Canton, N.Y. - While the Civil War was taking place on far-away battlefields, life in North Country homes and farms went on. One such farm was that of the Wilders, boyhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder's husband, Almanzo, and the setting for the biographical novel Farmer Boy. Carlton Stickney, Stockholm town historian and member of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association board, will speak on the topic of household items in the Wilder Farm's collection at the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, March 20th, 2 p.m. at the SLCHA at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton. Mr. Stickney will share a number of objects made and used during the time of the Civil War, such as kitchen implements, lighting devices, and a pendulum spinning wheel.
Visitors who own items with Civil War provenance are encouraged to bring them to the event for a "show and tell" session, before the discussion of the Wilder Farm artifacts.
The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take home some Civil War history with books like Gallantry in the Field: Potsdam and the Civil War and New York's North Country in the Civil War. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop.
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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Civil War Round Table programs are 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.
Contact: Sue Longshore, SLCHA (315) 386-8133, SueL@slcha.org
Image: We will prove ourselves men - the banner of the created by David B Bowser, 1864 (From Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)