The St Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA) is a not-for-profit membership organization and museum which serves as an educational resource for the use and benefit of the citizens of St Lawrence County and others interested in the County's history and traditions. The Association collects and preserves archival material and artifacts pertinent to the County's history. In cooperation and collaboration with other local organizations, the Association promotes an understanding of and appreciation for the County's rich history through publications, exhibits, and programs. The SLCHA operates within museum standards established by the American Alliance of Museums.
Planning to attend the Canton Canoe Weekend and Rushton Memorial Races? Brush up on your J H Rushton history at the St Lawrence County Historical Association! The SLCHA's North Country Annex houses an exhibit, J Henry Rushton: the Stradivarius of the Canoe, featuring several antique Rushton boats, oars, models, and historic photographs of the Rushton workshop, canoeing camps, and boats. Upstairs in the museum, a second exhibit, Paddling to Perfection, contains photographs of American Canoe Association meets in the Thousand Islands, as well as artifacts and ephemera relating to Rushton's display at the 1893 Columbian Exposition/Chicago World's Fair.
Poster by Vic Forsythe from Library of Congress
In honor of the centennial of the United States' entry into the first World War in 1917, a new exhibition is opening at the St Lawrence County Historical Association in conjunction with Canton's Winterfest. Come On!: Posters and Portraits of World War I shows beautifully designed posters for war bonds alongside photographic portraits of local soldiers. Most of the photos are unidentified, and the museum welcomes visitors who recognize a friend or family member to help identify them.
U.S. soldier & Canadian "Kiltie"
August 2014 marked the centennial of the outbreak of World War I and the Historical Association wants to recognize the local contributions to the war effort as well as its impact on local families. The SLCHA’s publication committee invites readers to submit articles or materials showing St Lawrence County residents’ involvement in World War I. News clippings, letters home, photos, and other documents can be carefully copied and the original materials returned to their lenders. If you think you may have something useful, contact County Historian Sue Longshore.
The Quarterly, published by the St Lawrence County Historical Association, is currently wrapping up its sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War this year. The cover of the December 2015 issue displays a young man in a Civil War uniform… or is it? Some clever research has answered questions about the photo, but more remain.
The Archives has recently acquired a number of items, including books on ski areas, canoes, Clinton County in the Civil War. See more…
The St Lawrence County Historical Association has been awarded a grant of $2,000 from Corning Incorporated Foundation in support of its history journal, The Quarterly. Sue Longshore, SLCHA Executive Director says, "We are very pleased to receive this grant, which helps to support the publication of the Quarterly and allows us to share the county's history with a large audience."
Corning Incorporated Foundation has provided grant funding for the publication of the Quarterly journal since 2012, and continues to be a generous supporter of St Lawrence County history.
W E Taylor Canoes
From the SLCHA Archives
SLCHA has recently revised its sponsorship levels. Please consider us in your giving plans.