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NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum to host Invitational Camporee for Scouts and their Families

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July 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— The Otschodela Council BSA Troop 1254, Venture Crew 101, The New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum are pleased to invite Scouts, Scouters and their families to the Cooperstown Invitational Camporee 2009 which will take place at Iroquois Farm on River Road in Cooperstown from Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23.

The weekend will include activities such as camping at historic Iroquois Farm; campfires and a gateway competition
; passes to The Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
; tours of Native American interpretive sites; 19th-Century “mustering”
; town ball by the lake; basket weaving and flint napping.

A cost of $12 per participant will cover the camp fee, entrance fee, admission to all 3 museums, and a commemorative scout patch.  (1 adult is admitted free with every 10 paid scouts). Restrooms, firewood, and water will be located on site.   

Space may be limited.  For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact
Karen Wyckoff at 607-547-1410 or e-mail k.wyckoff@nysha.org.

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 Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, 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, and 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.
 The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, in Cooperstown, NY. 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. From April 1 through May 11 and October 13 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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The Farmers' Museum Recognized for Dedication and Service

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Publication Date: 
June 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown was presented with the Community Partnership Award by Opportunities for Otsego Head Start at its annual Community Partnership and Appreciation Breakfast that took place June 2 at the Holiday Inn - Oneonta.

"For the past nine years, Opportunities for Otsego Head Start has enjoyed an ever expanding and evolving partnership with The Farmers' Museum, and this morning we are delighted to formally recognize those efforts and contributions to our programs," said Pat Levis, Education/Disabilities Supervisor for Opportunities for Otsego Head Start. The Museum was recognized for its  "extraordinary dedication and service to our children and families."

A collaboration between The Museum and Opportunities for Otsego Head Start culminated in classroom visits by The Farmers' Museum's education staff to all Otsego County Head Start locations and a "free day" at both The Farmers' Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum for all Head Start and Early Head Start children and their families, supported with funding from the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts and The Gorman Foundation.  "In May, more than 500 children and adults spent a beautiful spring day exploring all that the Museums have to offer - to the mutual and continuing benefit of all," Levis added.

"The Farmers' Museum is honored to receive this recognition and looks forward to continuing to serve the children, families, and staff of Opportunities for Otsego Head Start," said D. Stephen Elliott, President of NYSHA and The Farmers' Museum.

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Photo Caption:  (Left to right) Garet Livermore, Vice President of Education for the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum; Pat Levis, Education/Disabilities Supervisor for Opportunities for Otsego Head Start; and D. Stephen Elliott, President of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum are shown during the recent Head Start visit to the Museums in May.

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 Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, 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, and 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.
 The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, in Cooperstown, NY. 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. From April 1 through May 11 and October 13 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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Memorial Day Weekend Celebration Slated for May 23 & 24 at The Farmers' Museum

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Publication Date: 
May 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, NY — Visit The Farmers’ Museum for its lively Memorial Day Weekend event on Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 24, from 10 am to 5 pm. The event brings together the popular Heritage Plant Sale, the season opening of the Children's Barnyard and the premier of the new exhibition, Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip. Across the street at the Fenimore Art Museum, you can also enjoy the opening of the major exhibition entitled America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900.

On both days, there will be plenty of animals to see at the Farm.  The Children's Barnyard offers visitors the chance to see their favorite farm animals up close.  See the baby lambs or take a wagon ride.  From time to time, the oxen team will make its way through the historic village.  And don't forget the hand-carved animals on the Empire State Carousel!

The annual Heritage Plant Sale will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be able to purchase heritage plants and seeds, including plants and cuttings from The Farmers’ Museum’s Botanical Specimen Garden. Medicinal herbs, ornamental and dye plants, heirloom-variety vegetable seeds, and other garden accessories will also be on sale.

On Saturday, the new exhibition, Wild Times!  A New York Animal Road Trip, will open to the public. Inspired by the Empire State Carousel at The Farmers' Museum, this insightful exhibition showcases some of the animals on the Carousel, and explores their natural history, mythology, social history, art history and use in pop culture.
Join fictional characters Lulu and Max as they travel across the state in search of the animals that make New York their home.  Learn amazing facts about each throughout their journey.

Across the road, the Fenimore Art Museum presents the first major exhibition on the topic of American artists’ depictions of 19th-century Rome - America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900. The exhibition brings together the most influential artists of the period, placing them within the timeless backdrop of the Eternal City and its ancient surroundings.  View over 100 works by celebrated artists including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Thomas Hicks, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Kensett and others.

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The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, two distinct institutions that together explore and present the diverse history, art, and culture of rural American life, are located across from each other on Lake Road, Route 80, in Cooperstown, NY. Admission to each museum 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. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include both museums and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. Fenimore Art Museum is open from April 1 through December 31; The Farmers’ Museum is open from April 1 through October 31, with special events throughout the year. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org and www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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Students Sought for Young Interpreter Program at The Farmers’ Museum

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Publication Date: 
May 2009
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Farmers' Museum is seeking applicants for its Young Interpreter Program.  By pairing young people with museum staff, this popular summer program teaches students about America's past, helps them develop new skills, and allows them to share their newfound knowledge with museum visitors.  Boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 14 as of May 1, 2009, are invited to apply.  A limited number of students will be accepted for the program; the application process is competitive.
 
The Young Interpreter Program began in 1993.  The program takes place at The Farmers' Museum, a premier rural history museum established in 1943.  The museum presents the trades and crafts common to ordinary people of rural 19th-century New York State in its historic village and farmstead. Young interpreters will have the opportunity to work in various selected sites throughout the museum including: Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop, Bump Tavern, Lippitt Farmhouse, Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy, The Middlefield Printing Office, Todd's General Store, the Children's Barnyard, or developing   spinning and weaving skills.
 
Young interpreters are expected to work one day a week for a period of eight weeks, beginning the last week in June and ending the last week in August. Students who would like to participate should submit a one or two-page letter expressing their interest and reasons for wanting to be a Young Interpreter, as well as an explanation of where they would like to work and why, to:  Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers' Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326.  Letters of application must be received by May 15, 2009. Letters of reference are not necessary. A committee of museum staff will review the applications. Candidates may be asked for an interview.  Applicants will be chosen based on their commitment and interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public.  Students applying for the Young Interpreter Program must have parental permission and transportation to the museum during the course of the program.

For more information, please call Deborah Brundage at 607-547-1484.

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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 Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, 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, and 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.
 The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. 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. From April 1 through May 11 and October 13 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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