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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.

The Fajita Grill will conduct a fundraiser to benefit Friends of Fort Ontario

Oswego, N.Y.  - The Fajita Grill will conduct a fundraiser to benefit Friends of Fort Ontario Tuesday, Jan. 24. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of sales, both eat-in and take-out, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to Friends of Fort Ontario. 

Money raised during the Fajita Grill fundraiser will be used for programming, special events, and restoration projects at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego.

caricature artist Max Sipser

Jan. 27 Program Focuses on Art and Artists of the Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter

Oswego, N.Y. - A panel of historians will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day Friday,  Jan. 27 with an illustrated program on the Art and Artists of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter (1944-1946). The program will be presented by Rebecca Fisher, Fort Ontario Site Supervisor Paul Lear, and Frank Sorranno at 7 p.m. in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre in Oswego.

Wilson Bentley

Canton, N.Y. - Wilson Bentley was a Vermont farmer who was so interested in the structure of snowflakes that he spent decades perfecting a microscope camera in order to photograph them. Learn more about "Snowflake" Bentley at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14th, 2017, at the Second Saturday Children's Program at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton. Kids will hear "Snowflake" Bentley's story, enjoy hot cocoa, and make a snowflake to bring home! This is another in the SLCHA's series of fun and free monthly educational programs for kids ages 4-10, and their parents or caregivers.

Canton Baseball TeamMassena, N.Y. - If you're a fan of baseball, you should make a point to visit the St. Lawrence County Historical Association's 15th annual Civil War reenactment at Robert Moses State Park in Massena bright and early on the morning of Saturday, July 30th! A game of rounders - a sport descended from the same ancestor as modern baseball - will be played at 10:30am in a moment of peace before the battle, followed by the roll call of local soldiers at 11am and a women's and children's frying pan toss at 11:30 (spectators are welcome to participate!).

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