1984_Winter_Olympics_opening_ceremonyCanton, N.Y. – Are you ready for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang? Learn more about the history of the Olympic Winter Games when Mark Friden speaks at noon on Thursday, January 18th, at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. The talk will cover his involvement in figure skating as a competitor and as an official, leading up to his work for ABC Sports as their technical consultant for figure skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

Descended from nineteenth century settlers of Childwold, Mark Friden is the Clifton Town Historian and a member of the SLCHA board of trustees. With a life-long passion for local history and genealogy, he also serves as Town Registrar of Vital Statistics and Trustee for the Cranberry Lake Cemetery. In addition to having figure skating experience, he is presently a world- and Olympic-level official for luge; he also has a keen interest in curling, having followed that sport around the globe.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a popular lunch time lecture series dedicated to the memory of Patricia Harrington Carson, who founded the series during her 24 years as a Trustee of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Pat Carson was active on numerous SLCHA Committees, and was an article writer and an issue editor of the SLCHA’s history journal, The Quarterly.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is normally open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 4pm, Friday noon to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 4pm. 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 behind 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 info@slcha.org. Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

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Contact:  Sue Longshore, SLCHA (315) 386-8133, SueL@slcha.org

 

Image Caption:  Are you ready for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang? Learn more about the history of the Olympic Winter Games when Mark Friden speaks at noon on Thursday, January 18th, at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. The talk will cover his involvement in figure skating as a competitor and as an official, leading up to his work for ABC Sports as their technical consultant for figure skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA. Pictured is the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).