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Upcoming Programs & Events for 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Opening Day, New Touchscreen, Digital Exhibit, Summer Sojourns: A History of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven, NY
Join the Museum as we unveil our first ever touchscreen exhibit, Summer Sojourns: A History of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven, NY. View the unique history and architecture of the luxurious buildings that once resided on the grounds of what is now, Cliff Haven Estates, in this multimedia touchscreen display. The touchscreen exhibit is located in the Museum’s new destination themed gallery, alongside other displays on Clinton County attractions. Visitors can enjoy free admission to the Museum all day and also a free 12:00 pm presentation and exhibit walkthrough with Exhibition Designer and Co-Curator, Roger Black.
At the Museum. This project is funded by an agreement awarded by the United States National Parks Service (NPS) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.


Monday, May 5, 2014
The Catholic Summer School of America: A Walking Tour Through Historic Photos
To celebrate CCHA’s newest exhibit, “Summer Sojourns: A History of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven, NY” Roger Black, local Researcher and Volunteer at the Clinton County Historical Association, will give a presentation on the history of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven, NY. Countless hours of research and scanning have been organized into a visually appealing presentation of the buildings and stories of the Catholic Summer School of America. The presentation will include one-of-a-kind stories and photographs from the collection of the Clinton County Historical Museum. The exhibit was funded by an Education and Outreach grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The presentation is free and open to the public.
7 p.m at the Museum. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, May 17, 2014
Schuyler Falls Cemetery Tour
The Clinton County Historical Association is partnering with Schuyler Falls Historian, Barb Benkwitt to relive the past of this small hamlet in upstate New York. Learn about the history of the community and residents with a one-of-a-kind guided tour of some of the oldest cemeteries in Schuyler Falls. Program participants will meet at 9 am at the Schuyler Falls Town Hall. The Tour is due to finish by 3 pm. Cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple, $12 and $20 respectively for CCHA members. Lunch is included. For more informaiton or to register for the tour please call the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340.
Tour Schedule
9-9:45, Preview of the Schuyler Falls Historian's Document and Photograph Collection
10-10:30, Old Schuyler Falls Cemetery
10:45-11:30, New Schuyler Falls Cemetery
11:45 – 12:45, Lunch at Town Hall
1:00 – 1:15, Broadwell Cemetery
1:30-2:00, Irish Settlement Road Cemetery
2:30 – 3:30, Tour of Larry Bosley's Farm and Home Antique Museum, Clinton County Fairgrounds


Sunday, May 25, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Saturday, May 13, 2014
Chazy History Tour
Clinton County Historical Association, as a continuation of its annual tours of historical venues and cemeteries in Clinton County, is pleased to announce a Tour of Chazy with Chazy Town Historian Bob Cheeseman on Saturday May 31st, 2014. The tour begins at 9 am and includes the Miner Schoolhouse, Alice T. Miner Museum, Riverview Cemetery with its Chapel and Mausoleum, and other very old cemeteries down by the lake. Join us for a fun day of touring in a lovely community with a gracious host. Lunch is included and will be served at the Chazy Town Hall. $15 per person and $25 per couple ($12 and $20 respectively for CCHA members). We encourage participants to bring folding chairs. For reservations and/or more information call 561-0340.
Tour Schedule
8:45-9, Tour group meets at Chazy Town Hall
9-9:45, Tour of Minor Schoolhouse
10-10:45, Hearts Delight Heritage Museum
11:00-11:45, Riverview Cemetery
12:00 – 1:15, Lunch at Town Hall
1:30 - 2:15, Alice T. Minor Museum
2:30 – 3:00, Chazy Landing Cemetery
3:15 - 4:00, Tombly's Bay Cemetery


Monday, June 2, 2014
“Not Just a Sunday Man: the Civil War Story of Rev. Charles Luther Hagar, Chaplain of the 118th New York Volunteers” presented by Helen Nerska with music by Stephen Langdon
Join the Clinton County Historical Association for a presentation by Helen Nerska, CCHA President and musical composition by Stephen Langdon, Saranac Lake Musician, on their great-great-great Uncle, Reverand Charles Luther Hargar. Nerska’s segment will feature a series of vignettes recounting the Civil War story of Rev. Charles Luther Hagar, Chaplain of the Adirondack Regiment from September 1862 to June 1865 as seen through his letters, newspaper reports, music, photos and those who served with him. His story includes his heritage as a Cumberland Head native, his love of his farm and family, his faith which sustained him and through him his regiment, his responsibilities as Regiment Chaplain, his love of music and his post-war involvement with his regiment’s veterans. Langdon will follow with a muscial adaptation of a poem written by Hagar. Program is free an open to the public.
7 p.m at the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, 100 U.S. Oval. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014
Museum Days Weekend
The Clinton County Historical Association and Museum offers two fun filled days of activities for Museum visitors during Clinton County's Annual Museum Days Weekend.

