OGDENSBURG — The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce held its annual vote at Expo for a local piece of history to be depicted on a collectable ornament which the Chamber offers for sale each year.
The United Helpers Orphanage ornament is now on sale in the Chamber Office, Kimro’s Medicine Place and Ed Med Federal Credit Union. Ornaments are $18 each.
In 1898, ten St. Lawrence County women met to address a pressing social need, orphaned and indigent children. They each invested one hundred dollars to form the Society of United Helpers and created a safe haven that helped to house and keep hundreds of area children safe and nurtured.
The first United Helpers Orphans’ Home was located on Congress Street in Ogdensburg and later re-located to a larger location on State Street -- where the Edgar E. Newell Golden Dome stands today. The United Helpers Orphans’ Home closed in 1958.
The popular ornament collection now includes: 2005 Lighthouse Point (sold out), 2006 Spirit of Liberty, Soldiers & Sailors Monument, 2007 Remington Art Museum (sold out), 2008 NYS Armory, 2009 Ogdensburg City Hall, 2010 Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge (sold out), 2011 The Old Arsenal, 2012 Ogdensburg Public Library, 2013 The Bishop’s Residence; 2014 Abbe Picquet Monument; 2015 US Post Office and 2016 General Curtis ornament (sold out).
For more information call the Chamber office at 315-393-3620.