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January 23, 2014

Graduate program working on community project

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In December, CGP students invited the community members they interviewed for a special “Community Stories” event. Those histories are available to listen to at www.cgpcommunitystories.org.

The goal of the involvement of the students in the community is to be able to engage people of all ages, creeds, races and ethnicities in museum programming, Sorin said.

The Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) was founded in 1964 and offers a two-year course of study that leads to a Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies. The CGP is a partnership between the State University College at Oneonta and the New York Historical Association that provides students with in depth knowledge of museum studies.

Service and experience based learning is at the core of the program, Sorin said.

“One of the things we do here is focus in on the museum as a community service organization,” Sorin said.

Sorin said there are many exciting things to come for the CGP. This year culminates the 50th anniversary of the program and they are collaborating with local museums to do an exhibit on Main Street in Cooperstown.

Also, the CGP is hosting a lecture on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. about the “Negro Motorists Green Book.”

“Published between 1936 and 1966, the Green Book was a guide for African Americans traveling through segregated America, offering a list of safe places to stop,” Britney Schline wrote in an email.

The lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The lecture will be held at the CGP campus at 5838 State Route 80 in Cooperstown and is free and open to the public.

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