Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mallette Property

I found this photo, which was taken in about 1971, the other day in the office. It shows the home of Leonard and Mary Mallette located at 118 Washington Street. The person sitting on the front steps could possibly be Mr. Mallette. This home was previously owned by Marjorie Corbett. Before Ms. Corbett it was owned by Alonzo and Abigail Havens. The home was demolished during Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal #mallette

Thursday, December 1, 2016

J.J. Murphy Plumbing and Heating Building

The J.J. Murphy Building was located at 317 State Street, which would be right next door to Nick Fodor's Law Offices today. This photo was taken in about 1970. Jeremiah (J.J.) Murphy and his wife Geraldine owned the building until it was purchased by the Ogdensburg Urban Renewal Agency. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Women's Rights Discussion Group

Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New YorkSex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book as part of the NYS Humanities Council's Women's Rights discussion group. I never would have picked this novel myself and was unfamiliar with the author. That being said, I absolutely loved the book. This was the second book we read, so I do recommend reading Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement by Sally McMillen. The latter book will give the reader the historical background to really understand the novel. The story in Sex Wars is told from several different perspectives and uses real people in history as some the characters. I particularly enjoyed reading about Victoria Woodhull. Another part of the novel that I really enjoyed was the description of life in tenements. I felt the author was spot on in her description of the lives of poor immigrants. I highly recommend this book if readers enjoy great historical fiction.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

“VOTES FOR WOMEN” Reading and Discussion Group at SLCHA

Canton: “Votes for Women,” an adult reading and discussion series, is a partnership between the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, DeKalb Town Historian, Lisbon Town Historian and City of Ogdensburg Historian, in collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities. Participants will meet at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association in Canton over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of texts related to the women’s suffrage movement. Dr. Melissane Parm Schrems, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies at St. Lawrence University will facilitate the discussions based on selected fiction and non-fiction readings. Participants in “Votes for Women” will explore the history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation and discuss women’s – and by extension, our society’s – past, present, and future. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn about St. Lawrence County women who took an active role in the fight for women’s suffrage, including Helen Hinsdale Rich of DeKalb and Marion Sanger Frank of Ogdensburg. The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. The discussion group will meet at the SLCHA on six Saturdays from September thru December 2016, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. For more information about the discussion series, please contact Bryan Thompson, coordinator, at 315/347-2178 or or the Historical Association at 315/386/8133 or . The New York Council for the Humanities’ Adult Reading & Discussion programs are designed to foster active reading and thinking, incorporating texts that serve as catalysts for civic engagement and cultural understanding, as well as personal reflection. Adult Reading & Discussion programs are currently being held in communities across New York State. For more information about “Votes for Women” visit The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation. To find out more about the Council, visit Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of either the Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association, located at 3 East Main Street, Canton, is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association museum and archives are open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133, e-mail or visit online at All SLCHA programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.