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Archives Month

Box of archived records

October is New York State Archives Month, and you can celebrate by visiting the St Lawrence County Historical Association! During the month of October, the SLCHA will provide free access to in our public research room, and on Saturday, October 22, the SLCHA will offer a multi-generational family history workshop entitled You & Me & Our Family Tree. Both Archives Month activities will be held at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House and are free and open to the public. is a subscription based website, and this is a great opportunity to check it out for free. is a great way to explore your family history and learn more about your ancestors. This website provides access to numerous historical records including census, military, immigration, and vital records from across the country in a searchable format. Also, the Historical Association itself has numerous records specific to St Lawrence County - including photographs, postcards, maps, and diaries - which are not necessarily available anywhere else. When you combine with the SLCHA’s unique records, the result is a more complete picture of your ancestors. So stop by the Historical Association during the month of October and take advantage of this great opportunity!

The SLCHA will also be hosting You & Me & Our Family Tree, a special, multi-generational family history workshop on Saturday, October 22 from 1 – 3 pm. This program is designed for a middle-schoolers and their grandparents or parents to attend together. Family history is so much more than names and dates – it is the stories that tell us what our ancestors’ lives were really like. With that in mind, Dr. David and Cynie Kendall will help young people and adults explore their family history and learn to share their stories with one another. After all, today’s stories are tomorrow’s history. You & Me & Our Family Tree is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to pre-register, call the Historical Association at 315/386-8133 or email.

History Hustle 5K

Hustle over to the History Hustle 5K! Get some exercise, learn some tidbits of local history, and support the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the History Hustle 5K Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, October 15th at the Remington Recreation Trail (at the Partridge Run Golf Course) in Canton. Registration will begin at 8:00 am on October 15th, with walkers starting at 8:30 am and runners at 9:00 am.

Pre-registration fees for the History Hustle are $18.02 for adults and $9 for kids under 12. Fees must be received by October 1st to guarantee a t-shirt. Late entries (received after October 1st) and day-of-race registration fees are $22 for adults and $11 for kids, and will not include a t-shirt. Extra t-shirts may be purchased at the race for $10 each, subject to availability. Download the registration forms here or get one in person at the SLCHA in Canton.

Annual Meeting

Bessie Abbott

Bessie Abbott

69th Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at Pickens Hall, Heuvelton. More…

World War I Articles and Information Wanted for SLCHA’s Quarterly Journal

US Doughboy and Canadian 'Kiltie'

U.S. soldier & Canadian "Kiltie"

Library of Congress

August 2014 marked the centennial of the outbreak of World War I and the Historical Association wants to recognize the local contributions to the war effort as well as its impact on local families. The SLCHA’s publication committee invites readers to submit articles or materials showing St Lawrence County residents’ involvement in World War I. News clippings, letters home, photos, and other documents can be carefully copied and the original materials returned to their lenders. If you think you may have something useful, contact County Historian Sue Longshore.

The Quarterly, published by the St Lawrence County Historical Association, is currently wrapping up its sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War this year. The cover of the December 2015 issue displays a young man in a Civil War uniform… or is it? Some clever research has answered questions about the photo, but more remain.

SLCHA Constitution

The board has agreed to this amended version of the SLCHA Constitution, and now the membership has to approve the changes at our annual meeting to make it official.

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