Well folks, I’m back in upstate New York and ready to take on a new semester! Tomorrow the second year class of the Cooperstown Graduate Program commences on their first adventure of the new semester – a field trip to Vermont and Montreal. My classmates have traveled from across the country from various internships placements and I’m pretty excited to hear all about their experiences. Yesterday we had our first gathering individually with the staff and then as a group to discuss our thesis topics and the upcoming semester. Friends of the program from the area invited us over for dinner and we celebrated our return to Cooperstown in style!
Over the past week I’ve been able to take in a few of the local sights. It’s tourist season in upstate New York and the streets are crowded with people! A friend and I made a stop at the New York State Historical Association to see the American Impressionism exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum and ride the carousel at the Farmers’ Museum. It’s nice to be able to walk around the museums and see so many people enjoying themselves. Tomorrow we take off for Vermont. Our first stop is the Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms in Burlington. I’m excited to discuss topics surrounding outdoor museums and agricultural education centers. In a time when living history museums are on the decline, what is Shelburne doing right? What can the Farmers’ Museum and other museums learn from them?
Monday to Thursday it’s off to Montreal, Canada. This will be my first time to the city and I’m looking forward to exploring the old city, sampling some wonderful cuisine, and soaking up the rich cultural heritage of the area. A few highlights will include a visit with an alum at the Centre d’histoire de Montreal, a tour of the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, and a theatrical performance at the Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site. On one of our free afternoons I plan to explore the Montreal Science Centre. They are currently running a special exhibition about Star Wars and identity that I’m very excited about!
What a nice way to start the semester! Thesis? Classes? Internship? They can wait! More updates to come.