- Ask most teenagers how they spend their summer and you will likely hear about watching movies, mowing the lawn, andspending time socializing online. But, if you ask a Young Interpreter about their summer, they will tell you a much richer story - one filled with lifelong memories - like working as a blacksmith or learning to run an 1840's printing press. The Farmers' Museum, one of the nation's premier rural history museums, is currently recruiting for this summer's Young Interpreter program. Boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 14, as of May 1st, are invited to apply by May 15th.
Young Interpreters will have the opportunity to work in various selected sites throughout The Farmers' Museum including: Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop, Lippitt Farmhouse, Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy, The Middlefield Printing Office, Todd's General Store, the Children's Barnyard, or developing spinning and weaving skills. "This program is so popular because the boys and girls who participate enjoy working one-on-one with our experienced staff to learn new and unique skills," says program manager Gwen Miner. "Plus, the leadership and presentation skills they gain over the summer are life-long benefits."
A limited number of students will be accepted for the program; the application process is competitive. To apply, submit by May 15th a one to two page letter expressing your interest and reasons for wanting to be a Young Interpreter, as well as, an explanation of which apprenticeship you would like and why. Mail to: Young Interpreter Program, The Farmers' Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Letters of reference are not necessary.
A committee of museum staff will review the applications. Applicants will be chosen based on their commitment and interest, maturity, willingness to learn, and ease with the public.
Young interpreters are expected to work one day a week for a period of eight weeks, beginning the last week in June and ending the last week in August. Students applying for the Young Interpreter Program must have parental permission and transportation to the Museum during the course of the program.
The program takes place at The Farmers' Museum, a premier rural history museum established in 1943. The Museum presents the trades and crafts common to ordinary people of rural 19th-century New York State in its historic village and farmstead.
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org