COOPERSTOWN, NY (11-14-2013) — The Farmers’ Museum is pleased to announce the receipt of a Go! Grant in the amount of $682 to allow staff members to attend the annual conference of the Museum Association of New York. The grant was received from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Gwen Miner, Domestic Arts Supervisor, and Mary Kuhn, Empire State Carousel Supervisor, attended the conference in Syracuse in April. At the conference, Ms. Miner was awarded a Certificate of Merit for her planning and implementing the Teen Interpreter Program at the museum during its 2012 season.
Teen Interpreters had a great impact tending and interpreting the historic gardens of heirloom vegetables at the Lippitt Farmstead, assisting guests processing flax, and hands-on weaving. The Teen Interpreters taught guests how to turn flax tow into rope and print with the Liberty Press. They engaged our guests in historic games and taught them lessons from 1845 in Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse. Many of our youthful visitors were less inhibited about asking a Teen Interpreter for an explanation of something they did not understand.
The Teen Interpreters received community service hours for their time and developed their communication skills and confidence. Most made great strides in their self-management ability by executing assigned activities in a timely and organized manner. Guests to The Farmers’ Museum enjoyed engaging with the Teen Interpreters and were impressed by their dedication and the expertise they had acquired.
The Go! Grants are one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies to strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. These grants, administered by Museum Association of New York, are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional help and improve their institutions. To learn more about these grant programs, eligibility requirements and deadlines, visit MANY’s website at www.manyonline.org or contact it by phone at 518-273-3400.
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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org