CGP Community Stories

Browse Items (164 total)

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 1925, in New Berlin, New York, Howard Talbot has had the privilege and responsibility of working for one of the most important sports related destinations in the country. Mr. Talbot served as an accountant, assistant treasurer, treasurer, and…

Homer Osterhoudt is a lifelong resident of New York’s Otsego County and the Cooperstown area. Born January 17, 1918 in Oneonta, Mr. Osterhoudt grew up primarily in Phoenix Mills on his father’s farm until moving into Cooperstown with his wife…

Jim Atwell was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1938. Atwell spent thirteen years as a Catholic teaching monk in the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a group of lay men who dedicate their lives to the ministry of Christian education, in Baltimore,…

Nancy Dunn was born September 21, 1927 in Cooperstown, New York where she has lived almost her entire life. Every aspect of her rich life is tied to the town of Cooperstown. She spent her childhood playing alongside her future husband. She watched…

Douglass Mount Deer is the minister for the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown, New York. He was born in August 9, 1951, in Southington, Connecticut, to Gordon Spencer Deer and Phyllis Shepherd Deer. Mr. Deer and his family moved several times…

Robert Banta was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923. After living the better part of his childhood in the City—particularly Garden City, on Long Island—he and his family moved upstate when his father bought a farm in the midst of the Great…

Shotgun Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Shepard. Conducted by Jean Spraker for a folklife course with Dr. Bruce Buckley.

Ernie Chase is a lifetime resident of the Cooperstown area. He was born at the Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown in 1919 and has lived here since then. Having lived and worked around Otsego Lake for his whole life, Mr. Chase has been a witness to…

Shirley Banta lived her life in small-town New York. Yet she attended college in the 1940's, a rarity for women at the time, and later became a teacher. Consequently, much of Shirley's oral history revolves around her schooling. Living in Upstate New…
Output Formats

atom, dcmes-xml, json, omeka-json, omeka-xml, rss2