Historic Preservation Series continues through November

Building on the success of the Architectural Walking Tours of Richfield Springs, Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs in 2022, Otsego 2000 is offering a series of talks, walking tours, and a drop-in program on historic preservation topics.

“This year’s programs are purposefully interdisciplinary, incorporating science and history, as well as aesthetics, as they relate to building design, construction, and use, ” says Falk.

“The goal is to enrich our understanding of and appreciation for the built environment in Otsego County,” said Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000.

July 11, 12 pm – 2 pm
Historic Building Questions Answered

Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

101 Main Street in Pioneer Alley, Cooperstown

Bring photos of your home or barn and Dr. Cindy Falk will answer questions on its age, style and context. Ellen Pope of Otsego 2000 will offer information on New York State Tax Credits available for people who own historic homes and barns. Drop-in program. Farmers’ Market open from 12 pm to 4 pm. Free, no registration necessary.

July 16, 4 pm
Glorious Glass Walking Tour: Stained Glass Windows in Houses of Worship

First Baptist Church, 21 Elm Street

Dr. Cindy Falk will lead a walking tour of Cooperstown’s houses of worship, focusing on the windows. Colored glass, stenciling, and painted glass have all been used in Cooperstown to create windows that have stories to tell. $10.

August 20 at 4 pm
Raising Barns: Past, Present and Future

Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown, NY (use Mill Road entrance)

Dr. Cindy Falk will explore connections among agriculture, buildings, and the historic landscape of central New York and argue that old barns still matter in the 21st century, even when their historic uses have faded. Free. Registration appreciated using this form.

September 10, at 4 pm
More than the County Fair: Walking Tour of the Village of Morris

65 W. Main St, Morris, NY

As part of the Otsego 2000 Historic Preservation Series, Dr. Cindy Falk will lead a walking tour, highlighting Morris’ history and architecture. $10. Register using this form.

October 15 at 3 pm
Walking Tour: Cooperstown’s Indigenous Places

Village Hall, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown

Dr. Cindy Falk will lead a walking tour exploring the history of the Haudenosaunee in this area as well as the myths about Indigenous people that have developed over time with a focus on those shaped by author James Fenimore Cooper. $10. Register using this form.

November 12, time tbd
Walking Tour: Messages in Paint, Wood, and Stone

Meet at Doubleday Field Parking Lot, Cooperstown, NY

As part of Glimmerglass Film Days and the Otsego 2000 Historic Preservation Series, Dr. Cindy Falk will lead a walking tour exploring Cooperstown’s architectural landscape and searching for messages from the past. The tour will highlight signs, datestones, and makers marks as well as less explicit communications that are embedded in the local built environment. Free.