Publication Date: 
March 2013
Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum / The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

Eager to know more about the medicinal use of herbs or even the basics of daily living on an 1840’s farmstead?  Beginning April 13, The Farmers’ Museum offers spring workshops on topics ranging from cooking over the open fire to blacksmithing. These fun, hands-on workshops give you opportunities to learn new skills.

Discount pricing is available for members of the New York State Historical Association. All workshops are held at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. Registration is required. Find more information at To register, call (607) 547-1461.

2013 Spring Workshop Schedule

A Morning at Lippitt Farmstead (April 13): Go behind the scenes in our barnyard: collect eggs, put the sheep out to pasture, and meet our other animals. Once chores are finished, you will help prepare and then eat a hearty breakfast of traditional foods such as sausage, eggs, Indian cake, toast, and boiled coffee.

Intermediate Blacksmithing (April 15-16): Practice all the core skills of drawing out hot iron, bending, twisting, hot punching, and mortise and tenon joints are covered, with the addition of more complicated and multi-component projects.

Basics of Open Hearth Cooking (April 20): Learn the basic skills to cook over the open fire by preparing a simple meal using historic recipes and methods of preparation.

In the Medicine Cabinet (May 11): Learn to grow, harvest, and wild-craft 15 herbs and produce medical preparations from them. Preparations include oils (hot and cold infused), ointments, compresses, tinctures, infusions, and decoctions.

Intermediate Blacksmithing (May 11-12): (See above)

Introduction to Blacksmithing (May 13-14): Try out blacksmithing for the first time, or expand your existing skills under the supervision of our master blacksmith. Practice managing a coal fire and forging skills such as drawing out hot iron, bending, twisting, and punching holes.

Workshops are also offered in the fall. Read descriptions of all the workshops at