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.
Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859, and American abolitionists, biologists, and Northern politicians immediately found it to provide the first scientific rationale for what had previously been a moral and religious argument: that all human beings had the same ancestry, and that differences in appearance resulted only from different environments. Within a short time, Southern editorials and reviews condemned Darwin for denying their fundamental belief that black slaves were an inferior species to whites.
Learn more when Jan Wojcik speaks again at the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm at the St Lawrence County Historical Association. Clips from the movie Gettysburg featuring conversations among soldiers on both sides of the Civil War on the night before the second day of battle reflect this argument, and introduce a discussion of the merits of each reading of Darwin's seminal book.
Jan Wojcik is a member of the Round Table and President of the Board of Trustees of the Potsdam Public Museum. He has presented programs on the Battles of Spotsylvania, Appomattox, women in the Civil War, and Colonel William Elderkin, also of Potsdam, whose trunk had just returned to Potsdam after traveling across America for 150 years.
Visitors who own items with Civil War provenance are encouraged to bring them to the event for a “show and tell” session before the talk.
The SLCHA Archives has recently released a downloadable finding aid for Civil War information
Cassidy Percoco, Collections Manager and CWRT Coordinator
Editorial cartoon depicting Charles Darwin as an ape
The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 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.