Civic Center, 2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
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Friday, Aug. 15th, 2014

SEPT 18-21

Walking tours of Trinity Church, St. Mary's Church, First Presbyterian Church, Old Main, Old Snell, Historic Downtown Potsdam including the history of the Cox Building - now Maxfield's, the old train depot - now Mama Lucia's, the Sewall Raymond building - now Little Italy, Bayside Gatehouse and Cemetery, the Red Sandstone Trail in Hannawa Falls and NEW this year: a boating tour of the old Hannawa Falls Light and Power Company Railroad... MORE

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New Exhibit to open: “Clarkson Through Postcards”

A new exhibit featuring historical postcards of Clarkson College/Clarkson University will open at the Potsdam Public Museum on Saturday, September 6th.  Clarkson was founded as the "Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology” in 1896.  Two months after a highly successful Potsdam businessman, Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson III, was crushed to death while trying to save one of his workers in his sandstone quarry on August 17, 1894, his family began planning a memorial to him: a school.  Choosing as their rationale a phrase which his sisters and nieces felt aptly described their brother — Thomas’ favorite Biblical quotation, “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed” — the family opened the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology in September 1896, in The Main Building (“Old Main”) which they commissioned to be built on Main Street.

This exhibit will be on display for three months and will be followed by one featuring the Potsdam Normal School/SUNY Potsdam, opening in early December, 2014.  Three of the postcards that will be shown in the new exhibit are shown below:

NOTE: "Mouse-over" the postcard image to view details, and click to view a larger frame of the image.