Lakefront Park in winter

CGA events

The Cooperstown Graduate Association (CGA), the alumni organization of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, organizes a variety of academic and social events throughout the school year. For information on any of these events, please contact Catherine M. Raddatz, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs.

Cooperstown Graduate Program's 50th Anniversary

Join us as we celebrate the Cooperstown Graduate Program’s 50th Anniversary on October 10-12, 2014 for a weekend of remembering, learning, and feasting! For hotel accommodations and more information please contact Catherine M. Raddatz.

Visit the 50th Anniversary Celebration website for an updated schedule of events, to hear and contribute oral histories related to CGP history, and to learn more about the LegacyForward fundraising campaign.

CGA Conference

Every other fall CGA sponsors a scholarly symposium held in Cooperstown. A call for papers is made in the spring preceding the conference. Submissions are received from nationally known historians and material culture scholars as well as students from graduate programs in a variety of disciplines. The conference also coincides with our yearly hands-on workshops.

Bruce Buckley Lecture

CGPs legacy is steeped in the dedication to the study of folklore and folk life. Until 1979, CGP offered a degree in American Folk Culture, and folklorists throughout the country recognized the program for its quality and dedication to the field.

Although no longer a degree program, folk studies remains an important component of the CGP education and curriculum. A research and fieldwork course is required during the first year of study, and students learn how to conduct oral histories and record traditions and stories of the past.

CGP also holds an annual lecture on a topic in folk studies. Every year, the program invites an established scholar in the field to share his or her expertise, experiences, and advice through a free evening presentation for the entire community and a professional seminar for students.

Click here to learn about this year's Buckley Scholar as well as previous Buckley Scholars.