Peterboro’s Peter Smith: Furs, Land, and Anguish


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Land Office CornueOn Saturday, March 3rd at 12:30 pm, Norm Dann will describe and sign his new book Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land, and Anguish at the Smithfield Community Center in Peterboro, Madison County, NY.

In the preface of his new book, Dann hypothesizes why there has not been a published biography. Also in the preface Dann explains that his intent of this work is to focus, not so much on what Smith did, but to examine the kind of person that Smith was and how that influenced what he did. Investigating Smith in this way presents him as a tragic figure in the classical sense. Continue reading

Chair-Caning Workshops Planned For Canton


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Chair caningThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association is offering a low cost chair-caning workshop on three consecutive Wednesday evenings, March 7, 14, and 21 from 7-9 pm. Carl Stickney, instructor for the workshop, has decades of experience in chair caning.

Participants in the workshop should bring a chair with the old caning removed. The appropriate chair, which will take a caned seat, has holes around the inner edge of the opening in the chair seat frame. These holes are also visible from the underside of the chair. It is expected that participants will be able to complete the caning of one chair during the course of the workshop. Continue reading

Newburgh: The Lazell-Cathcart Moment


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Lazell, Ladies Home Journal, 1917Sometimes, I think there would be less interest in fiction, if we only knew more local history. Perhaps I have just been spoiled by the stories that keep bubbling up — as if emanating from the floorboards — in one 1868 house in Newburgh, New York.

Prior owners called it The Fullerton Mansion, although it’s somewhat undersized for a mansion and the original owner, the once-famous trial lawyer Judge Fullerton, is long forgotten. (The same goes for his composer son; see “Lost Newburgh Composer Willie Fullerton”, New York History Blog, June 20, 2017.)

Even less known are the Cathcarts, who owned the house from the first decade of the 20th Century until the depths of the Great Depression. Continue reading

Antique Show to Benefit Historic Nellis Tavern


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The Palatine Settlement Society’s 13th Annual Antique Show inside the Great Hall at the Arkell Museum is set for Saturday, March 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds will go directly to the restoration and continued preservation of the historic 1747 Nellis Tavern.

This show offers a range of antiques and collectibles from over two dozen dealers who will be exhibiting and selling items such as furniture, quilts, books, tools, postcards, paintings, toys, china, jewelry and more. Continue reading