Monday, December 29, 2014

The Lily, the Lion, and the Eagle Chapter 1 Podcast

Elizabeth Baxter, former city historian wrote a fantastic book about the early history of Ogdensburg, which was never published. I'm making podcasts (me reading aloud) for each chapter. I hope you'll give it a listen...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Lily, the Lion and the Eagle

Former Ogdensburg City Historian, Elizabeth Baxter, was an excellent researcher and prolific writer. Her culminating work was a history of Ogdensburg, which unfortunately was never published. The research is impeccable and it's a great read. To read part one click on the link below. The Lily, the Lion and the Eagle Part I

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wordle Art

Horwood Stained Glass Company

Horwood stained glass is renowned across the United States and Canada.  This company was a family business.  The patriarch of the family, Harry Horwood, was born in England in 1838.  Harry and his brothers were taught to make stained glass windows by the Rev. William M. Blackwell.  Harry Horwood left England in 1861 settling in Toronto.  He remained there until 1864, returning to England to work with his brothers.  He, his wife and 6 children emigrated to Ottawa in 1876, then New York City.  While in New York Harry and his son Harry J, who was born in 1865 in England, repaired the stained glass windows of the Vanderbilt Mansion.

In 1881 the Horwoods moved to Prescott, Ontario and also established a branch of his firm in Ogdensburg.  Horwood Stained Glass was awarded the contract for all the stained glass windows for the Ogdensburg Opera House.  Unfortunately these windows were destroyed in a fire in 1926.  The same fate befell the stained glass windows in old St. Mary’s Cathedral in 1947.  Harry Horwood died in May 1917 in Ottawa.  His eldest son, Harry J. carried on the family business.  He resided in Ogdensburg from 1898 until his death in 1947.  Harry J. Horwood specialized in church memorial windows and decorative windows for private homes.   

There are many fine examples of Horwood stained glass windows throughout the city of Ogdensburg that still survive today.  Among those include:  The Frederic Remington Museum, The First Presbyterian Church, Notre Dame Church, the Congregational Church, and the First Baptist Church.

David E. Martin
Persis Boyesen:  Horwood:  Stained Glass Artists
Alice B. Hamilton:  unpublished manuscript
Ogdensburg Journal January 31, 1947

First Presbyterian Church:  David Martin
First Baptist Church:  David Martin
Frederic Remington Museum:  David Martin

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jay's Treaty

Today in 1794 Jay's Treaty, which was named after New York's famous John Jay, was signed.  In it the British had to evacuate Fort Oswegatchie, formerly called Fort la Presentation by June 1, 1796.  After the American Revolution British forces remained on the frontier even though by treaty they were to have evacuated the colonies.  Jay's Treaty was written to remedy this problem, but was hated by Americans in general.  To learn more check out this link.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Marion Sanger Frank: Women's Suffragist

I've finished another video.  This one is about Marion Sanger Frank, who was a women's suffragist from Ogdensburg.  She fought tirelessly for the vote not only in St. Lawrence County, but New York State as well. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Senator Preston King Video

Preston King was a postmaster for the village of Ogdensburgh, then was elected to the New York State Assembly. Later he became a U.S. Senator, serving while the Civil War was being fought.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Historic Home: 324 Caroline St.

This historic home is located at 324 Caroline St. It was built in 1855 by Collins A. Burnham, a trustee of the Village of Ogdensburgh.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Genealogy: Interviewing Family Members

Our elders are fantastic resources for not only family genealogies,but also history in general. For several years my students have interviewed older relatives and neighbors using these questions. Students were amazed at the information their elders had and elders were pleased that younger people wanted to know about their lives. Some students recorded the interviews and were able to watch them again and again. These interviews became treasured to families after the elder passed away. Remember with interviews there is no time like the present!

Friday, September 19, 2014

John Fine Movie

I've revised the movie I made about Congressman John Fine.  Photos of his house, which is located across from the U.S. Post Office on State Street are now included. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Constitution Week

The Ogdensburg City Council has proclaimed September 17-23 as Constitution Week.  The United States Constitution was signed September 17, 1787 and ratified in 1789.  This Constitution was modeled after the New York State Constitution and has been guiding our government for over 200 years.  People in my age group learned the Preamble by watching Saturday morning cartoons.  Schoolhouse Rock videos are still popular today. Let's celebrate our Constitution!

The Preamble

Constitution Day

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

John Fine House Video

This is a short video about Congressman John Fine and his historic home on State St. in Ogdensburg, NY. My goal is to make local history more accessible to the public.  I plan to add a photo of John Fine's house on a day when it's not pouring out!

Watertown Daily Times | Architectural treasures abound in Ogdensburg

Watertown Daily Times | Architectural treasures abound in Ogdensburg

Sunday, August 10, 2014