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Six Employees Honored for Service by NYSHA and The Farmers¹ Museum at Awards Breakfast

September 13, 2011

Six Employees Honored for Service by NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum at Awards Breakfast

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (09/13/2011) — The New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum acknowledged the contributions of six staff members at its annual Recognition Breakfast that was held at The Otesaga Hotel on Monday, September 12. Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Farmers’ Museum, presented the awards and Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO of the two institutions, presided.

Receiving an award for thirty years of service was Gwen Miner.

Receiving an award for twenty-five years of service was Andree Conklin.

A twenty-year award was presented to Dawn Wilcox.

Fifteen-year awards were presented to Allyse De Carr and Theodore Shuart.

A ten-year award was presented to Dennis Decker.

Photo caption:

Standing (from left to right): Garet Livermore, Barbara Fischer, Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Joseph Siracusa, Dennis Decker, Jane Forbes Clark, and Theodore Shuart. Seated: Dawn Wilcox, Andree Conklin, and Allyse De Carr. Absent from the photo: Gwen Miner.

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 adultsthat explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

About Fenimore Art Museum

The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake — James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” — in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA’s showcase museum.

About the New York State Historical Association

New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) has been welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage since 1899 through exhibitions and programs that provoke, delight, and inspire. Whether you are a student exploring history through New York History Day; a visitortaking in the Fenimore Art Museum’s world-class collections; a researcher combing through the holdings of our Research Library in Cooperstown or online; a scholar, teacher, or history buff attending one of our conferences or enjoying the journal of New York History or another of our publications; or a family experiencing first-hand a 19th-century farming community at The Farmers’ Museum, a vibrant living history museum and sister institution, you are experiencing a dynamic 21st-century cultural institution.

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