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.

Back to School with CGA

A symposium for museum professionals and museum lovers Presented by the Cooperstown Graduate Association

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 8am-3:30pm at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York

Wish you could step back into the classroom and learn about the new, cutting-edge scholarship being discussed? Nows your chance! On Saturday, October 1, join CGP professors and alumni for sessions on dialogue training, digital technology in museums, new museum theory and topics, and helping the U.S. Army care for cultural property.

Click here to register today

Early Bird Fee: $50 for CGA members and $60 for nonmembers

Registration Fee after September 1: $55 for CGA members and $65 for nonmembers

Final Registration Deadline is Friday, September 16.

Not ready to head home when the school bell rings? Then add a fun night of beer history and tastings on to your registration:

A Glass of Beer History: Saturday, October 1 | 7pm

Explore the signs, sounds, and tastes of 6,000 years of brewing history with Connecticut River Museum director Christopher Dobbs (CGP Class of 1998) and folk musician Rick Spencer). Tickets include program with beer tastings that reflect beers evolution from ancient civiliations to the modern microbrew craze.

Registration Fee: $30 per ticket; $25 if purchased along with Back to School with CGA registration

For more information, visit A Glass of Beer History

Questions? Contact Coordiantor of Alumni Affairs Cathy Raddatz at

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.