Saturday, June 7th from 10-4 pm features CCHA’s Civil War Day:

CIVIL WAR RESEARCH: Vickie Evans will be on site to answer your questions and to record information on your Civil War ancestors.

STAMP CANCELLATION: Commemorating the Morgan Horses of the Civil War, a specially designed stamp cancellation will be sold for $2.00 each. Cancellations will be sold on Sunday at the Hearts Delight Farm in Chazy, New York. Buy a cancellation and have an encounter with a real Morgan horse!

CIVIL WAR ERA TOOLS: Local Collector, Larry Bosley and Town of Chazy Historian, Bob Cheeseman will be displaying and demonstrating a collection of Civil War era tools.

BOOK RELEASE: CCHA's Civil War Sesquicentennial Committees new book is finally here! Get your signed copy of Clinton County Civil War Record: 1861-1865 at the Museum and meet with the Committee responsible for the thousands of hours of research that went into this project.

BLACKSMITHING: Lance Valcon will be on the grounds with students from the Work Experience Program (WEP) doing blacksmith demonstrations.

Sunday, June 2nd

Enjoy self-guided tours of the museum. Everyday features include:

EXHIBITIONS: The museum features 2 floors of exhibit space with 6 galleries and display areas. Our newest exhibits from the I LOVE Clinton County Exhibition Series, Once Upon a Time: The Historic Hotel Champlain, Haute Couture: Summer Styles of the Early 20th Century, and Snapshots: A Pictorial View of Hospitality and Recreation in Historic Clinton County, represent the full spectrum of traveler accommodations that were offered in the County, covering both the countless roadside Inns and Hotels and the larger resorts. They can be found on display in the Museum's redesigned destination themed gallery. The Museum also features exhibits on the Civil War, Native American Stone Tools, Early Musical Instruments, Clinton County Artwork, Valcour Island Camps and the Bluff Point Lighthouse, and much more.

RESEARCH LIBRARY: Schedule an appointment to research that one topic you been interested in for years. Our library and subject files feature over 1,000 easy to access, books, documents and photographs.

BOOKSTORE: Our bookstore features more than 300 local history books.

COLLECTION ACQUISITIONS: Ask our staff about our acquisitions procedures. Our permanent collection includes over 10,000 textiles, documents, photographs, paintings, advertisements, scrapbooks, glassware, antiques and other Clinton County memorabilia. If you have a piece of Clinton County history that you would like preserved for future generations, our Director and Staff are trained in archival and preservation methods.


Admission is free at the Clinton County Historical Museum and 22 other participating museums this weekend!


Saturday, June 14 - Sunday, June 15, 2014
CCHA’s Annual Civil War Encampment & Reenactment
Confederate and Union soldiers will set-up camp on the grounds of the Beekmantown Recreation Center to commemorate this traumatic period in American history. Re-enactors will engage in battle during the two-day encampment. Other attractions include a traveling Sutler Store and Blacksmith and Cannon Demonstrations. Authors of the Clinton County Historical Association’s newest book, Clinton County Civil War Record, 1861-1865, will also be on-site on Saturday to greet the public and take research requests. A full schedule of events and attractions will be announced as the date nears.
Saturday Events: 9a.m. to 5 p.m, Sunday Events: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented both days at the Beekmantown Recreation Center. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, July 6, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Tuesday, July 8 – Friday, July 11, 2014
Clinton County Historical Association’s Civil War Youth Camp – 1st Session
CCHA’s 4 day Civil War Camp immerses youth, 9-14 years old, in the history and daily life of the Civil War. Camp focuses on the history of Clinton County units and the daily life and activities of the average Union soldier from the "North Country." Camp is instructed by well-known re-enactor and educator, Matthew Hewson. Price is $50 per camper. Please call the Museum at 518-561-0340 to register your Camper. Registration is required.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Tuesday, July 15 – Friday, July 18, 2014
Clinton County Historical Association’s Civil War Youth Camp – 2nd Session
CCHA’s 4 day Civil War Camp immerses youth, 9-14 years old, in the history and daily life of the Civil War. Camp focuses on the history of Clinton County units and the daily life and activities of the average Union soldier from the "North Country." Camp is instructed by well-known re-enactor and educator, Matthew Hewson. Price is $50 per camper. Please call the Museum at 518-561-0340 to register your Camper. Registration is required.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, July 13, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, July 20, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 3, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 10, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 17, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 24, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 31, 2014
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Saturday, November 1, 2014
CCHA'S ANNUAL MEETING, Featuring Presentation and Dinner
Join local musician and music historian Marc Mero at the Clinton County Historical Museum for a one of a kind presentation on the history of music in Clinton County. In his presentation, "75 Years of Music: The Bands of Clinton County, New York" Marc traces the history and evolution of bands in Clinton County. Genres include rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, country and western, church choirs, and even school marching bands. Part of our Annual Meeting. Dinner will be included. More details will be available as the date nears.


