Introduction

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE 

In 2017, The Farmers’ Museum proved once again that it is an important cultural center for the region and a great place for families to spend quality time. The museum successfully expanded upon its range of programming, entering into the fourth season of Dramatic Interpretation with historical vignettes on the Women’s Suffrage Movement and Anti-Rent Wars, presented this year as guided tours from one scene to the next. This change in format created a more cohesive, informative and immersive experience for our visitors, and allowed for more direct audience involvement. We also offered the daily craft and trade interpretation our constituency has come to expect. Our Special Events were, as always, major happenings in the community, highly anticipated and well attended.

Our annual conference, A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community, which in 2017 continued to serve as a premier opportunity for local farmers to gather and share ideas and concerns, was themed Careers and New Ventures, and received strong positive feedback. It continues to meet the need for those in the agricultural community to stay connected and informed. The keynote address this year was from the Youth Food Movement followed by a moderated panel discussion and break-out sessions revolving around opportunities in agriculture in science and technology, production and business.

Our Step Back in Time Weekends were as popular as ever, with offerings such as Fabulous Fiber Arts bringing robust attendance. Our treasured Heritage Plant Sale continued to attract people from around the county, eager to obtain plants from our pharmacy garden and get advice from our Master Gardener, Patrick MacGregor.

Many more programs and activities took place in 2017 than can be recounted here. It is clear that the Museum is a vital resource to the region, as well as a place where one can simply spend time away from their busy lives to take an imaginative, informative, and fun step back into the past. Many thanks to our Board of Directors, all of our donors, supporters, and visitors – and to the hard-working corps of staff and volunteers who serve them – for making The Farmers’ Museum a magical place and a prime destination for people of all ages.

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PAUL S. D’AMBROSIO, Ph.D.

President and CEO
The Farmers’ Museum


MISSION STATEMENT

Cultivating an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.


OFFICERS, DIRECTORS & SENIOR STAFF

OFFICERS
Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman
J. Michael Moffat, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Alexander Charlton, Secretary
Richard C. Vanison, Treasurer

MEMBERS AND DIRECTORS
David T. Bliss
Jane Forbes Clark
Stephen M. Duff
Gates Helms Hawn
Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Hon. John F. Lambert
J. Michael Moffat
Kevin S. Moore
Brent Ridge, MD
Edward W. Stack
Douglas Thompson
Henry F. C. Weil, MD

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Barbara Fischer, Senior Director for Human Resources
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions
Danielle Henrici, Director of Education
Christina Ely Milliman, Director of Collections