fenimore-farmers-logo.JPGCooperstown, N.Y. -The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, have received a donation from KeyBank for $5,000. The generous gift was given to support travel grant opportunities that will cover transportation costs for fourth grade students, in Otsego County and the surrounding region, planning to visit the Museums. These grants will pay partial or total transportation costs depending on the school's location and need. "Key is proud to sponsor the Farmers Museum Fall Festival Program once again as part of our ongoing commitment to the Cooperstown community," said James Empie, Vice President and manager, Cooperstown branch, KeyBank. "This year we are pleased to be able to assist underserved students through our Key Foundation. This program enables school visits to the museum for those students who would other wise not experience the culture and history of our nation." "We know that school budgets are tighter than ever, and we thank KeyBank for their part in supporting this much needed program to bring students to our museums," said John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education at the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum.  The programs are currently available for the fourth grade only.  For Otsego County fourth grade students, both bussing and admissions can be covered by this grant.  For students outside of Otsego County, NYSHA is offering matching grants to PTOs or schools who are providing most of the costs of the field trips. For more information about making a gift to Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum, including matching gifts, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org  and FarmersMuseum.org. 


About the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) has been welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage since 1899 through exhibitions and programs that provoke, delight, and inspire.  Whether you are a student exploring history through New York History Day; a visitor taking in the Fenimore Art Museum's world-class collections; a researcher combing through the holdings of our Research Library in Cooperstown or online; a scholar, teacher, or history buff attending one of our conferences or enjoying the journal of New York History or another of our publications; or a family experiencing first-hand a 19th-century farming community at The Farmers' Museum, a vibrant living history museum and sister institution, you are experiencing a dynamic 21st-century cultural institution.   About the Fenimore Art Museum The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper'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 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, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring 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