CANTON – The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House will once again decorate a special memory tree at the museum in honor of the nearly 7,000 men from St. Lawrence County who served in the Civil War.
For $5, people can make sure that an ancestor or Civil War hero is included in this tribute.
This Civil War memory tree is part of the SLCHA’s Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861.
For each contribution of $5, the SLCHA will make a memorial ornament to hang on the tree for the Civil War veteran chosen. The ornament will have basic information about the veteran such as name, hometown, regiment, and dates served, as well as his picture, if available.
At the SLCHA’s annual Holiday Open House Dec. 7 the names of all the veterans on our tree will be read and remembered.
And after the holidays, you will receive your veteran’s card as a keepsake. Duplicate ornaments are available for $5 each.
Application forms for the memory tree are available at the SLCHA, 3 East Main St., Canton or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the project, the SLCHA will be archiving the information people send regarding ancestors and scanning any available images of local Civil War veterans to add to the growing collection of St. Lawrence County’s Civil War heritage.
Those who are not sure whether an ancestor was a Civil War veteran can visit the SLCHA archives and do some research to find out.
A new addition to the SLCHA archives in 2012 is a listing of Civil War veterans who enlisted from St. Lawrence County, compiled from various records by association volunteer John Austin.
The SLCHA Gift Shop carries books recognizing local Civil War veterans, such as He Is Our Colonel and We Are His Soldiers: When the 106th New York Volunteer Infantry Came to Virginia (West Virginia) and New York’s North Country and the Civil War. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on these books and most other items in the gift shop.
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is normally open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. 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 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 386-8133 or e-mail email@example.com.
Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.