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Chuck Pinkey

June 28, 2014

History to take center stage at Farmers' Museum

A new program at the Farmers’ Museum will offer an added dimension to the visitor’s experience starting July 5, according to a media release.

Starting that date museum-goers will encounter actors playing the roles of individuals from the mid-19th century. The museum’s Templeton Players will present historical vignettes, lead tours as historical characters, and host an old-time radio show.

The players are part a new dramatic interpretation program at The Farmers’ Museum. The program’s founder, education director Danielle Newell, said: “The objective is to connect people to history in a personal and relevant way.”

The group will perform vignettes about the Anti-Rent War, a 1839-45 tenants’ revolt in upstate New York will be staged Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. beginning July 5. The performances are held throughout the museum and included with museum admission.

Also beginning July 5, tours of the museum’s historic gardens will be led by an actor playing Susan Fenimore Cooper, daughter of author James Fenimore Cooper. Tours continue on Saturdays in July and August at 1 pm. Tickets for the tour cost $2 tickets for museum-goers.

On July 6 at 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy sketches and live music during the Hearth to Hearth old-time radio show — the museum’s answer to public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. On that day only, vignettes on the Anti-Rent War will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The dramatic interpreters that make up the Templeton Players are Joey Bertram, Deirdre Brett, Richard Brockman, Michael Davis, Judi Henrici, Michael Henrici, Tom Heitz, Abbey Koutnik, Gary Koutnik, Marika Middelkoop, Roeland Middelkoop, Kelly O’Brien-Shumway, Donald Raddatz, Joanne Telfer, Catherine Thompson, Patti VanTassel and Hayden Zahn.

Behind the scenes, Cassandra Howe is the dramatic interpretation coordinator, Michael Henrici is the creative director and historic clothing maker, and Axel Estable is the dramaturge.

Volunteer actors are welcome to join the Templeton Players. Email if interested.

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