Introduction

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE 

2019 boasted a high quality, thought-provoking exhibition and program line up that brought visitors new and old to our Museum each season. Our signature special events returned including, the 72nd Annual Junior Livestock Show, Hopsego, Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving at the Farm, Tractor Fest, Candlelight Evening and more. The Templeton Players, The Farmers’ Museum’s theatrical troupe, was back with historical vignettes and we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our beloved Cardiff Giant! Visitors rode the Empire State Carousel, which continues to serve as a destination for the young and old since it first arrived on our campus in 2006. Interpreters gave demonstrations throughout the grounds, providing hands-on activities, and workshops focused on traditional crafts and trades.  

While we are always looking for ways to revamp the visitor experience, to keep it new and exciting, 2019 brought in a new, two-year exhibition in the Main Barn, Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival. The exhibition features objects, images, and text highlighting the history of brewing, hops and barley in New York State up to the present day. As part of this, special tours focused on hops and craft brewing and other topics of historical interest were offered, as well as a themed weekend for brewing and beer enthusiasts. Our Preschool Tuesday program was a huge success again this year and has proven to be a popular weekly program where families with small children are educated through creative, outdoor play and exposure to farming and agriculture.  

Our Museum collection continues growing in numbers and relevance, especially the Plowline: Images of Rural New York collecting initiative. This collection of photography of rural New York, generously supported by the Gipson Family, now has nearly 16,000 images and is considered one of the most important of its kind. Our collection has come from a variety of sources including antique photography shows, as well as donations from local photographers, families, and collectors who share our passion for preserving our past, present, and future through images. 

It’s hard to recount everything all at once, as so much took place in 2019. As always, the Museum’s activities and audiences show that we are a vital resource to the region and a unique space where one can have rare access to ways of life beyond our everyday experience. Many thanks to our Board of Directors, all of our donors, supporters, and visitors – and to the hard-working staff and volunteers who serve them – for making The Farmers’ Museum a magical, meaningful and fun destination for all those who visit. 

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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 R. 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, M.D.
Edward W. Stack
Douglas Thompson
Henry F. C. Weil, M.D. 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Barbara Fischer, Senior Director for Human Resources and Accounting
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions
John Ferguson, Director of Education