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Fort Ontario Lincoln EventSpecial Program on Lincoln’s Private Secretary, John G. Nicolay -

Oswego, N.Y.  – History buffs have a rare opportunity to learn about President Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary John George Nicolay Wednesday, Aug. 23, when Civil War historian and Oswego native Tom Ebert presents a free lecture at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks at old Fort Ontario and is open to the public.

Linda RussellMassena, N.Y. This year, the St. Lawrence County Historical Association is proud to welcome Linda Russell as a guest to the 16th annual Civil War Weekend. For sixteen years, Ms. Russell worked as a singing interpreter at the Federal Hall National Memorial before becoming an independent, touring musician specializing in historical programming. She will perform a concert for the public at 12:30pm on Saturday, July 29th, and at 11:30am on Sunday, July 30th, at the reenactment site at Robert Moses State Park in Massena. The concerts are free with admission, which is $4 per person per day and free for veterans and children 6 and under, with a maximum charge of $15 per vehicle.

Thousand Islands Gun ShowClayton, NY. – The 40th Annual Thousand Island Gun Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, 2017 at Cerow Recreation Park Arena in Clayton, NY.

Along with more than 60 vendors, the special featured exhibitor at the show will be the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with information on its Young Forest Initiative, accessible recreation for people with disabilities, and education programs for hunters and trappers.

Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Robert Moses State ParkMassena, N.Y.  – Yanks and Johnny Rebs will be at it again during the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Robert Moses State Park, Massena.  The sights and sounds of the Civil War will fill the air at the 16th annual Civil War Reenactment Saturday and Sunday July 29-30. The event is sponsored by SeaComm Federal Credit Union, with additional support from Stewart’s Shops, Gene and Connie Barto, Niles Asset Management, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, Massena AMVETS Post #4, and Gouverneur VFW Post #6338.

SLCHA’s 27th Annual Show - 2017 Raffle QuiltCanton, N.Y. - A sure sign that spring has sprung is the upcoming St. Lawrence County Historical Association's 27th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale. If you have antiques or artisanal crafts to sell, there is still time to register for booth space at this not-to-be missed show and sale. Two tables are provided as part of the registration fee, with others available for rental; vendors can also bring their own.

1758 Battle_of_Fort_Frontenac

Oswego was a vital staging area for invasions of New France

April 21 - 23: Fort Ontario History and Archaeology Explores Centuries of Conflict

Oswego, N.Y.  - The Fort Ontario History and Archaeology Conference will be held at the Great Lakes Event and Conference Center at the Best Western Hotel in Oswego, NY, on April 21 through 23. 

Renown historians including several SUNY professors will speak at annual conference, which explores the history and archaeology of warfare and human conflict in the United States and Canada from its earliest evidence around 5,000 BCE to the 21st century War on Terrorism.

Mannsville, N.Y. - Ready for a taste of fresh, sweet, pure New York maple syrup. . . Looking for pancake breakfasts, sugarhouse tours, tapping ceremonies, Sap Run, and other special events at maple sites in Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego counties?

Maple producers in the four-county region have announced their 2017 Maple Weekends tree tapping ceremonies and special events with free tastings, tours, syrup and confection-making demonstrations, recipes and treats for sale on March 18-19 and 25-26.

Cane that chair!

Feb 22, 2017

Canton, N.Y. - Having a hole in your seat is a terrible thing!  Wondering what can be done with that heirloom caned chair in the attic? Interested in learning about a traditional handicraft that is both beautiful and functional? Come to the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton for a few evenings and learn how to cane chairs!

SLCHA photo by Judy Makowiec

Canton, N.Y. - Did you ever wonder why your town is shaped the way it is, or when it was founded? Learn more about why the county looks the way it does when John Austin speaks about the historical townships of St. Lawrence County - their historical divisions and consolidations - at noon on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public: bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

Mimi Van Deusen

Potsdam, N.Y. - In the fall of 2016, a phone call to Mimi Van Deusen, curator of the Potsdam Public Museum, initiated negotiations to bring a railroad trunk back to Potsdam, New York, 155 years after it left in 1861 for Washington D.C.  Originally the trunk contained the belongings of Potsdam resident William A. Elderkin. Within a month of the trunk's arrival, Elderkin, a recent graduate of West Point, would get married in the White House, and fight in the battle of First Bull Run. Over the next 39 years of his life, the trunk travelled with him over 16,000 miles, tracing the history of 19th century U.S. Indian wars, the development of industrial steel, the spread of railroads, and the establishment of American capitalism. The trunk also shines a light on the tumultuous emotional life of President Abraham Lincoln.