CRG@CGP is the course blog for the Cooperstown Graduate Program’s “Class, Race, and Gender” course.  In this course, we explore how museums are (or should be) engaging past and present issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ability in American society and culture.  We use classic fiction and non-fiction texts as entry points for these discussions.

National Endowment for the Humanities grant reviewers named the Cooperstown Graduate Program, “the premier program for the training of museum professionals in the United States.” The Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies is one of the oldest academic programs in the country for the training of museum professionals.  The Program, founded in 1964, by Dr. Louis C. Jones, then Director of the New York State Historical Association, addressed the need for a school to train scholar/professionals for history museums. It is an academic program of the State University of New York at Oneonta.

The Cooperstown Graduate Program trains history museum professionals who are committed to public service, and who see museums as important vehicles for civic dialogue.  We believe that museums can help us to understand the world and ourselves.  All of central New York State is our service-learning laboratory and students work with museums throughout the region.  Each year students develop programs for Pathfinder Village, a residential home for people with developmental disabilities, create programs for schoolchildren, and coach History Day teams.  They write national register nominations and create interpretive exhibitions for regional museums and not-for-profit organizations.