Friday, March 6, 2015

Irish Heritage Topic of next SLCHA 2nd Saturday Children’s Program

Many modern St. Lawrence County residents can trace their roots to Irish immigrants and most towns in the county at one time had “Irish Settlements” where the immigrants lived. While there were Irish settlers in the county by the early 1800s, there was huge influx of Irish in the 1840s due to the Irish Potato Famine. Learn about St. Lawrence County’s Irish heritage at 11 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Second Saturday Children’s Program at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. This is another in the SLCHA’s series of fun and free monthly educational programs for kids ages 4-10, and their parents or caregivers. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, kids will hear the Irish folktale of Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato and then make a potato craft. Parents, grandparents, other caregivers and their kids are welcome to attend this free program to be held at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, located at 3 E. Main St. in Canton. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance. The SLCHA Gift Shop has winter-themed books like Eye on the Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest and The Pond Hockey Challenge (#12 in The Adirondack Kids series), as well as indoor games, such as jacks, marbles, and wooden tops. Visit the Gift Shop and find fun things to do on these long winter days! SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop. 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 E. Main St., 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 info@slcha.org. Second Saturday 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. Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history