Tools of the Past: Basic to Beams
The Clarkson Historical Society will host Greece collector Don Newcomb as he presents “Tools of the Past: Basic to Beams” on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 PM in the Clarkson Academy.
Newcomb will talk about early American tools, and how they were used in building the first homes in the colonies.
The Clarkson Academy is located at 8343 West Ridge Rd. The talk is free and the public is invited. Admission is free.
John Hancock Cursive Writing Contest
John Hancock, whose signature is the largest on the Declaration of Independence, was born on January 23, 1737. Our cursive writing contest was begun after teaching cursive in our summer camp and to the 4th grade classes who came for field trips before COVID. Any child in 4th grade and up through high school is invited to participate. Awards are given for first, second, and third place winners in each category. Also, first place winners in each category will have bookmarks made with their picture and winning handwriting put in their local library.
Note: All entries should be mailed to the Clarkson Historical Society, PO Box 600, Clarkson, NY 14430, and must be postmarked by February 17th. Winners will be notified by phone.
Please check out our Video "Learning Cursive with Margery Ruth Rath". You can find this video under the menu item "Videos".
Santa Claus School and Christmas Park
The Clarkson Historical Society will host a presentation on the Santa Claus School and Christmas Park that was located in Albion. Tim Archer, an Albion Middle School Civics and Service Learning Teacher, will talk about Charles W. Howard, a humble, local farmer who became known worldwide for operating the Santa Claus School, and then Christmas Park. Charles took a simple idea, and with his passion, turned it into a Yuletide marvel. Over the years, many thousands flocked to Albion. Tim will discuss Charles’s childhood, why he started the Santa School and Park, what the school and park were like, and what eventually happened to the school. The talk will be given at the Clarkson Academy located at 8339 W. Ridge Road on Wednesday, December 7th. The public is invited to this free presentation which begins at 7 PM.
From Native American Footpath to Early Ridge Road in Clarkson
The Clarkson Historical Society will host a presentation on Wednesday, November 2nd, titled, From Native American Footpath to Early Ridge Road in Clarkson. The talk will be given by Leanna Hale, Town of Clarkson Historian, at the Clarkson Academy located at 8339 W. Ridge Road. The public is invited to this free presentation which begins at 7 PM
Presentation Focus on Cobblestone
The Clarkson Historical Society will host a presentation on Wednesday, October 5th by Tim McDonnell at the Clarkson Academy located at 8339 W. Ridge Road. The topic for this presentation will focus on cobblestone. Tim, a long-time member of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT, and the Coordinator of the NY Geographic Alliance at MCC has taught many courses at Osher including a Cobblestone Course last Spring. Tim’s interests are in the geography, history, and geology of New York State. The public is invited to this free presentation which begins at 7 PM.
With this map one can explore the location of cobblestone structures in New York State – by county and town.