On Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm at Hanford Mills Museum, the public is invited to “Oral Histories of the Land: A Community Dialogue about our Natural Landscape,” part of the CGP Community Stories project. The evening is part of a series sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) and the New York State Historical Association.
CGP Community Stories offers the opportunity to share and listen to oral histories of how people relate to the land. Topics covered include transformations in agriculture, natural resources (their use, conservation and management), water use and quality, and environmental impacts. The goal of the program is to use oral histories to stimulate dialogue about the history of the land and its current and future uses.
The program will be held in the Post Office Conference Room at Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith. Refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to all.
"We are pleased to be able to bring the rich oral history collections of the Cooperstown Graduate Program and New York State Historical Association to the Hanford Mills Museum. We've gathered some exciting material about the Mill and water power that should be of great interest to the local community," said Will Walker, assistant professor of history at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta).
“Hanford Mills Museum is pleased to host this evening for CGP Community Stories, and to provide our neighbors with the opportunity to share and explore the history of local land use, and how it can inform future decisions,” said Hanford Mills Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan.
About Hanford Mills Museum
As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices. The Museum is open mid-May through mid-October, and for special events, such as the Ice Harvest Festival on February 2, 2013. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi.
For more information, visit http://www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.