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Interview with Belle Rosenthal from April 26, 1978. Covers her family's move from England to the United States, their religion, and education.

Excerpt of 1973 interview of Bertha Harvey by Richard Gnatowski. Clip created for Spring 2017 Cooperstown Graduate Program Exhibition "Hop City Pickers" at the Fenimore Art Museum Research Library.

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Female Hop Pickers, 1893,…

William Coleman was instrumental in the founding of the Hanford Mills Museum. After securing the loans the museum needed to gain independence, Coleman headed the financial committee for the first few years of the museum's existence. Though at times…

Bill Elsey is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has been Springfield Town Supervisor since 2009. In addition, he owns and operates a rare book dealership, Leatherstocking Books. Bill’s career path and involvement in local politics have been…

H. William Smith Jr., known as Bill Smith, grew up locally in Cooperstown, NY. Mr. Smith’s family has lived in the area for several generations on his maternal side after his great-great grandmother first settled in the area. Mr. Smith grew up…

Brian McMurray is a resident of Otsego County, New York. For many years he has operated an antiques picking business. His interest in material culture was sparked at an early age, which he describes in the first part of our interview. Later on in the…

Brian Ryther is an independent maple producer in New Lisbon, New York, the town where he was born. Alongside his father and brother, Ryther spent his childhood collecting and boiling maple sap from the family’s trees. Having attended Castleton…

C. David Smith is a retired local farmer and carpenter who has been involved in the community of Springfield, New York throughout his life. Born in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York and raised in Springfield, Smith always has…

C.R. Jones is a member of the first class of the Cooperstown Graduate Program and conservator at the New York State Historical Association. He was born in Charles City, Iowa on Oct. 20, 1939. He grew up in Charles City and went to college at Iowa…

Carl Lindberg was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931. He spent the first seventeen years of his life growing up in the suburban area of Rosedale, in Queens County. His family then relocated to Burlington, New York, and began dairy farming. Carl helped his…
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