 

Previous Programs & Events in 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Adirondack Survivor with History Out of the Box’s, Jan McCormick
Part of the 2014 Winter Snowball events, learn how early trappers and explorers survived the harsh winter climate of the Adirondacks. Participants will learn how to build a fire, get some cooking tips and learn how to build a shelter. The event will be held on the Museum’s grounds and is free and open to the public. Please call the Clinton County Historical Association at 518-561-0340 for more information on this event or visit our website, www.clintoncountyhistorical.org.
Free and open to the public. 11 am to 12 pm Funded in part by Clinton County.


Monday, April 7, 2014
The History of Hotel Champlain presented by Dr. Richard Frost, Part of CCHA’s Monday Night Lecture Series
Join the Clinton County Historical Museum for a free presentation on the history of Hotel Champlain by Dr. Richard Frost. The Hotel Champlain, the site of Clinton Community College today, was one of the most well-known luxury resorts in New York State during its 50 year reign in Bluff Point, NY. With it’s high-class accommodations and beautiful setting on Lake Champlain, the Hotel was a popular vacation destination for many of America’s early 20th century leaders of industry, military and state. After the presentation, guests are invited to view a collection of artifacts from the Hotel in the recently announced Hotel Champlain exhibit. The exhibit is part of the I love Clinton County exhibition series, located in the Museum’s redesigned, destination themed gallery.
7 p.m at the Museum. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, April 12, 2014
I Love Clinton County Exhibition Opening!
Visitors to the Museum will enjoy free admission to the CCHA to view our newest exhibits, Once Upon a Time: The Historic Hotel Champlain, Haute Couture: Summer Styles of the Early 20th Century, and Snapshots: A Pictorial View of Hospitality and Recreation in Historic Clinton County. These exhibits represent the full spectrum of traveler accommodations that were offered in the County, covering both the countless roadside Inns and Hotels and the larger resorts.
10 am to 3 pm. Funded in part by Clinton County, UFirst Federal Credit Union and the Holiday Inn at Plattsburgh.


Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Thread Stops Here: Preserving and Storing Your Special Vintage Clothing, Quilts, and Other Material Goods
Join Jan McCormick, Museum Consultant, and Abby Zoldowski, Textile Conservator, at the Clinton County Historical Museum for an informative and fun exploration in preserving your vintage material goods. This is a hands-on workshop with informative hand-outs to take home for future use. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item for consultation. Program is $25.00 per person. Students are free. Please call 518-561-0340 to reserve a spot, space is limited.
1 pm to 3 pm. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Previous Programs & Events in 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013
African Americans and the War of 1812 by Don Papson
At the Museum, 7 pm.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, February 16, 2013
Hot Chocolate with Your Babydoll
CCHA would like to invite 10 girls and their babydolls, to join us for a small gathering from 1-3 on February 16. Girls must be accompanied by a parent or family friend. Our visitors will receive a tour of the museum, a chance to see some of the dolls and clothing in our collection and talk about their own dolls. Each girl will be given the opportunity to dress up from our dress-up collection and have their pictures taken. Later, necklaces can be made for themselves or their dolls. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served as refreshments. The fee for the activity is $5 per person, paid in advance, if possible. Due to limited space, we can only take the first 10 girls and their accompanying grown-up. Feel free to wear your own historical costume.
For more information or to reserve a space, contact our director, Melissa Peck, at 518-561-0340, Wednesday - Saturday 10-3, or at director@clintoncountyhistorical.org


Monday, March 4, 2013
Women Making a Difference During the Civil War by Vickie Evans
At the Museum 7 pm.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, March 23, 2013
Gathering Basket Workshop with Mick Jarvis of Adirondack Baskets and Heritage Designs
Weave your own gathering basket, just in time for the Easter holiday!For beginners as well as weaving "veterans."
All materials are included and all necessary tools are provided. Bring a snack or lunch for breaktime.
  Workshop cost: CCHA Members:
    $38.00 for a small basket
    $40.00 for a medium basket
  Non-CCHA Members:
    $45.00 for a large basket
Registration with $20 nonrefundable deposit required. Call 518-561-0340 to register.

