter half of the 19th century. Elements of the wealth produced by the hops industry are evident today in our region’s homes and barns. The Farmers’ Museum continues the tradition of hops harvesting and invites visitors to explore the museum’s Hops Field and Pope Hop Barn during the event. Visitors will learn how hops, an important ingredient in brewing beer, were used domestically in the 19th century, try their hand at picking hops, and learn about the growing and harvesting of hops from our farm staff.

The event features a variety of breweries from the upstate New York region for beer tasting and judging of hand-crafted and micro-brewed beers for guests 21 and over throughout the evening. Some of this year’s breweries include: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Brown’s Brewing Company, and Anheiser Busch’s specialty line.

Food will be available for purchase including bratwurst, hamburgers, and hotdogs or guests may choose to reserve a hop pickers’ picnic basket in advance or bring their own picnic. Please reserve your picnic by Wednesday, August 22, by calling (607) 547-1495.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers, one of the nation’s premier Civil War string bands dedicated to recreating the musical landscape of the nineteenth century. The Balladeers use the original Civil War music arrangements and lyrics to convey the thoughts, motives, and sorrows of the men and women who lived during the most defining periods of our American heritage. The group has been recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Gettysburg National Military Park on several occasions for their outstanding and authentic portrayal of the music of the period.

Admission, which includes beer sampling, music, and hops-related demonstrations, is $15 for adults 21 and over, $7.50 for ages 6 – 20, and free for children 5 and under. Please call The Farmers’ Museum toll-free at (888) 547-1450 for more information.

About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Registrar for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region, including barnyard activities for children; cheese-making, blacksmithing, and quilt-making workshops for families and adults; and technical workshops for farmers, both professional and amateur.

The Farmers’ Museum’s adjacent sister institution, Fenimore Art Museum, is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. The museum also offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults and organizes and hosts nationally touring art and history exhibitions.

The Farmers’ Museum is located on Lake Road, Route 80, in Cooperstown, across the street from Fenimore Art Museum. Admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. Combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open to the public daily from April through October, with special events throughout the year. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit


For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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