Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Farmers Museum, Inc.

  • Cooperstown, NY
  • FarmersMuseum.org

Mission Statement

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

VISION
By focusing on interpretive quality, authenticity and visible annual improvements, The Farmers' Museum will strengthen its reputation as a highly desirable destination and regional resource (real and virtual) for adults, families, and school groups, and as a leader among outdoor history museums.

We are committed to improving visitor amenities and imparting consistency in programming and organizational performance. The staff will strive to make every interaction at the museum a positive and memorable experience.


HISTORY
The site of The Farmers' Museum has deep roots in New York State's rural past. The land has been part of a working farm since 1813, when it was owned by James Fenimore Cooper. Judge Samuel Nelson, whose office is part of The Farmers' Museum Village, bought the farm in 1829 and raised sheep. Fenimore Farm, as it came to be known, changed hands again in the 1870s, when it was acquired by the Clark family.

In 1918, Edward Severin Clark built a showcase complex at Fenimore Farm for his prize herd of cattle. The barn, creamery, and herdsman's cottage designed by architect Frank Whiting in the Colonial Revival style and constructed of local stone still stand today and are an integral part of the museum. Today, they house museum offices, exhibition spaces, and public areas. The structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Farmers' Museum opened its doors to the public in 1944. At that time, the museum had 5,000 tools and objects, including important collections amassed by the Otsego County Historical Society; William B. Sprague, founder of the Early American Industries Association; and the Wyckoff family, one of Brooklyn's oldest farming families. Today the museum's collections number more than 23,000 artifacts.

The Farmers' Museum is a private, non-governmental educational organization. It is closely affiliated with its sister organization, Fenimore Art Museum, the museum showcase of the New York State Historical Association.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Statewide Educational Programs
Service Areas

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International

Located in Cooperstown, NY, The Farmers' Museum serves a local and regional audience. The distance learning initiative brings the Museum into classes around the nation. Its popular website FarmersMuseum.org, Facebook page, and two blogs – thefarmersmuseum.blogspot.com and ruralblacksmith.blogspot.com  reach an international audience.

ruling year

1944

President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011

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Paul S. D'Ambrosio Ph.D.

Keywords

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living history, farm, agriculture, farming, gardening, farm animals, jane forbes clark, carousel, stephen clark, junior livestock show, horse show, harvest festival, candlelight evening, blacksmith, rural life, historic preservation

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EIN

15-0547367

 Number

0859280525

Physical Address

5775 State Hwy 80

Cooperstown, 13326

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

The Farmers’ Museum brings to life the challenges and rewards of pre-industrial life in rural America through authentic demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The primary venue for this exploration is the living-history museum that depicts the interplay among trades, village life and agriculture in New York state agrarian society of the 1840s. Throughout the year, festivals, special events, and adult and youth educational programming present visitors with various ways to experience a trip back to the nineteenth-century.

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International

Located in Cooperstown, NY, The Farmers' Museum serves a local and regional audience. The distance learning initiative brings the Museum into classes around the nation. Its popular website FarmersMuseum.org, Facebook page, and two blogs – thefarmersmuseum.blogspot.com and ruralblacksmith.blogspot.com  reach an international audience.

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THE FARMERS MUSEUM INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul S. D'Ambrosio Ph.D.

BIO

Dr. Paul D'Ambrosio has been the President of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum since 2011. Previously he served as Vice President and Chief Curator since 2005 and Chief Curator since 1997. Prior to holding these positions, he worked as the Director of Exhibitions and Folk Art from 1993–1997, and as Associate Curator from 1987–1993. Dr. D'Ambrosio has been an Adjunct Professor of American Art and American Folk Art at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, at State University College at Oneonta, NY, since 1984. He has written and co-authored numerous articles and several acclaimed books on American folk art, including Ralph Fasanella's America and Folk Art's Many Faces. Dr. D'Ambrosio has also produced a series of important exhibitions and catalogues on American art, including Ralph Fasanella's America (2001); Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks (2004); A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr. (2005); Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation (2006); America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900 (2009); John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women (winner of the Victorian Society in America's William Fischelis Award, 2010); and, A Window into Edward Hopper (2011) American Impressionism (2012). Dr. D'Ambrosio is also a member of the American Folk Art Society and has been a Panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. He has recently been appointed to the New York State Regent's Advisory Council on Museums. Dr. D'Ambrosio received a bachelor's degree in English from the State University College at Cortland, NY, in 1981 (where he was awarded the College's Award for Excellence in Art History), a master's degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 1983, and a doctorate in American and New England Studies at Boston University, MA, in 2001.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jane Forbes Clark

The Clark Estates

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