CANTON – “In the Spirit of the People” will be on exhibit in Canton from Aug. 8-26 at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, 2 East Main St.
In the Spirit of the People: James Monroe's 1817 Tour of the Northern States, a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of an historic presidential tour, will include a visit from President James Monroe himself. Monroe will attend the exhibit opening at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and give a presentation on his life and career, followed by a question and answer session for participants.
Monroe will be portrayed by Dennis Bigelow, long-time Monroe interpreter at Ash Lawn – Highland, the fifth president’s home, in Charlottesville, VA.
James Monroe became the fifth president of the United States in March, 1817. Three months later he embarked on a fifteen-week tour of the northern states, traveling up the east coast from Washington, DC to Portland, Maine; west to Detroit; and back to Washington via Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Maryland, totaling some 2,000 miles. During the course of his travels thru Northern New York, Monroe visited Malone, Potsdam, Hamilton (now called Waddington), Ogdensburg, Morristown, and Rossie.
The museum is open Tuesday – Thursday from noon until 4 p.m., Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available at the rear of the museum.