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North Country Civil War Round Table

The North Country Civil War Round Table, sponsored by the St Lawrence County Historical Association, is an informal discussion group that centers on the Civil War period. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic related to the Civil War and emphasizes the North Country's role in that turbulent era. The Round Table is free and open to the pubic and light refreshments will be served.

  • Sunday, January 29, 2:00 PM - Lieutenant Elderkin's Trunk and Novels of the Civil War (Jan Wojcik)

    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, DC. 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 US 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 Tale of Elderkin's trunk will be interpreted by Jan Wojcik at the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, January 29th, 2 pm at the Potsdam Public Museum, located on Park Street in Potsdam. Wojcik, a member of the Civil War Round Table, has given talks on the role of women in the Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania, the Overland Campaign, and the Surrender at Appomattox. He serves as the president of the board of trustees of the Potsdam Museum.

  • Sunday, February 26, 2:00 PM - Civil War Homecoming Stories (Charlie Shene)
  • Sunday, March 26, 2:00 PM - TBA
  • Sunday, April 30, 2:00 PM - A Soldier's Letter Home (Dallas Robinson)
  • Sunday, May 21, 2:00 PM - Blacksmithing and Trades During the Civil War (Marty Snye)

     Join us at the Hammond Museum's blacksmith shop for this special round table event!

  • Sunday, September 24, 2:00 PM - TBA
  • Sunday, October 29, 2:00 PM - TBA
  • Sunday, November 19, 2:00 PM - TBA

Finding Aid

The SLCHA Archives has recently released a downloadable finding aid for Civil War information

Civil War Graves Project


Cassidy Percoco, Collections Manager and CWRT Coordinator

Elderkin Trunk and Mimi VanDeusen

Elderkin Trunk and Mimi VanDeusen

The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm. 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 East Main Street, 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. Exhibits and programs are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.