The Farmers’ Museums’ Young Interpreter Program was started in 1993 to provided young folks aged 12-14 with an opportunity to learn about life in the mid-nineteenth century, develop skills in the crafts and trades common to the time, and practice public presentation skills.
The program is highly competitive and is offered to a limited number of self-motivated boys and girls. Those interested in participating in the program have to submit a letter expressing their interest and reasons for wanting to be a Young Interpreter along with the areas they are interested in working. The next step in the process is an interview with a panel of the museum staff with whom they might be working. Once accepted the young folks agree to work 1 day a week for 8 weeks in the area to which they are assigned.
This year we have eleven Young Interpreters. They are working in the General Store, Lippitt Farmhouse, Bump Tavern, Lippitt Farm, Textiles, Blacksmith Shop, Country Fair, Pharmacy, Print Shop, and Children’s Barnyard. They are an exceptional group of kids who are extremely enjoyable to work with and teach.Young Interpreter Julia D’Ambrosio shows off her delicious pie made in the bake oven at Lippitt Farmhouse.
Click here for more photos and an article written about our Young Interpreters’ Program in the Utica Observer-Dispatch