Community Day

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 9:00am

As the beauty of autumn heads into full swing this weekend in Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will help celebrate the season with the 2017 edition of Community Day.

Residents of Otsego County will be provided with complimentary admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum as Cooperstown recalls a memorable 2017 and looks forward to another historic year in 2018.

At The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, visitors are invited to experience the Museum’s new additions from 2017, including artifacts from the 2017 season and plaques and exhibits from the Class of 2017. The Museum will also offer a variety of family-oriented programming throughout the day, all included with Museum admission:

11:00 AM: Plaques of the Gallery Tour

This 20-minute guided tour educates visitors about the history and tradition of the Hall of Fame Gallery. Guests will learn the ins and outs of the Hall of Fame induction process, the methods by which each plaque is made and installed, and the stories behind them.

12:00 pm: Open Hour in the Learning Center

This interactive room allows families to explore baseball history through hands-on items from the Hall of Fame’s education collection. Learn how the equipment and style of the uniforms have changed over time.

2:00 pm: So You Think You Know Baseball?

Test your knowledge of baseball history in this interactive game show for fans of all ages! Make your way through all nine innings, and you could win a free commemorative Hall of Fame gift. Put your wits to the test and see if you’ve got what it takes to walk away a winner!

3:00 pm: A Hall for Heroes Film Screening

Join us for a special screening of this film produced by MLB Advanced Media and narrated by Bob Costas as we honor the Hall of Fame Inductees. This film tells the story of the founding of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the first Induction Ceremony, held in 1939.

At The Fenimore Art Museum, visitors can see The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection. Dick Button is widely considered one of the premier male figure skaters. He dominated the world of figure skating for a seven-year period, winning two Olympic gold medals (1948 and 1952), five consecutive World Championships, seven U.S. National titles and North American and European Championships. His legacy of the sport extends beyond competition, performance, analysis and production into building a diverse and distinguished collection of paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, costumes, and folk art that honors the long history, evolving artistry, and cultural impact of skating. Learn more at

At The Farmers’ Museum, enjoy free carousel rides throughout the day. Then, reacquaint yourself with the timeless Historic Village, friendly farm animals and engaging interpreters – characteristics that make this attraction a destination for travelers from around the country.