Stepping Back, Looking Forward

SUNY Cobleskill and The Farmers’ Museum Join Forces to Present the Ever-Changing Face of American Farming

With its rich history of agricultural education and innovation, SUNY Cobleskill is partnering with The Farmers’ Museum, nearby in Cooperstown, New York in a compelling exhibit presenting the ever-changing face of American Farming. “SUNY Cobleskill: A Century of Innovation,” an exhibit within the Museum’s own, larger instillation titled, “Farming’s New Era: A Century of Innovation,” will be open for public viewing starting May 9 to October 31, 2015 at the Museum’s Main Barn area. This exhibit will run once more from April 1 to October 31, 2016.

A collaborative endeavor between the School of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the School of Business, Liberal Arts & Science, SUNY Cobleskill traces the incredible progress American farming has made over the last 100 years through the contrast of historic and current photos – a progression that neatly parallels the school’s own century of innovation in virtually every phase of the agricultural “food system,” from field to table.

A collection of indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Museum celebrates the history of American farming on a sprawling landscape once owned by James Fenimore Cooper, now a property of the Robert Clark Foundation. The “SUNY Cobleskill: A Century of Innovation” exhibit was jointly organized by Lois Goblet, Chief Advancement Officer at SUNY Cobleskill, and Bob Sutherland, an alumnus and former professor at SUNY Cobleskill, who is currently a Clark Foundation executive.

“This makes great sense for both institutions,” explains Bob Sutherland. “It helps SUNY Cobleskill demonstrate its impressive credentials to a broad spectrum of the public who might otherwise be unaware, while the Museum gains fresh, interesting content for our many new and returning visitors. It’s an idea that just … fits.”