Much to the horror of turkeys everywhere, the St Lawrence County Historical Association will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The SLCHA's museum and archives will open again for business and the start of the holiday shopping season on Saturday, November 28, noon to 4 pm.
The SLCHA Gift Shop has lots of unique gifts for your holiday needs, including adult and children's local history books, old-time toys and games, and wooden miniatures of historic St Lawrence County structures. The newest miniatures in the series are the Scotch Presbyterian Church, Chipman; the old Ogdensburg Armory; and the Cranberry Lake Dam.
The Scotch Presbyterian Church in Chipman, Town of Madrid, was established by Scottish immigrants in 1819 and is one of the oldest continuously operating parishes in St Lawrence County. The present church, depicted in the miniature, was erected in the early 1890s and dedicated on July 2, 1892. The old Ogdensburg Armory was built by New York State in 1858 as a storehouse for old muskets and other ordnance used by the militia. This building still stands today at the east end of the Lafayette-Spring Street Bridge and is used as office space. The original Cranberry Lake Dam, town of Clifton, was built in 1865-1867 at the outlet of Cranberry Lake, and was originally a 13 foot high timber crib filled with stone. This original dam, depicted in the miniature, has been replaced several times, beginning with a concrete dam built in 1916.
Also, new to the Historical Association this year is a porcelain ornament of the Silas Wright House and the recently published book, Regency Women's Dress: Techniques and Patterns 1800-1830 by Cassidy Percoco. The ornaments include a drawing of the Silas Wright House on one side and brief historical information on the reverse, and sell for $15 each. The book, written by SLCHA Collections Manager Cassidy Percoco, is $35. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on books and most other items in the gift shop.
U.S. soldier & Canadian "Kiltie"
August 2016 marks the centennial of the outbreak of World War One 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.
In the summer of 1876, just as the presidential campaign was getting under way, Cornelia McFalls of Gouverneur published a poem that was set to music by William F Sudds, also of Gouverneur, and soon became a popular campaign song. Hear the song at SLCHA's Quarterly page.