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Friday, Aug. 28th, 2015




 

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 NEW EXHIBIT: RUTH HALEY COLLECTION OF POSTCARDS

 A new exhibit, The "Ruth Haley Collection of Postcards" will open August 29th.  Ruth Haley (1912-2009) was the beloved Guidance Counselor of the Potsdam High School from 1961 to 1979.   The postcards that will be featured in this interesting  new exhibit were mostly sent to her by her students when they were traveling, and she acquired others when she went traveling herself, and some were sent by family members..  The postcard shown is a rare "circular" postcard sent from Rome, Italy.
 
  

CURRENTLY on EXHIBIT PORTRAITS OF POTSDAM PEOPLE

late Sheraton style sideboard and matching mirror  Reverend Gurley was president Lincoln's spiritual advisor

The portraits from the Potsdam Museum Collection featured in this exhibition date from c. 1780 (the silhouettes of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Raymond) through c. 1960 (the photographic portrait of the Peck family children), though most are from the 1880s-1920s. In many cases, we have contextual information about the lives of the individuals depicted in these portraits. Sometimes we have portraits of multiple members of a single family, from which we can trace a set of relationships. In other cases, the portrait itself is the sole source of information about the subject.

All Portraits serve to make the sitter, however distant in time, present before us: the gaze of the subject, which once met that of the painter or photographer, meets our own and invites us to recognize the person before us and to imagine his or her personality and life.

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RESEARCHERS: If you are traveling a distance to do research-please call ahead to be sure we will be open, we are experiencing a staffing shortage. ALSO, please call to ask what we have in a family folder, sometimes it is one obituary from a newspaper, other folders may have personal letters, etc... thank you! (315) 265-6910
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