farmers_logo.gifCooperstown, N.Y. - Fantastic Natural Fibers, next in the series of Step Back in Time Weekends at The Farmers' Museum, is the highlight on June 30 and July 1.  Demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits will show how natural fiber is harvested and transformed into yarns and threads. Craftspeople will then demonstrate how yarns and threads are then turned into wearable, utilitarian, and decorative items. Activities throughout the weekend will include spinning, dying, weaving, felting, knitting, crocheting, fiber processing. Fiber animals will be on exhibit. Fantastic Natural Fibers is a way to experience history first-hand at the museum. On eight weekends from June through September, the past comes to life as distinct themes are given special focus, ranging from fancy weaving to herbal remedies, with exciting activities and displays to interest the entire family. All Step Back in Time Weekends are held at the museum from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.  Through Labor Day 2012, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.

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About The Farmers' Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org