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Faculty Institute: Cooperstown

Participants will engage in direct observation, mapping exercises, writing assignments, interviews, and discussions. The Institute will culminate with a workshop on adaptations of City as Text™ methodology to participants’ home campuses, to academic service-learning immersion projects, and to residential travel programs. Both the structure and content of this institute apply remarkably well to travel sites of all kinds; we will explore and compare these possibilities together.

5/15/2019 to 5/19/2019
When: May 15-19, 2019
Where: Cooperstown
Copperstown, New York 
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Doubleday Field and much more, the town of Cooperstown is forever connected with America’s National Pastime, baseball, but also other aspects of Americana. As the Hall of Fame says, “Yes, most visitors – nearly 300,000 last year – make the pilgrimage to Cooperstown to pay homage to the heroes of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but in the process, many also discover an unspoiled repository of America’s heritage, rich in history, art, architecture and natural beauty. Exploring the baseball museum and the other gems of Cooperstown, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, it is possible to find not just a wealth of individual revelations but the core of America itself” ( ). Located in the hills of upstate New York, Cooperstown faces the challenge of balancing history and nostalgia for America’s past heroes with the economic and social realities of tourism and commercial development.

Join us at this NCHC Faculty Institute as we examine how Cooperstown, past and present, asks us to consider the challenges and opportunities baseball and other Americana bring to the community and its residents. We will also explore and decipher the various narratives and tensions presented by Cooperstown’s living history, heritage, and material cultural.

The Cooperstown: Baseball and Other Past Times Institute is designed for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs. Alumni of earlier NCHC Institutes have used Place as Text pedagogy in disciplines ranging from the arts and social sciences to math and science. Ideal as integrative learning modalities, these experiential strategies include reflective practices and writing assignments that can be adapted for use in student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of this Institute.


Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
NCHC Faculty Institutes are development opportunities for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs.

The City as Text™ experiential strategies of the Institute include reflective practices and projects adaptable to study abroad, service learning, student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops as well as honors courses in any discipline. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of the Institute.


Cooperstown: Baseball and Other Past Times Institute PDF



Participants should arrive in Cooperstown in time for a 2:00 p.m. start to the Institute.

Wednesday, May 15:
Introductions and initial walkabout of downtown Cooperstown, NY; debriefing seminar followed by opening reception. Writing time in the evening and dinner in small groups.

Thursday, May 16:
Brief meeting to discuss initial writings followed by excursions to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Fenimore Cooper Museum. Dinner in small groups followed by writing time.

Friday, May 17:
All-day excursions to Farmer’s Museum, Glimmerglass State Park, and Glimmerglass Festival. Possible trip to Ommegang Brewery. Preparation of Turning Point essays.

Saturday, May 18:
Daylong Workshop. Analysis and discussion of group observations and individual Turning Point essays will be followed by a workshop on applying City as Text™ pedagogy to participants’ home campus. The Institute will wrap up with a closing dinner.

Sunday, May 19:


NCHC Member Price $900 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1800 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register April 15, 2018







Cooperstown is accessible by plane or car. Participants should fly in to the Albany, NY, airport and then rent a car to drive the 90 minutes to Cooperstown—this is the closest airport. Facilitators can help connect participants who are interested in carpooling. The Otesaga Hotel will provide overnight accommodations for Institute participants. The cost is $261 per night for single or double occupancy and includes a generous breakfast. If you wish to share a room with a fellow participant, the facilitators will assist.

Registrants may make their reservations online using the link below, or by phone at (607) 547-9931; please identify yourself as part of the Honors Institute group.

NCHC Reservations at The Otesaga Hotel



If you have any questions regarding your trip specifically, please contact your trip facilitators listed below. They will be sending you more information regarding what to pack, and any supplies you may need for your trip.



Leslie Heaphy, Kent State University

Lauren Rice, Longwood University




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than thirty days in advance of the trip registration deadline date: February 15, 2019.

  • Received prior to 30 days of registration deadline:          Full refund, less a $350 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 30 days of registration deadline:            No refunds granted

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