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Brown Bag Lunch

  • Thursday, March 21 - The Ogden Family (Philip Paige)

    Have you ever thought about the family that gave Ogdensburg its name? Find out about them when Philip Paige speaks at the SLCHA at noon on Thursday, March 21. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

    While they’re obscure today, the Ogden family’s influence in early New York State can hardly be overstated, especially in St Lawrence County. Two Ogdens negotiated the Treaty of New York (1796), which largely ended Native American title to North Country land; members of the family shortly thereafter bought up large tracts of land, and began settling it. Unlike many other large landholders at this time, prominent members of the Ogden family opted to move to the northern frontier. The family mansions in Madrid (now Waddington) were home to their family and their slaves, and served as a meeting place for elite members of society on both sides of the border.

    Philip Paige, of Madrid, is a realtor and co-owner of Madrid Mercantile, a kayak rental and antique store. He is also a member of the SLCHA Board of Trustees.

  • Thursday, April 18 - An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: Phoebe Orvis (Susan Ouellette)
  • Thursday, May 16 - James Ricalton’s Story (Roger Bailey and Rita Goldberg)

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.

YouTube: Art Johnson talks about railroads, November 16, 2017

Charlotte Seton Ogden

Charlotte Seton Ogden

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.