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Dawn Raudibaugh was born in Delaware County, New York and has spent most of her life living and working in the area. For nearly a decade, Dawn has been the Mill Manager at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, New York. Dawn spent her early life in…

Olive Crews (maiden name: Olive Mathewson) is a resident of West Oneonta, New York. She grew up on a dairy farm in Westford, New York, before majoring in math at Hartwick College in Oneonta. She began teaching math to high schoolers in South Carolina…

Elizabeth Cooper moved to Cooperstown, NY in 2003 as a journalist for the Utica Observer Dispatch. She grew up in both New York City and Cooperstown along with her two younger sisters and her parents, Henry F.S. Cooper and Mary Langben. She is a…

Jean Lyon is the co-owner and operator of the Lyoncher Bed and Breakfast located in Cooperstown, New York. She and her husband, Tom, have welcomed guests from all over the world to their home for twenty-three seasons. In this interview, Ms. Lyon…

Anne Blabey was born in Richmond, Virginia, but has lived and traveled all over the world, adding to her idea of personal identity along the way. She attended graduate school in Boston, and worked as a teacher for a time in Washington DC, where…

Peter Rutkoff, a now seasoned professor at Kenyon College, grew up attending camps in Otsego County. As a child in the 1950s, raised in New York City, Rutkoff spent his early childhood at camp in Cooperstown, New York. Connected by…

Christine Heller is an artist currently based in Cooperstown, New York. She came to this area in the 1970s with her husband, Marc Heller. While her art is her first allegiance, Christine Heller has also spent time teaching at various colleges and…

Richard Blabey is a resident of Cooperstown, New York, where he and his wife Anne have lived for the past ten years. In recounting his schooling and formative years, he discusses attending a laboratory school while growing up in Albany, New York,…

Wilfred (Willy) Bruneau, along with his wife Joan Bruneau, is the owner and operator of Middlefield Orchard. Growing up in New England, Willy has not always been in agriculture; he had a previous long career in the high tech industry, working for IBM…

Dr. P. Jay Fleisher was born in 1937 in Liberty, New York. He is a Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, where he taught Glacial Geology and Geomorphology. He has been involved with the…
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