9am - 1pm at the Museum.


April 1, 2013
Early Images of Plattsburgh, NY
Join the Clinton County Historical Association for a lecture and presentation by CCHA Volunteer, Roger Black. Roger’s presentation will explore his journey in researching and identifying photos in the Clinton County Historical Association’s glass plate negative collections. The audience will be privy to a rare showing of photos that capture the daily life within the streets and parks of Plattsburgh, New York during the early 20th century. Street scenes include photos of Clinton Street, Margaret Street, Oak Street, and City Hall Place. Other Photos document major fires in Plattsburgh and also, the 1930 Stone Arch Bridge Opening Ceremony, a monumental event in Plattsburgh’s history.
At the Museum, 7 pm.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, May 4, 2013
West Chazy Cemetery Tour with Bob Cheeseman, Town of Chazy Historian
The tour will start at 9 am at the Chazy Town Hall and is expected to end around 4 pm. Tour sites will include the Rural, Ingraham and Slosson cemeteries in West Chazy and the St. Louis, Dragoon and Sciota cemeteries, in Sciota. Lunch is included and will be served at Guma's. $15 per person and $25 per couple ($12 and $20 respectively for CCHA members). Reservations are encouraged.
For reservations and/or more information call 561-0340.





Sunday, May 26, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Memorial Day Weekend
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2013 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
The Civil War in Northern New York
New York State Historian Robert Weible will speak on the Civil War in northern New York, including the role of abolitionists. Mr. Weible will also highlight the NYS Museum Civil War Exhibit, which features the crucial abolitionist role leading up to the Civil War, in the North Country and elsewhere. 7:00 pm, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, 1745 Main St., Keeseville. Co-sponsored by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, the Essex County Historical Society, and the Clinton Country Historical Association. Free and open to the public. Call 518-834-5180 for more information.


Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2013
Museum Days
The Clinton County Historical Association and Museum offers two fun filled days of activities for Museum visitors during Clinton County's annual Museum Days Weekend.

Saturday, June 1st from 10-4 pm features CCHA’s Civil War Day:

CIVIL WAR RESEARCHERS: Robert St. John and Vickie Evans will be on site to answer your questions and to record information on your Civil War ancestors.

RAFFLE: Raffle tickets will be available to purchase, $1.00 ticket or $5.00 for a book of 6.

Prizes include a Civil War Quilt made by local quilter, Vickie Evans, Gioiosa’s Basket of Cheer, Cabot Cheese Gift Pack, 150th Civil War Commemoration Original Newspaper, CCHA’s Book “Clinton County Civil War Soldiers, Lighthouse Tote and Books, Jeesum Crow Gift Basket and Parkers Maple Syrup.

STAMP CANCELLATION: Commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg, specially designed stamp cancellation will be sold for $2.00 each.

CIVIL WAR ERA TOOLS: Local Collector, Larry Bosley and Town of Chazy Historian, Bob Cheeseman will be displaying and demonstrating a collection of Civil War era tools.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Join in a game of croquet or rounders, outside from 10-1 pm.

Sunday, June 2nd

Enjoy self-guided tours of the museum. Everyday features include:

EXHIBITIONS: The museum features 3 floors of exhibit space with 8 galleries and display areas. Our newest exhibit is Peru’s Busy Past, co-curated by the Town of Peru Historians, Ron and Carol Allen. The Museum also features exhibits on the Civil War, Famous Clinton County Pioneers’, Fashions, Musical Instruments, Artwork, Valcour Light House, Tourism and much more.

RESEARCH LIBRARY: Schedule an appointment to research that one topic you been interested in for years. Our library and subject files feature over 1,000 easy to access, books, documents and photographs.

BOOKSTORE: Our bookstore features more than 300 local history books.

COLLECTION ACQUISITIONS: Ask our staff about our acquisitions procedures. Our permanent collection includes over 10,000 textiles, documents, photographs, paintings, advertisements, scrapbooks, glassware, antiques and other Clinton County memorabilia. If you have a piece of Clinton County history that you would like preserved for future generations, our Director and Staff are trained in archival and preservation methods.

Other Special Guests: Town of Peru Historians will be at CCHA both days to accompany our newest exhibit Peru’s Busy Past and will be available to answer your questions about the history of Peru.


At the Clinton County Historical Museum and 22 other participating museums.


