Home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Doubleday Field and much more, the town of Cooperstown is forever connected with America’s National Pastime, baseball, but also other aspects of Americana. As the Hall of Fame says, “Yes, most visitors – nearly 300,000 last year – make the pilgrimage to Cooperstown to pay homage to the heroes of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but in the process, many also discover an unspoiled repository of America’s heritage, rich in history, art, architecture and natural beauty. Exploring the baseball museum and the other gems of Cooperstown, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, it is possible to find not just a wealth of individual revelations but the core of America itself”. Located in the hills of upstate New York, Cooperstown faces the challenge of balancing history and nostalgia for America’s past heroes with the economic and social realities of tourism and commercial development.
Join us at this NCHC Faculty Institute as we examine how Cooperstown, past and present, asks us to consider the challenges and opportunities baseball and other Americana bring to the community and its residents. We will also explore and decipher the various narratives and tensions presented by Cooperstown’s living history, heritage, and material cultural.
Costs & Deadlines
Estimated $900 which includes $350 non-refundable deposit. This cost covers Institute reading materials, instructional fees, opening reception, and final group dinner. It does not include travel to and from Cooperstown, accommodations, local transportation, or most meals.
April 15, 2019