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Historical Tour of Madrid, NY May 12th


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Columbia Hotel in madridThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association has announced the inaugural event of its new series of tours.

The Historic North Country Village Talk & Walk will take place in Madrid, St. Lawrence County, on Saturday, May 12th, and will be led by Philip Paige.

Attendees will meet at the Hepburn Library, 11 Church Street, Madrid at 11 am, where Mr. Paige will give a talk on letters written by Sylvester J. Wright to the local newspaper in 1914. The letters were penned as a means of documenting life in early Madrid, focusing on topics ranging from early industry and social life to famous figures with Madrid roots, secret societies, politics, and more. Continue reading

Adirondack Regiment Focus Of Ogdensburg Round Table


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118th NY Volunteer InfantryPete Gilbert Jr. is set to lead a round table discussion on the 118th New York Volunteer Infantry, on Sunday, March 25th at 2 pm at the Ogdensburg Public Library.

The 118th New York Volunteer Infantry, or “Adirondack Regiment,” was formed with enlistees from Clinton, Essex, and Warren counties in 1862, and eventually took part in the Peninsula Campaign, the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and the battles of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Crater, and Richmond. Continue reading

Canton: Children’s Maple Day At Historical Association


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maple canA Children’s Maple Day is set for Saturday, March 10th from 2 to 4 pm at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.

Children will have the opportunity to tap a maple tree the old-fashioned way, make “wax-on-snow,” and learn about syrup-making.

There will be a new exhibit on maple tapping and syrup-making, and samples of maple cream and maple coffee. A basket from Finen Maple Products will also be raffled off at the event. Continue reading

Civil War Show and Tell In Canton Nov 19th


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silas write houseThe next North Country Civil War Round Table will be held on Sunday, November 19th, at 2 pm at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Rather than featuring an in-depth lecture on an aspect of the war, visitors who own items with provenance to the Civil War period are invited to bring them to the event for a “show and tell” session.

Local Civil War military expert Dixie Dave Ellis will be on hand to help identify artifacts brought by participants. Show-and-tell objects do not need to be military in nature: documents and stories are welcome. Continue reading

Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park July 29-30


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slcha childrens musterThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association will hold their annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Robert Moses State Park, Massena.

The 16th annual Reenactment will take place Saturday and Sunday July 29-30.

Union and Confederate reenactors will stage mock battles, perform military drills, talk about camp life, and demonstrate cooking, spinning, ladies’ aid, cannon firing, and medical practices. Continue reading

Nineteenth Century St. Lawrence County in 3-D


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 stereograph of Hatfield House in Massena Springs, ca. 1890Tom French, author of River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D, will give a presentation on nineteenth century stereographs, three-dimensional photographs, of St. Lawrence County and the Thousand Islands at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association on Thursday, April 20th at noon, as part of their monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public: bring your own lunch, complimentary beverages and dessert will be provided by the SLCHA. Continue reading

‘Votes for Women’ Reading, Discussion Program In Canton


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alice riggs hunt 1915The New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with the St. Lawrence County Historical Association to offer “Votes for Women”, a monthly reading and discussion series that runs from September 10th thru December 17th.

At the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, participants will come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Dr. Melissane Parm Schrems, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies at St. Lawrence University.

Participants in “Votes for Women” will explore the history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation and discuss women’s – and by extension, our society’s – past, present, and future. The readings in this series include both fiction and non-fiction accounts selected by Dr. Schrems. Continue reading

Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park


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2nd Michigan on the fieldThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s 14th Annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend will be held at Robert Moses State Park in Massena on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26.

Military and civilian re-enactors from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario and Quebec, Canada are expected to attend, including President Lincoln, as well as sutlers, vendors of period goods and clothing. Continue reading

Fair-Weather Patriot: General James Wilkinson


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General James WilkinsonGeneral James Wilkinson was the 5th Commanding General of the US Army, fought along the St. Lawrence River during the War of 1812, and was a spy for the Spanish. Find out more about this colorful character when Matt Dudley presents For King and Countries: The Remarkable Life of an Occasional Spaniard and a Fair-weather Patriot on Saturday, March 1st, 2 p.m. at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.

This War of 1812 program is part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, which was fought from 1812-1815. St. Lawrence County was one of the battlefields of the War of 1812. Continue reading

Old Fashioned Winter Children’s Program in Canton


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xmas postcard2Blowing snow, freezing rain, and bitterly cold temperatures – sound familiar? Find out what people did for winter fun during “Old Fashioned Winter,” the Second Saturday Children’s Program at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton on Saturday, February 8th at 11 a.m.  This is another in the SLCHA’s series of fun and free monthly educational programs for kids ages 4-10.

On February 8th kids can learn how to make a 3-dimensional snowflake and sample “Wax on Snow.” The 2014 Second Saturday Children’s Programs feature the Treasures from the Attic series, which begins each session with a mysterious old trunk that belonged to “Grandma Moody” (Clarissa Wright’s ancestor) and had been forgotten in the Silas Wright House attic. Each time the trunk is opened the magic begins, as a new object or objects are “discovered” in the trunk.  Continue reading