Monday, June 3, 2013
Archaeological Investigations at the Coop's Pork N' Fish Site in Coopersville, NY
Join CCHA as Archaeologist Dr. Andrew Black reveals his findings from an excavation site in Coopersville, NY. His findings give us a glimpse into life in an early settlement in Clinton County. Research and recovered artifacts indicate the site was once an early farmstead dating to the late 1790s or very early 1800s.
At the Museum, 7 pm.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Friday, June 7, 2013
Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy
CCHA hosts a reunion of the Civilian Conservation Corps alumni, family, & friends to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the CCC. We invite community members and CCC alumni to share their stories and pictures of the CCC camps. Author and historian Marty Podskoch will give a short Power Point presentation on the history, lore & legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in New York. Podskoch will also be signing his new book, Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Its History, Memories and Legacy of the CCC. The 352-page book contains over 500 pictures and illustrations, 185 interviews, 26 maps, and 25 charts.

At the Museum, 2 pm. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, June 29, 2013
Clinton County Family Heritage Interview Series for Kids
CCHA’s Education Committee is pioneering the program series as part of a larger oral history project underway at the Museum. This program will allow children to interview a member of their family and to have the interview recorded and added to CCHA’s collection. Participants can arrange to pick up a copy of the interview at a later date for their family’s personal collection. This program is partially funded by a $400 grant from the Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match Program, which was awarded to the CCHA in March 2013. There will be 6, 30 minute interview segments per program. Preregistration is required.
At the Museum, 11-2 pm.
Free and open to the public. Spaces are limited. Funded in part by Clinton County and the Stewarts Foundation.


Monday, July 1, 2013
Lighthouses of Lake Champlain
Join CCHA as local Valcour Island researcher and past president of CCHA, Roger Harwood gives a presentation on the history of the Lighthouses on Lake Champlain. Bluff Point Lighthouse is highlighted.
At the Museum, 7 pm.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, July 7, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Tue-Fri, July 9-12, 2013, 9 am -3 pm daily.
Civil War Youth Camp - 1st Session
The CCHA 4 day Civil War Camp immerses youth, 9-14 years old, in the history and daily life of the Civil War. Camp focuses on the history of local units and the daily life activities of the average Union soldier from the "North Country." Price is $20/camper. Please call CCHA at 518-561-0340 to register your camper(s).
At the Clinton County Historical Museum. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, July 14, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Tue-Fri, July 16-19, 2013, 9 am - 3 pm daily.
Civil War Youth Camp - 2nd Session
The CCHA 4 day Civil War Camp immerses youth, 9-14 years old, in the history and daily life of the Civil War. Camp focuses on the history of local units and the daily life activities of the average Union soldier from the "North Country." Price is $20/per camper. Please call CCHA at 518-561-0340 to register your camper(s).
At the Clinton County Historical Museum. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, July 27, 2013
Clinton County Family Heritage Interview Series for Kids
CCHA’s Education Committee is pioneering the program series as part of a larger oral history project underway at the Museum. This program will allow children to interview a member of their family and to have the interview recorded and added to CCHA’s collection. Participants can arrange to pick up a copy of the interview at a later date for their family’s personal collection. This program is partially funded by a $400 grant from the Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match Program, which was awarded to the CCHA in March 2013. There will be 6, 30 minute interview segments per program. Preregistration is required.
At the Museum, 11-2 pm.
Free and open to the public. Spaces are limited. Funded in part by Clinton County and the Stewarts Foundation.


Sunday, July 28, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sat-Sun, August 3-4, 2013
Civil War Encampment & Reenactment
Re-enactors will set up camp, re-enact battles and for two days relive this stirring period of American History. Presented by the Clinton County Historical Association and hosted by the 11th NY Battery Light Artillery and Alexandria Battery CSA, the Encampment will bring to life a tragic period of American history as lived by both soldiers and civilians during the Civil War.
Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, August 4, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Monday, August 5, 2013
Military History Lecture
Join CCHA for a lecture by local re-enactor and military history enthusiast, Mathew Hewson.
At the Museum, 7 pm, refreshments to follow.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, August 11, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 18, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 25, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours
Hours of operation at the Lighthouse are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.
Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Saturday, August 31, 2013
Clinton County Family Heritage Interview Series for Kids
CCHA’s Education Committee is pioneering the program series as part of a larger oral history project underway at the Museum. This program will allow children to interview a member of their family and to have the interview recorded and added to CCHA’s collection. Participants can arrange to pick up a copy of the interview at a later date for their family’s personal collection. This program is partially funded by a $400 grant from the Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match Program, which was awarded to the CCHA in March 2013. There will be 6, 30 minute interview segments per program. Preregistration is required.
At the Museum, 11-2 pm.
Free and open to the public. Spaces are limited. Funded in part by Clinton County and the Stewarts Foundation.


