Eugene Vance, language instructor at Cornell, who was in charge of the group on its visit to Cooperstown, explained that following each week of study, Saturday’s excursions are planned by the College to various points of interest in the state.
The first such excursion was the visit to Cooperstown, and the first stop here was the Fenimore House where they were greeted by W. Dale Brown, Otsego County agricultural agent on behalf of the New York State Extension Service Association.
It was an interested, alert and well-informed group that listened to Dr. Louis C. Jones, NYSHA’s director, who speaking on the history, background and aims of the Association asked the group if they had heard of James Fenimore Cooper. Each one answered with a loud “yes.”
The group’s spokesman, a tall, handsome blonde Russian in perfect English told this reporter that the works of James Fenimore Cooper are required reading and that he first read “Leatherstocking Tales” when a young child.