Members of the public are invited to “Oral Histories of the Land: A Community Dialogue about our Natural Landscape” at Hanford Mills Museum.

The event is part of the Cooperstown Graduate Program Community Stories project and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. 

CGP Community Stories offers the opportunity to share and listen to oral histories of how people relate to the land. Topics covered, according to a media release, will include transformations in agriculture, natural resources (their use, conservation and management), water use and quality and environmental impacts. The goal of the program, the release said, is to use oral histories to stimulate dialogue about the history of the land and its current and future uses. 

The program will be held in the Post Office Conference Room at Hanford Mills Museum, at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith. Refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to all.

“We are pleased to be able to bring the rich oral history collections of the Cooperstown Graduate Program and New York State Historical Association to the Hanford Mills Museum. We’ve gathered some exciting material about the Mill and water power that should be of great interest to the local community,” Will Walker, assistant professor of history at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, said in the release. 

“Hanford Mills Museum is pleased to host this evening for CGP Community Stories, and to provide our neighbors with the opportunity to share and explore the history of local land use, and how it can inform future decisions,” Hanford Mills Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan said in the release.   

CGP Community Stories is made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. For more information, contact Will Walker at 547-2586, or email

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