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July 25, 2013

Otsego Land Trust and NYSHA to host hikes

The Otsego Land Trust and the New York State Historical Association are teaming to host two hikes. 

The events will be co-led by Garet Livermore of NYSHA and Virginia Kennedy, executive director of Otsego Land Trust. The first hike will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 30 at the Fenimore Art Museum. The second will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Brookwood Point.

NYSHA and OLT invite members of the public to walk through landscapes that inspired Cooper’s novels and gain a perspective on how the history and writers of 19th-century American romanticism impacted the American environmental movement.   

Highlighting authors such as James and Susan Fenimore Cooper and Henry David Thoreau and the histories of native peoples of the region, Livermore and Kennedy will share perspectives on the history and literature that frame environmentalism in the Otsego region and in America in general.   

Livermore, vice president for education at NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum has used Otsego Lake as a teaching tool for graduate classes, public programs and K-12 curriculum as an integral part of NYSHA’s educational offerings for 15 years. 

Kennedy has a PhD in English and American Indian studies. Her research and writing focus on environmental ethics in American and American Indian literatures.

The July 30 hike at the Fenimore Art Museum, the grounds and building of which were originally owned by James Fenimore Cooper, is handicapped-accessible and winds along the Lake Side Trail behind the museum.   

“Otsego Lake is one of the most historic and beautiful landscapes in Central New York, this walk will look at the landscape from the grounds of the Fenimore Art Museum,” said Livermore in a media release. “This walking tour will explore 400 years of history in an hour and a half program. Participants will learn about the natural world, Native American history and the building of Cooperstown.” 

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