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Everett Yerdon is a second-generation farmer from Roseboom, NY. His family has owned the satellite farm since 1952. The Yerdons also owned a larger farm in Middlefield, which was sold off after Everett’s father passed. Everett grew up in the…

Mr. Diamond’s family has been living in the upstate New York area for over 200 years. Mr. Diamond was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1970. He initially grew up on the Diamond farm in Cherry Valley built on the site of the Abraham Roseboom house.…

Jack VanBuren lives at 131 John Deere Road in Cherry Valley, New York. The area in which the VanBuren family lives is also known as Roseboom. Located between Cooperstown, New York and Cherry Valley, New York, Roseboom was established in 1840. Once a…

Warren Stannard was born on July 22, 1937 in Cooperstown, New York. He is the owner of Stannard Maple Farm in Roseboom, New York, which has been in business for over 100 years. Along with selling maple syrup and other maple-based products he raises…

Nelson Mondaca is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he trained as a helicopter pilot. He is a member of the LGBT community and lives with his husband, John Webb, in Cooperstown, New York.

Mr. Mondaca was born in Chile and…

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 S.F. 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…
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