Sunday, September 1, 2013
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for Tours - LAST TOUR OF THE 2013 SEASON
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the the last time during our 2013 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Saturday, September 14, 2013
Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend - Free Admission to the Museum
The Clinton County Historical Museum will be offering free admission, 10-3 pm, to Museum visitors on Saturday during the Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend. The Museum has an extensive collection of artifacts from the Battle of Plattsburgh on display, including a real Aiken Rifle. The Museum is located at 98 Ohio Ave, Plattsburgh, NY. For more information, please call 518-561-0340 or email director@clintoncountyhistorical.org


Sunday, September 15, 2013
Dress Up with Julie
As part of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration events, Julie Dowd, CCHA Trustee and Volunteer will have antique hats and shawls on display for kids of all ages to try on. Julie will be on the grounds of the Macdonough Monument from 10-4 pm. For more information please contact the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340.


Saturday, September 21, 2013
Out of the Attic Antiques Appraisal
Ted Comstock, former associate curator at the Adirondack Museum and antiques specialist, will be at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center, located at 52 U.S. Oval Plattsburgh NY, providing verbal (not written) appraisals of your valuable treasures. Items that can be appraised include furniture, china, glass and other home decor; camp items such as packbaskets, fishing tackle and snowshoes; photographs, books, prints and paintings. Please no jewelry, stamps or coins. Appraisals cost $5.00 per object, limit to 4 objects please. The program is from 11-2 pm and will be held in the lower level Community Room. For more information please contact the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340 or at director@clintoncountyhistorical.org. This program is sponsored in part by Clinton County, Ted Comstock Appraisals, Antique and Variety Mall and Bridge Street Auction Service.


Saturday, September 28, 2013
Clinton County Family Heritage Interview Series for Kids
CCHA’s Education Committee is pioneering the program series as part of a larger oral history project underway at the Museum. This program will allow children to interview a member of their family and to have the interview recorded and added to CCHA’s collection. Participants can arrange to pick up a copy of the interview at a later date for their family’s personal collection. This program is partially funded by a $400 grant from the Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match Program, which was awarded to the CCHA in March 2013. There will be 6, 30 minute interview segments per program. Preregistration is required.
At the Museum, 11-2 pm.
Free and open to the public. Spaces are limited. Funded in part by Clinton County and the Stewarts Foundation.


Saturday, September 28, 2013
Dress Up with Julie
As part of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference, Julie Dowd, CCHA Trustee and Volunteer will have antique hats and shawls on display for kids of all ages to try on. Julie will be at the Dannemora Civic Center from 10-4 pm. For more information please contact the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340 or the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society at 518-561-5728.


Saturday, October 5, 2013
Village of Champlain/Hamlet of Coopersville History Tour
The Clinton County Historical Association is partnering with members of Champlain’s history community to offer a tour of the Village of Champlain and the Hamlet of Coopersville that will feature many historic sites, to include Glenwood Cemetery, the Samuel de Champlain History Center, St. Joseph's Church and cemetery and the Champlain Dist. No. 9 Schoolhouse. Program participants will meet at 9 am at the Samuel de Champlain History Center. The Tour is due to finish by 3 pm. Cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple, $12 and $20 respectively for CCHA members. Lunch is included. For more informaiton or to register for the tour please call the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340. Spaces are limited. This program is sponsored in part by Clinton County and Parker Chevrolet, Inc.


Tuesday, October 7, 2013
"Know Thy Work and Do It:" The Tuesday Club of Plattsburgh
Join the Clinton County Historical Museum for a presentation by Dr. Ellen Adams, CCHA Volunteer and Researcher, on a very unique ladies club that was in existence in Clinton County for over 90 years. The program begins at 7 pm and will be held at the Museum, located at 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY. For more information please contact the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340 or email director@clintoncountyhistorical.org.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, October 19, 2013
20th Century Camps of Valcour Island by Roger Harwood
Explore the little known history of Valcour Island's 20th century community in this presentation featuring many seldom seen images of the island and its inhabitants.
At Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 pm.

Free and open to the public.


