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Fenimore Publishes Book On Its Hamilton Letters

Fenimore Publishes Book

On Its Hamilton Letters

Hit Broadway Musical Elevated Interest
In Correspondence Leading To Famed Duel
“Your Obedient Servant” is available at The Fenimore gift shop and online.

COOPERSTOWN – The Fenimore Art Museum today announced the publication of “Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr,” built around the 35 letters between the two Founding Fathers leading up to their fatal duel on July 11, 1804.

“Your Obedient Servant” includes 10 of the most significant letters that have never been illustrated.  The text of the letters has not appeared collectively in a single volume since “Interview in Weehawken” (1960).

THE FENIMORE Rocks ‘n’ Rolls


Rocks ‘n’ Rolls

Herb Ritts’ Photos From Rock Hall

Open Now In Cooperstown Exhibit

Smile for the camera! Todd Kenyon, director of communications, strikes a pose as curator Chris Rossi imagines she’s Herb Ritts. The backdrop, reminiscent of Ritts’ “Cherish” photoshoot with Madonna, will be available for photos in the community room. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

The Fenimore has produced cards with images of Ritts’ photos to promote the exhibit.

COOPERSTOWN – At the Fenimore Art Museum, there’s a whole room dedicated to Madonna.

Not “Giotto” or “Pieta” – The Material Girl.

“Herb Ritts photographed her 36 different times,” said Todd Kenyon, director of communications. “The first time he shot her, she swore she’d never work with him again – and then she saw the pictures.”

“Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” opened this past Tuesday, April 2. A collaboration between the Fenimore, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Herb Ritts Foundation, the exhibit includes 100 of Ritts’ iconic rock photography, as well as related artifacts from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“It’s a little different than we’ve done in the past,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore president. “We’ve always had photo exhibits, but this is a whole different feel, a whole different experience.”

The show was curated in collaboration with the Herb Ritts Foundation, which advised on layout. “They were the ones who suggested Madonna have a separate space,” said D’Ambrosio. “When we put it all up on the wall, we realized they knew what they were talking about.”

Lonni Sue’s Artistic Journey Explored In Fenimore Exhibit

Lonni Sue’s Artistic Journey

Explored In Fenimore Exhibit

Pre-2007 works by Lonni Sue Johnson are examined by Todd Kenyon, Fenimore Art Museum director of communications. (Jim Kevlin/
Lonni Sue’s recent works are described as looser, but no less enticing, by the show’s local curator, Chris Rossi.

COOPERSTOWN – “Puzzles of the Brain,” an exhibit that traces the artistic development of Lonni Sue Johnson after she suffered brain damage,  will open tomorrow (Oct. 13) at The Fenimore Art Museum.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except Mondays.

Lonni Sue created New Yorker covers and art for other national publications from her home outside Middlefield Center before being stricken with viral encephalitis in 2007.  While living locally she was an avid pilot, and published a column, “Aerial Perspective,” every other week in The Freeman’s Journal.

Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Too Many Baseball Stores,

Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Let’s Work Together To Revive Downtown,
Cooperstown’s Benefactress Tells Chamber

Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution.  The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores.  While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors.  (Parker Fish/

CORRECTION ‘Arts On Ice’ Activities In July, Not This Weekend


‘Arts On Ice’ Activities In July, Not This Weekend

COOPERSTOWN – The “Arts On Ice” activities detailed on the section front in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal will not happen this weekend, but in July.

Here is the link to the “Arts On Ice” gala:

Here is link to the related forum:

450 Students Visit Today For New York History Day

450 Students Visit Today

For New York History Day

A New York State History Day team from Cornwall Central School in the Hudson Valley reconnoitered a few minutes ago in front of The Fenimore Art Museum. Clockwise from front are students Ellie Barth, Max Dinnebeil, Navya Suri and Laraine Arcangel, nd adviser Jeff Danzer. In the back are parents Monika Suri and Rebecca Barth. Students, 450 in all, are evident throughout Cooperstown today for the annual event. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO/.com)

COOPERSTOWN – You may have noticed: 450 middle and high school students – plus family members and teachers – from around the Empire State are in Cooperstown today for New York History Day, organized by The Fenimore Art and Farmers’ museums.

History Day uses space at numerous Cooperstown venues for students to present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances – in addition to the two museums, the Baseball Hall of Fame and The Otesaga.   The awards ceremony is at Cooperstown High School at 5.

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