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In the image Dezemo family members pose next to a barn on a pile of hay. “Mama” Dezemo sits on a ladder near the bottom of the pile and holds a little girl in her right arm, possibly Myrtle Dezemo. In her left hand she holds a hat. Standing on top of the pile of hay are three children. The boy on the right may be George A. Dezemo. The center child may be Anna Dezemo. On the left is Jim. This image is part of a collection of photographs of the Dezemo family, owners of a dairy farm in Orange County, New York possibly in Walden, New York.


Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

by Josh and Brent

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