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Interviewees discuss dairy farming; milk, cheese, and butter production; hops growing; transportation; farm technology; the distribution of goods; family; and community. Many of the recordings include reflections on the transformations in farming within the last seventy-five years. In particular, many interviewees discuss the transition from small farming to large-scale production. The materials in this collection paint a vivid portrait of farm life and provide a reminder that agriculture has played a key role in New York State history.

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Ernie Chase is a lifetime resident of the Cooperstown area. He was born at the Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown in 1919 and has lived here since then. Having lived and worked around Otsego Lake for his whole life, Mr. Chase has been a witness to…

Marjorie Schellhammer was born Marjorie Schielto, in Burlington, New York in 1926. It was there that she grew up with her three siblings on her family's dairy farm. In the first part of the interview she recounts rural life during the Great…

David Petri is a longtime resident of Cooperstown, NY and grew up visiting his grandparents’ dairy farm. Petri collects material culture from the surrounding Leatherstocking region and has actively gathered information about farming techniques…

Lynn Green, Jr., is an attorney in Cooperstown, New York. Green was born in Oneonta, New York on May 15, 1945 and grew up in Hartwick, New York, although he attended school in nearby Cooperstown. After graduating from Cooperstown High School, Green…

Carolyn Lindberg, a long-time resident of Burlington Flats, New York, was born on August 29th, 1936, in her family home in Burlington Flats. Carolyn went to school, church, and attended social activities all within the local community. She married…