CGP Community Stories

Land, Water, and Environment


Land, Water, and Environment


environmental history


This collection contains oral history interviews and excerpts that address topics related to land use, water, environmental activism, and natural resources in Central New York State. New items are added on an ongoing basis.


Cooperstown Graduate Program


Cooperstown Graduate Program

Items in the Land, Water, and Environment Collection

John S. Davis, M.D. was born June 17, 1930 in Buffalo, NY. He grew up Orchard Park, NY. He received his BA from Hamilton College in 1952 and married his college sweetheart, Jean in 1953. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1956. After…

Raymond Key was born in Cooperstown, NY in 1935, but first lived in West Edmeston. He moved to Pierstown with his family in 1944 or 1945 and acquired a dairy farm there. He lived with his parents, three brothers, a sister, and a cousin. Key…

Born in 1951, Ellen Weir grew up in Cooperstown, New York on Nelson Avenue. Ellen was a self-proclaimed “wild child.” She has two brothers. Both her mother and father are deceased. When her parents divorced Ellen moved to California for ten years…

Marion Karl was born in 1928 in India where her parents were working as Baptist missionaries. She and her family returned to the United States from India at the cusp of the Second World War. Mrs. Karl went to Keuka College and Syracuse…

Dorothy Bolton is a lifetime resident of Burlington Flats, New York. She grew up as the daughter of a maple syrup producer and continued her agrarian lifestyle when she married a dairy farmer. Though farming remained a major aspect of Mrs. Bolton's…