The Little Falls Historical Society recently began a collaborative partnership with SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program of museum studies for the 2020 spring semester.
Dr. Erik Stengler’s second year graduate students will study Little Falls’ industrial history from 1790 – 1960 to fulfill requirements for the program’s Science of Cabinet Curiosities course. Upon successful completion of the spring semester, these Cooperstown students will have earned their graduate degrees in museum studies from SUNY Oneonta.
This is a hands-on course requiring students to deploy skills and learning from past coursework and apply them to a specific research project. The partnership’s primary purpose is to provide students with a real-world museum experience.
Students are required to select one object from the collections of the Historical Society’s Old Bank Museum and carry out in-depth research about how that object relates to a theme set at the beginning of the course.
The final course outcome will be an exhibition that brings all the student objects together into a book that collectively communicates their significance. Each student will contribute about ten pages to this book.
A core group of Historical Society volunteers has worked closely with Dr. Stengler in establishing both the working partnership itself and specific course requirements. Program students have worked on-site at the Old Bank Museum on a number of occasions.