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Tuesday, April 9

starting at 10:30am


Conference Capstones

As you head home, stop by one of the local Mohawk Region museums for a Conference Capstone. 


Transportation is not provided to/from any of the Conference Capstones. 

Pre-Registration required (Cost included in Conference Registration).


The MANY Charter Bus will depart Cooperstown at 1pm allowing riders to attend a Capstone.

We recommend registering for a capstone within walking distance of the Otesaga.

Village of Cooperstown Walking Tour

Before leaving Cooperstown take some time to get to know the village outside the Otesaga Hotel. This tour will highlight the founding of Cooperstown and the creation of a mythical past in the ensuing years. Learn about Cooperstown’s Haudenosaunee and African American history as well as the legendary Cooper family.

*This Capstone has been filled.

Cynthia Falk, Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program

Understanding Your Communities and Interpreting Identities

Hanford Mills

How do organizations identify with and interpret its location? Do locals, recent arrivals, people of diverse ethnicities, and tourists view stories differently? Explore Hanford Mills Museum then join a panel and round table conversation about tourism, regional identities, working landscapes, and challenges of interpretation in large rural, and/or demographically-changing regions.

Liz Callahan, Executive Director, Hanford Mills Museum

Kajsa Harley, Education and Curatorial Initiatives Manager, Hanford Mills Museum

Katie Boardman, Principal, The Cherry Valley Group

Kelli Huggins, Visitor Experience, Coordinator, Catskill Center

Education Collaboration!

The Canajoharie Library and Art Museum

What happens when Applied Education museum graduate students mix it up with multiple grade levels to present tailor-made programs at the Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library (and how did they survive two snow storms in a single semester)? Join us and learn how the Museum/Library, Canajoharie Central School District, and Cooperstown Graduate Program joined forces to develop Education Collaboration! Now in its second year, this program expertly serves a largely rural school population and provides practical experience for emerging professionals. Museum staff, CCSD principal and teachers, and CGP students will discuss the birth, development, and implementation of this program; hands-on gallery activities and tours follow. Attendees receive sample lesson plans, activity packages, and program assessment strategies. Attendance is limited to thirty; lunch will be provided (suggested $5.00 donation at the Museum/Library). The Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library is seconds away from the Thruway, completely accessible, and the Museum has a spectacular collection. Come see for yourself!

Suzan D. Friedlander, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Arkell Museum & Canajoharie library

Stacy Ward, PreK-5 Principal, East Hill School Canajoharie Central School District

Behind the Scenes at the Fenimore Art Museum

Go behinds the scenes, visit areas of the museum not normally open to the public, and see how the curatorial department constructs an exhibit with Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions.
*This Capstone has been filled.

Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions, Fenimore Art Museum

Capstone at Hyde Hall

A rare, period lighting demonstration. Using examples of fully functioning antique lamps from 1817-35, Hyde Hall staff will offer an interactive presentation on historic lighting in Hyde Hall’s magnificent Drawing & Dining Rooms.  Special focus on the safe operation of historic lighting and the importance of authentic lighting in museum settings.Featuring demonstrations of  lighting devices common to the period, including Argand and sinumbra lamps, whale oil and burning fluid lamps, and Hyde Hall’s amazing vapor light chandeliers, believed to be the only functioning chandeliers of this type in their original location in the world.

Jonathan Maney, PhD, Executive Director & CEO, Hyde Hall

John Henry Aborn, Site Interpreter, Hyde Hall

John Bower, Marketing Manager, Hyde Hall

142 Years: Behind the Scenes at the Oneida County History Center

Learn about how the ONCH has been serving Oneida County for over a century! Go behind the scenes with an exclusive tour of their collections and hear from their staff how their programs and activities have connected them with their community. This will be followed with a behind the scenes tour of their collections storage area.

Teaching Core-Curriculum in a Museum

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s education program focuses on engagement with children both in and outside the doors of the Museum and teaches core-curriculum topics through the lens of baseball. In this program, the Museum’s education team will present an overview of its program which draws students for in-person visits from across the region and reaches classrooms across the county through virtual field trip technology. This session will include a review of the Museum’s Civil Rights, Women’s History and Cultural Diversity modules, three of 16 subjects that are offered through the Hall of Fame’s award-winning educational curriculum. The discussion will touch on the institution’s efforts engage at-risk students in the local community and across the nation, and the use of the Museum and Library collections to enhance the learning experience. 

Stephanie Hazzard, Director of Education, Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Bruce Markusen, Manager of Digital and Outreach Learning, Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Iroquois Indian Museum

Explore the Iroquois Indian Museum’s new exhibit “Treasured Traditions: A Statement of Place.”  This exhibit features the contemporary and historical traditions of Tuscarora beadwork, Oneida pottery, Seneca splint ash basketry, quilts from Akwesasne, and stone sculpture from Six Nations  selected and interpreted by guest curators from 5 Haudenosaunee communities. With this exhibit as a starting point we’ll investigate the challenges to including a strong Native voice in the narrative of a non-Native museum on a small budget. 

Stephanie Shultes, Director

Colette Lemmon, Curator of Exhibitions

Brenda LaForme, Cultural Interpreter

Christina Hanks, Board President

Celebrating 130 years of Schoharie County History: How to not get old when old is your business?  

Join the staff and trustees at the Schoharie County Historical Society and tour our museum complex including the iconic Old Stone Fort, built in 1772 as a church and only surviving valley fortification  during the American Revolution. Following the tour, join a round table discuss the struggle between relevance and keeping connected with the items and history you are charged to safeguard. 


Ommegang Brewery Tour & Tasting

Take a tour of Ommegang Brewery. Inspired by the idyllic beauty of their surrounds, informed by their deeply-rooted traditions, their farmstead brewery seeks to create distinctive, exceptional beers that transcend expectations. Learn more about how these brews are made, take a tour, and attend a tasting!*
*This Capstone has been filled.

*Tasting is $10 per person and is optional


Digital Collections: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In 2016, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, launched its Digital Collection which provides a gateway to the institution’s library, archives, and museum’s online collections. Join our staff as they discuss the benefits and challenges of working within Islandora, the open source system that was selected for the project, the development of best practices and workflows, making a system work for three different types of data, and how our system is evolving in response to both internal and external research needs.

Kelli Bogan, Photo Archivist/Director of Digital Assets, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Cassidy Lent, Reference Librarian, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


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