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Brown Bag Lunch

  • Thursday, February 18 - Oral History

    For over 30 years, Tom French has been recording "Old Timers" from the along the St Lawrence River for their stories of life in the early 20th Century. He will present a number of these stories along with historic photographs covering topics ranging from Filling the Ice House and Sturgeon Fishing to Bootlegging along with tall tales based on actual events at the SLCHA's next Patricia Harrington Carson Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon on Thursday, February 18th at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. He will also discuss interviewing techniques so you can begin recording your own oral histories. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by the SLCHA.

    Tom French is the author of the award-winning book, River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D, a collection of 19th Century stereoviews with an enclosed collapsible 3-D viewer. His work has been featured in Adirondack Life, Mac|Life, The Watertown Daily Times, and North Country Public Radio. He maintains the website,, where he features many of the recordings, old home movies, and photographs that he has collected.

  • Thursday, March 17 - Last Czar of Russia

     Terry Niles, speaker

  • 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.

    Vintage Stromberg Microphone

    Vintage Stromberg Microphone

    From Wikimedia Commons


    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.