Saturday, October 19, 2013
“Artifact Identification Day”
To celebrate International Archaeology Day, the SUNY-Plattsburgh Anthropology Department and Clinton County Historical Association invite community members to bring their artifacts and collections to the Museum to participate in our ‘Artifact Identification Day.’ Archaeologists Chris Wolff and Andy Black from SUNY-Plattsburgh will be on the grounds of the Clinton County Historical Association to identify and provide more information about your artifacts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th. They will also be displaying some of their findings from local excavations for visitors to view. Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of the Museum’s free admission for this event. The Clinton County Historical Museum has eight display galleries, including a special exhibition, Cultural Crossroads and Conflicted Territories, funded by a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program in 2012, which explores the early settlement and material remnants of Native American populations. No appraisals will be given at this event.
For more information please contact the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340 or email director@clintoncountyhistorical.org.

Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, December 7, 2013
New Exhibit "Compliments of the Season" Members Preview
CCHA will be offering a preview to members of the Association of our newest exhibit, "Compliments of the Season." This exhibit will feature artifacts from the many wintertime traditions that members of our community hold dear. See special displays on antique toys, winter clothing, victorian greeting cards, and so much more. If you have any objects you might like to contribute, call the Museum for more information at 518-561-0340.
At CCHA, 12:00 to 3:00 pm


Previous Programs & Events in 2012

Saturday, March 31. 2012
Packbasket Workshop with Mick Jarvis of Adirondack Baskets and Heritage Designs
Weave a 17" or 21" tall basket of premium reed. For beginners as well as weaving "veterans."
All materials are included and all necessary tools are provided. Bring a snack or lunch for breaktime.
  Workshop cost: CCHA Members:
    $70.00 for 17" basket
    $85.00 for 21" basket
  Non-CCHA Members:
    $80.00 for 17" basket
    $100.00 for 21" basket
Registration with $20 nonrefundable deposit required. Call 518-561-0340 to register.

9am - 4pm at the Museum.


Saturday & Sunday, May 5-6, 2012
Civil War Encampment & Reenactment
Re-enactors will set up camp, re-enact battles and for two days relive this stirring period of American History.
Presented by the Clinton County Historical Association and hosted by the 11th NY Battery Light Artillery and Alexandria Battery CSA, the Encampment will bring to life a tragic period of American history as lived by both soldiers and civilians during the Civil War.
Camp will open to spectators Saturday at 9 am. The first battle will commence at 11 am, and the second at 3:30 pm. In addition, there will be activities for all ages, quilt and needlework exhibits, camp tours and cannon and rifle demonstrations using reproductions of time period weapons.
Sunday morning, camps will again open at 9 am and conclude with a battle at 1 pm. The camp will be closed to the public at 2 pm.

Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Monday, May 7, 2012
20th Century Camps of Valcour Island by Roger Harwood
At the Museum, 7 pm, refreshments to follow.
Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Monday, May 12, 2012
Tour of Chazy with Chazy Town Historian Bob Cheeseman
The tour, starting at 9am, will include the Miner Schoolhouse, Museum at Heart's Delight Farm, Riverview Cemetery with its Chapel and Mausoleum, Sacred Heart Cemetery and other very old cemeteries down by the lake.
Lunch is included and will be served at the Chazy Town Hall. $15 per person and $25 per couple ($12 and $20 respectively for CCHA members).

For reservations and/or more information call 561-0340.


Monday, May 21, 2012
20th Century Camps of Valcour Island by Roger Harwood
Explore the little known history of Valcour Island's 20th century community in this presentation featuring many seldom seen images of the island and its inhabitants.
At the Museum, 7 pm, refreshments to follow.

Free and open to the public.Seating is limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27, 2012
Clinton County Military Timeline
Held at Beekmantown Town Hall Recreation Park at Beekmantown Town Hall,571 Spellman Road, West Chazy, NY 12992
Visitors will be able to walk through displays of America's military personnel and equipment from the beginnings of U.S. history to today’s conflicts. Reenactors from many time periods will be on site to answer questions about their time period.

Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, May 27, 2012
Opening Day at Bluff Point Lighthouse
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Saturday, June 2 & 3, 2012
Museum Weekend
Open 10-4, No admission charge at CCHA and 22 other participating museums. Join us for self-guided tours of the Clinton County Historical Museum from 10am to 4 pm both days and don’t miss the new exhibit Cultural Crossroads & Conflicted Territory which highlights Native American artifacts and features hands-on elements for children.
Our galleries feature Redford Glass, musical instruments, artifacts from the Battle of Valcour and Battle of Plattsburgh, local photographs, prints and portraits, furniture, textiles, North Country related artwork, and exhibits on local connections to both the Cold War and the American Civil War.
For Museum Day kids will also enjoy “archaeology lab” sessions which begin at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m. During the “archaeology lab” children may simulate a dig, discovering objects in a sand tray.

