The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force
May 25 - October 31, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The pickup truck is an icon of respected American values and virtues: it is honest, hard working, durable, and reliable. It is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States today. The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force, an exhibit opening Saturday, May 25 at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, examines the fascinating story of this uniquely American favorite. The exhibition runs through October 31.
The exhibit follows the route of the pickup truck from its beginnings when demand for pickup trucks actually preceded their supply. Until 1900, passenger vehicles were modified by dealers and buyers to create cargo wagons - replacing horse-drawn farm wagons. Read more »
Exhibition Dates: May 27-September 2, 2013
Exhibition Location: Robert Lehman Wing, court level and first floor
Press Preview: Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Because the American Civil War threatened both the founding principles and the viability of the republic, the nation’s entire population was deeply affected by the fact of the conflict and its outcome. The major loan exhibition The Civil War and American Art, which will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning May 27, will consider how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Landscapes and genre scenes-more than traditional history paintings-captured the war’s impact on the American psyche. The exhibition traces the trajectory of the conflict: unease as war became inevitable, optimism that a single battle might end the struggle, growing realization that fighting would be prolonged, enthusiasm and worries alike surrounding emancipation, and concerns about how to reunify the nation after a period of grievous division. The exhibition proposes significant new readings of many familiar masterworks-some 60 paintings and 18 photographs created between 1852 and 1877-including landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford, paintings of life on the battlefront and the home front by Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, and photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and George N. Barnard. Read more »
Season highlights include interactive 18th-century French Garrison Garden, Hands-on Horticulture Series, and new children’s programs in July and August
Ticonderoga, N.Y. - Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden opens for the season on May 25 with a stunning display of annuals and perennials! As the largest public garden in the Adirondack-Lake Champlain region and one of the oldest gardens in America, the King’s Garden offers daily guided tours and self-guided activities for adults and children throughout the season. The King’s Garden is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm daily, May 25 through October 16, 2013. Admission to the King’s Garden is included with a general admission ticket to Fort Ticonderoga. For additional information on the King’s Garden and its 2013 programs visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ or call 518-585-2821. Read more »
Tupper Lake, N.Y. - During the Adirondack Research Consortium’s annual conference on Thursday, May 16th, Tim Holmes, Membership and Appeals Officer for The Wild Center will reveal findings from a recently commissioned socio-economic study of the Center’s regional impact and reach. The Wild Center is a major catalyst and economic engine for the North Country. In a typical year, visitors to The Wild Center and Center operations generate more than $14 million in total regional revenue and 277 jobs.
Even before officially opening in 2006, The Wild Center was a driving economic force in the region. Read more »
The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, May 25 - September 2, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York presents The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, an exhibition exploring the work of three generations of artists from this prominent family. The Wyeths have greatly influenced each other’s techniques, media, and subject matter and have taught each other back and forth across the generations. Informed by a deep attachment to home and place, their works stand together to create a unique vision of American life. Works from N.C., Andrew, James, Henriette, and Carolyn Wyeth are included, as well as Howard Pyle and Peter Hurd. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 25 and runs through September 2, 2013. Read more »
Iroquois Cultural Festival, May 25-26, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y.- New demonstrations and artists expand the Iroquois Cultural Festival in its second year. On Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, the festival takes place on the expansive lakefront lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. A remarkable gathering of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artisans, dancers, musicians, and interpreters, this festival can’t be missed!
Joining the festival this year, Ronnileigh Goeman, Onondaga, demonstrates traditional Iroquois methods of weaving ash and sweet grass into baskets and embellishing them with moose hair and quills. Barry Keegan shows the process of knapping flint to create tools throughout the festival. On Saturday, visitors can watch an exposition of lacrosse, a game played to settle disputes, essential to keeping the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy together. Read more »
Howes Cave, N.Y. - The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY announces its 4th Annual Early Technology Day, this year-on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 4 pm. You’re invited to join the staff for flint knapping demonstrations, atl-atl shoot, and various demonstrations of early technology. The museum’s archaeology department will have a staffed display of local finds, artifact identification and more information on local digs.
Flint knapping is the ancient art of making chipped stone tools. Are you a knapper? Please join us! Curious? Want to learn? Come and see or learn hands-on! Are you interested in archaeology? Have you ever found an artifact? Please bring your finds and staff will try to identify them. The museum has one of the largest point-type collections on display, so you can compare your finds to theirs! This is a public event, please bring a friend. Read more »