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Collections Mission and Policy

Collections mission:

The St Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA) is the central repository for archival, manuscript, and artifactual material about the county. The Collections of the SLCHA are the physical evidence which reflects St Lawrence County as a unique place, while also existing in a broader regional, state, national, and international context. The artifacts and documents will be collected for their intrinsic meaningfulness/significance to St Lawrence County history and will represent the diverse social, political, economic, and cultural heritage of the area.

Archives mission:

The purpose of the archives is to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials - documents, manuscripts, library materials, maps, photographs, and ephemera which record, inform, and support the study/research of St Lawrence County history. In addition to the appropriateness of materials as a criteria for accepting to the collection, the issues of storage space, object conservation, preservation need, accessibility, and use will be considered.

Collecting policy:

To this end, the Association, at the recommendation of the Director, Collections Manager, and/or Collections Committee, will collect by gift, bequest, exchange, or purchase in two major categories:

  1. Silas Wright: household furniture, furnishings, and documents as outlined on the 1848 inventory of the contents of the Silas Wright House; items not directly tied to Silas Wright, but appropriate for interpreting a facet of Wright history
  2. St Lawrence County: items made by, used by, or pertaining to the residents, past and present, of St Lawrence County (1750-present); items not tied directly to St Lawrence County but appropriate for interpreting a facet of county history

Silas Wright's Desk

Silas Wright's Desk

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.