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With early roots in agriculture and farm life, Dr. Earle N. Peterson has always been much in tune with nature and the environment. It is no surprise that his life work reflects these influences. Growing up on a farm, Dr. Peterson worked very…

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In 1838, James Weeks, a free African American, purchased a plot of land on the periphery of Brooklyn. Over the next 40 years, Weeks’ settlement expanded to include the homes of free blacks and vibrant institutions, such as churches, schools, social…

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Sydney Waller was born in the late 1940s in Sharon, Connecticut. She grew up in a village called South Kent and spent her summers in Roseboom, NY. Located in Central New York State, the town of Roseboom consists of several hamlets and maintains a…

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Mike Empey grew up around Otsego Lake, spending his summers swimming and fishing. He made a living working in local restaurants and as a licensed guide on the lake. In the mid- 1990s, Empey participated in the lengthy debate over whether to construct…

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Juanita Bass, née Holmes, was born in Bridgewater, New York, on May 19, 1935. She is the daughter of Everett Holmes, who was the first African American to be elected to the position of mayor in New York State. Juanita grew up on a farm; her father…

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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…

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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…

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Scottie Baker, an antique-lover and retired teacher, shared her passion for the environment and all it provides with her late husband, Dave Baker, who worked for New York DEC Parks and Recreation and Interior Trails in the Adirondacks. In 1967, the…

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Dorothy Hudson, known to friends and family as Dotty, was born on January 16, 1937 and spent her childhood in East Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in microbiology, Dotty married her husband, Charles…

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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…
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