fenimore-art-museum.JPGCooperstown, N.Y. - On September 29, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, hosts its second annual Americana Symposium. This year the theme is "Civil War Era Material Culture."   The symposium brings together leading scholars and experts on American history, art, and culture.  This year's presentations include Joshua Brown, "Seeing the Civil War: Artists, Photographers, Cartoonists, and Pictorial News and Views" and Mark Osterman, "Photographic Techniques during the American Civil War."  Christopher Morton discusses New York State's Civil War battle flags. Rounding out the disciplines, Andrew F. Smith presents on food in the Civil War.   After morning speaker sessions and an optional buffet lunch at noon, the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers perform in a special presentation. The balladeers preserve thesongs, tunes, history, and spirit of the Antebellum and Civil War period using original musical arrangements and lyrics. Symposium attendees also have the opportunity to explore the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum. Cooking demonstrations take place at The Farmers' Museum, and a reproduction regimental silk flag will be painted at the Fenimore Art Museum. The symposium coincides with the Fenimore Art Museum's exhibition, On the Home Front: New York in the Civil War, which runs through December 31, 2012. The exhibition features Civil War-era artifacts, artwork, photographs and clothing. The public is invited to explore the exciting world of Americana. Registration is $65 for NYSHA members, $75 non-members. For a complete schedule or to register online, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org or call (607) 547-1453. 



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 About Fenimore Art Museum The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James FenimoreCooper's "Glimmerglass Lake" -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region's unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA's showcase museum. FenimoreArtMuseum.org