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  • Thursday, October 15 - Bayside's 150th Anniversary

    This year marks the 150th Anniversary of Potsdam's Bayside Cemetery, which was established by Potsdam residents in 1865 under the leadership of Thomas Clarkson, Sr and Bloomfield Usher. Learn more when Bayside Cemetery Association trustees John and Susan Omohundro speak at the SLCHA's next Patricia Harrington Carson Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon on Thursday, October 15th at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

    Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, is a fine example of a rural cemetery, carefully designed in a landscaped, park-like setting. Numerous beautiful Potsdam sandstone structures dot the cemetery landscape, including the entryway, the lodge or gatehouse, the sexton's office, and the mausoleum.

    Susan Omohundro first became interested in Potsdam sandstone buildings after purchasing a historic sandstone home in 1983. Since that time, Susan has conducted extensive research on sandstone buildings around St Lawrence County and completed several successful applications for the National Register of Historic Places, including one for the Bayside Cemetery. Susan currently serves as a trustee of Bayside Cemetery Association and a member of the editorial board of the St Lawrence County Historical Association's Quarterly journal. John Omohundro was a professor of Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam for 38 years, specializing in Environmental Studies. John is currently a trustee and website manager for the Bayside Cemetery Association, and serves as Editor of the SLCHA's Quarterly journal.

  • Thursday, November 19 - Classic Types of Poetry in Children's Literature

     John Ohst, speaker

  • Thursday, January 21 - Waddington's Underwater Slide

     Rick Rutkowski, speaker

  • Thursday, February 18 - Oral History

     Tom French, speaker

  • Thursday, March 17 - TBA
  • Thursday, April 21 - Civil War and the Home Front

     Lucien Plante, speaker

  • Thursday, May 19 - Clifton History

     Mark Friden, speaker

  • 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.

    Bayside Cemetery Gatehouse, Potsdam

    Bayside Cemetery Gatehouse

    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.