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Dear Members,



On Saturday April 26 at 2:00 PM, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will present “Esther’s Scrapbooks”, a program about the three scrapbooks of Esther Bartow Bresee that are in the GOHS collection. The presentation is by SUNY Oneonta student Natalie Newton of Canandaigua, a double major in anthropology and history. The scrapbooks date from about 1926 to 1940, covering Bartow Bresee’s years at Oneonta High School and the Oneonta Normal School as well as her travels and other leisure activities after her 1931 graduate from college. Newton will also speak on the value of scrapbooks as historical resources. Newton said, “I really enjoyed this project, it’s interesting looking at these scrapbooks, seeing Oneonta through Esther’s eyes and then walking outside and seeing it again through mine.” 


Newton’s research and presentation are part of a collaborative effort called “Oneonta in 100 Objects”. Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta students choose an object or group of related objects in the GOHS collection, enroll in an indepedent study course in their institution, research the object(s), then present the results of their research as a presentation and/or exhibit.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 432-0960 or 
[email protected]




Local Financial Advisor Receives Industry Honor

William P. Senif, CLU, ChFC, CASL a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT). The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, MDRT is an international, independent association of  leading financial professionals from 450 companies in 74 countries. Members must demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service.


Senif has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 1999 and has qualified for MDRT membership six times.  He lives in Cooperstown with his wife Michelle and operates his practice in Fly Creek.


Northwestern Mutual has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services.



The Mohawk Valley REDC is convening a regional congress from 9:00 AM on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th

at the Arkell Museum in Downtown Canajoharie. Please join us for a morning of dynamic presentations and interactive panel discussions on the economic future of our region.



   Director of Business & Government Relations for Global Foundries


With interactive workshops to include






Arkell Museum in Downtown Canajoharie

Click here to RSVP: MV SUMMIT


From Albany and the East:  Take the New York State Thruway (I-90) going west to exit 29. Turn right onto Main Street, right at the first light onto Church Street, and left onto Erie Boulevard. The Arkell Museum parking lot is the first right.

From Oneida County and the West:  Take the New York State Thruway (I-90) going east to exit 29 and follow directions above.

From NYC and the South:  Take New York State Thruway (I-87) North to New York State Thruway (I-90) West to exit 29 and follow directions above to the parking lot.

From the North:  Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) South to New York State Thru- way (I-90) West to exit 29 and follow directions above to the parking lot.

From Otsego & Schoharie Counties:  Take Route 80 North to Fort Plain, turn right onto 5S East and follow into Canajoharie. Turn left at the fork in the road onto Erie Boulevard in front of the gas station, and almost immediately turn left into the museum parking lot at 2 Erie Boulevard before you reach the next intersection.

    *** Space may become limited, so please RSVP by April 21st! ***

(Click the link above or email [email protected]; Questions?  Call 315-793-2366)

The Mohawk Valley is Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties.

Hands-on Apprenticeships for Teens

This Summer at The Farmers’ Museum

Young Interpreter Program, Application Deadline May 15, 2014


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (04/14/2014) —Watching movies, playing video games, and socializing online are common ways teenagers spend their summer.  Ask our Young Interpreters about their summer and they will tell you a much richer story, one filled with spinning wool or learning to set type and operate a printing press from the 1800s.  The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, one of the nation’s premier rural history museums, is accepting applications for this summer’s Young Interpreter program.  Boys and girls who are ages 12 to 14 on May 1, 2014 are invited to apply.  The deadline for applications is May 15


Apprenticeships with the museum’s talented craftspeople are available in the blacksmith shop, Lippitt Farmhouse, Printing Office, the pharmacy, spinning and weaving, Children’s Barnyard, and Todd’s General Store. The apprenticeship is one day a week for eight weeks starting the last week in June.


“This program is so popular because the boys and girls who participate enjoy working one-on-one with our experienced staff to learn new and unique skills,” says program coordinator Gwen Miner.  “Parents love the program because their children acquire leadership and presentation skills that benefit them throughout their lives.”


A limited number of students are accepted, making the application process competitive.  To apply, students must submit a one or two-page letter expressing their reasons for wanting to become a Young Interpreter and naming the specific apprenticeship they would like to experience and why.  Submission deadline is May 15.  Send letters to Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers’ Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org/yip or contact Gwen Miner at (607) 547-1457 or email [email protected].


A committee of museum staff reviews the applications. Applicants are chosen based on their commitment and interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public

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