The Good Ol' Days in Northern New York [S-16-28]

Presenter: Fran Van Horne, Pat Dominie, Toby Zenger, Mary Ellen Casselman, Mark Friden
Location: SLCHA: Silas Wright House: County Gallery
Classes: 4 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Tue 1:00 PM 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26

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Look back at life in the rural hamlets, along the back roads and lesser known settlements, into the early days in Northern New York. Much has been written about early life, important people, and events in places like Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg and other larger towns in the area. Just as important to Northern New York was life in places like Pierrepont, Conifer, Wanakena, and Rossie. Cedar oil stills, lime kilns and iron foundries have disappeared from the landscape. Settlements established as mill towns and mining towns no longer exist in some cases, but all of these were part of the early days and helped shape the North Country. Panels of residents from several different areas will present highlights and stories of some of those early days in lesser-known areas of Northern New York.

Pat Dominie is retired from St. Lawrence County Social Services Food Stamp Department. Pat is an amateur genealogist and the 5th generation of her family to live in St. Lawrence County. She is very interested in preserving the history of the Big County. Pat serves as a volunteer and trustee on the Board of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. She has taught SOAR courses on basic genealogy and arranged presentations on local history.

Fran Van Horne is a retired nursing instructor and health educator. She is particularly interested in public health, especially in the area of communicable diseases. Fran prefers reading biography to reading fiction. She is a history buff who especially enjoys learning about how famous women lived and behaved. Fran herself has taught numerous SOAR courses on Queen Victoria and on the Vanderbilts, and she did a series of courses on the First Ladies. She has also done presentations on the American Quilt Project, Claxton- Hepburn Hospital, and the 1918 Flu Epidemic. Fran is a herself is a dedicated quilter. Fran and her husband Otis were named “Super SOARers” in spring 2009.

Cap: 40

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