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Albert C. Bullard is a long-time upstate New York resident, who spent 35 years teaching in Cooperstown Central School. Raised just outside Philadelphia, his interest in folklife was piqued by his father's antique business, and it eventually led him…

While Albert Keck and I were sitting in his living room at 3 Delaware Street in Cooperstown, New York, he explained to me that life is made up of happenstance. “I look at my whole life, how critical little twists and turns are. And you don’t…

Born in White Plains, New York in 1923, Alice Talbot grew up in a variety of small towns and cities throughout southeaster New York. The conditions of her father's employment forced the family to move repeatedly, a total of sixteen times in as many…

Anne Evans was an active member of the Cooperstown community before her recent move to the Plains at Parish Homestead in Oneonta, New York. She was born in England in 1931 and immigrated to the United States with her husband and three children in…

Barbara (Ives) Mook was born July 27, 1922 in Walton New York. Raised in a rural setting, Mrs. Mook experienced the Great Depression, education in a one-roomed schoolhouse and many other events. Her early life was foundational to her eventual…

Barbara Harrison Mulhern was born September 26, 1925 in New York City. Her father, Francis French Harrison was a doctor and her mother, Carlotta Creevey Harrison was a college educated housewife. Barbara grew up in Cooperstown in the 1930s during the…

Barbara Louise Gray was born in East Springfield, New York in 1923 and grew up on a small dairy farm next to what is now Route 20. After marrying Herb Weaver, she raised three children and spent many years working outside of her home. She remains…

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…
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