Canton Event: North Country Women of Courage


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Koch, Sarah Raymond sepiaThree women’s suffrage activists, four educators, two musicians, an artist, a psychiatrist, and a writer. These are just some of the amazing careers led by North Country Women of Courage who will be the subject of the Patricia Harrington Carson Brown Bag Lunch program tomorrow, Thursday, March 20th at noon at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.

Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public.  Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

Linda Casserly, Canton Town & Village Historian, will present a look into the lives of Ten North Country Women of Courage Pioneers.  In 1989 the St. Lawrence County Branch of the AAUW published a booklet of ten little known St. Lawrence County women who made significant contributions to the history and development of Northern New York and beyond. Their careers were varied and covered many different areas and causes.  None was born to great wealth.  Yet each displayed a type of courage against adversity, and each was ceaseless in her dedication to the goals and ethics of her chosen profession.  Each could serve as an excellent role model for our present and future generations, as indeed they truly have.  Members of the community will represent and help to tell the stories of these ten courageous women.

The Patricia Harrington Carson Brown Bag Lunch Series is a popular lunch time lecture series dedicated to the memory of Patricia Harrington Carson, who founded the series during her 24 years as a Trustee of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.  Pat Carson was active on numerous SLCHA Committees, and was an article writer and an issue editor of the SLCHA’s history journal The Quarterly.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.  The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton.  Parking is available in back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history.  For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail info@slcha.org.  The Patricia Harrington Carson Brown Bag Lunch series is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

Photo: Sarah Raymond Koch, born 1903, was a young teacher in District 5 on the road to Lake Ozonia, 4 miles from the village of St. Regis Falls. (Courtesy of Linda Casserly, Town & Village of Canton Historian.)

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