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 18, at the St Lawrence County Historical Association. The talk will cover his involvement in figure skating, luge, and curling, leading up to his work for ABC Sports as their technical consultant for figure skating. He will also discuss his work at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid (1980) and Sarajevo (1984), and his visit to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as a spectator.
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 SLCHA Brown Bag Lunch program is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided.
The Patricia Harrington Carson 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.
1984 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, Sarajevo
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.