Family Day at the Yager Museum, 2016

Hartwick’s Yager Museum Kicks Off Summer Crafternoons

June 26, 2018

Starting June 28, Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture will begin a weekly series of craft programs for children. Every Thursday from noon to 3 p.m., Summer Crafternoons will help youngsters explore their creative sides while inspired by a gallery setting.

The Museum will set up craft tables filled with all the supplies needed for kids to make something brilliant and beautiful. Snacks will also be available to help power participants’ creativity.

Summer Crafternoons are free and no reservation is needed, although an adult will be required to stay with children during the programs.

Each week will feature a different theme, and supplies specific to each theme will be provided. Budding artists may make any kind of art they choose, however. The weekly themes are:

  • June 28 – Flags
  • July 5 – Artifacts
  • July 12 – People
  • July 19 – Travel
  • July 26 – Friends

Also this summer, several exhibitions will be on view at the Museum, including:

  • Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now, which explores the history of African Americans and African-American Life at Hartwick Seminary and Hartwick College from the 19th century to the present. The exhibition features photos and documents from the College’s Paul F. Cooper Jr., Archives and artifacts from the Museum collections.
  • Contested Identities: Images of Native Americans, 1880-1930, which draws on compelling photographs from the Museum’s Falconer Collection to illustrate the struggles of Native Americans in retaining their cultural identities in the face of government efforts to assimilate them into the general American culture.
  • Of Time and the River: 12,000 Years in the Upper Susquehanna Region, which features many Native American artifacts collected by the Museum’s founder, Willard Yager.
  • Masterpieces of European and American Art: Hartwick College’s Art Treasure Room, a permanent exhibition of works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 20th century pieces by Rockwell Kent and Childe Hassam.
  • Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art and 20th Century Tourism, a student-curated exhibition that examines the Museum founder’s journey to the American Southwest, the cultures he encountered there, and the artifacts he brought back to Oneonta.
  • In a Modern Vein: Contemporary Art from the Yager Museum Collection, which highlights the Museum’s modern art collections, featuring works by Rauschenberg, Calder, Warhol, and more.
  • Sandell’s Ecuador: Through Objects and Images, a student-curated exhibition featuring the collections of an Oneonta missionary’s trip to the Amazon in the 1950s.

The Yager Museum is the Oneonta area’s only museum of art and culture. It is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 1 through July 31, after which it will be closed until the start of the College’s Fall Term. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and College holidays. Admission is free and parking is available near the entrance on the first floor of Yager Hall. To reach the Museum, take West Street to Clinton Street and turn right onto Cayuga Drive. Follow Cayuga Drive to Yager Hall. Parking is available adjacent to the Museum entrance.

For more information on The Yager and these exhibitions, visit the museum’s website or Facebook page, call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Museum Coordinator Doug Kendall at