At the Clinton County Historical Museum and 22 other participating museums.


Sunday, July 1, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, July 8, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Monday, July 9, 2012
The Civil War through Quilts by Vicki Evans
At the Museum, 7 PM, refreshments to follow.
Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton COunty.


Monday, June 4, 2012
Elizabeth Fisk Looms: The Story of a Weaver by Marty Dale
At the museum, 7 pm, refreshments follow.
Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton COunty.


Tue-Fri, July 10-13, 2012
Civil War Youth Camp - 1st Session
The CCHA 4 day Civil War Camp immerses youth, 9-14 years old, in the history and daily life of the Civil War. Camp focuses on the history of local units and the daily life activities of the average Union soldier from the "North Country."
Registration for camp is filled to capacity. We're sorry but no more registrations can be accepted.

Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, July 15, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Tue-Fri, July 17-20, 2012
Civil War Youth Camp - 2nd Session
The CCHA 4 day Civil War Camp immerses youth, 9-14 years old, in the history and daily life of the Civil War. Camp focuses on the history of local units and the daily life activities of the average Union soldier from the "North Country."
Registration for camp is filled to capacity. We're sorry but no more registrations can be accepted.

Funded in part by Clinton County.


Sunday, July 22, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, July 29, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 5, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Monday, August 6, 2012
Battle of Plattsburgh Centenary and the Progressive Era by Matt Hewson
At the Museum, 7 PM, refreshments to follow.
Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton COunty.


Sunday, August 12, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Saturday,August 18, 2012
Civil War Day - Co-sponsored by Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society
Research opportunities, speakers on local Civil War topics, children's activities, book sale, music and more. Find out about your local Civil War ancestors and enjoy free admission to the museum.
At CCHA, 10 am - 4 pm.


Sunday, August 19, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, August 26, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Sunday, September 2, 2012
Bluff Point Lighthouse Open for tours
The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the 2012 season.
Hours of operation are from 1-3 pm. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County.

Find a complete summer lighthouse schedule and more info at the CCHA's lighthouse page.


Monday, October 1, 2012
Maple: A Sweet History by Kristina Parker-Wingler and Josh Wingler
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Refreshments follow. Funded in part by Clinton County.
At the Museum, 7 pm


Thursday, October 18, 2012
History of Plattsburgh Told Through Vintage Images
CCHA is happy to host a presentation and book signing by local author and historian, Kelly Julian. The presentation will not only cover the main topics in her new book but will also highlight her research experience at CCHA. Over sixty percent of the images in Julian’s book are a part of a large donation of glass plate negatives from the late Geroge Brewer, collector and Clinton County native. Many of the images in the Brewer Collection and those included in the book, are over 100 years old. Roger Black, a volunteer at CCHA, worked with Julian in her quest for photos and as part of a larger project, has been working on digitizing this collection for public use. Julian’s book has proved to be a wonderful example of the treasures within CCHA’s Brewer Collection. Copies of the book will be available at a special price for this one night only at CCHA.
At the museum, 7 pm


October 26-October 27, 2012
Halloween Weekend at CCHA
Join the Clinton County Historical Association at 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY as we celebrate Halloween at the Museum. On Friday, October 26 at 7:00PM CCHA will be hosting a Hometown Cable Movie Night featuring Gordie Little’s Ghosts of Clinton County. The video showing will be held in the Museum’s North Gallery. Snacks of donuts and cider will be available courtesy of Rulfs Orchards. On Saturday, October 27 from 1-3PM there will be a Children’s Pumpkin Painting Program, courtesy of Everett Orchards. Costumes are welcome! Both events are free and open to the public, seating and supplies are limited. We look forward to seeing you! This program is funded in part by Clinton County.


November 3, 2012
Annual Meeting of the CCHA Membership
Program presentation by Roger Black highlighting the CCHA Glass Plate Negative Collection images of sites and scenes throughout Clinton County.
Invitations will be sent to Members with more information.


Saturday, December 1, 2012
Museum Campus Holiday Shopping Day at Champlain Centre Mall
At Champlain Center Mall, 10-6 pm. CCHA will be joined by BOPA and CVTM with a display of local history materials for sale from our gift shops. Many local history books from CCHA's gift shop will be marked down in price! The sale will be for one day only!
Funded in part by Clinton County.


Monday, December 3, 2012
Introduction of North Country Community Archeology Network by Dr. Chris Wolff
At the Museum, 7 pm. Presentation is on the creation of a collaborative research network between professional archaeologists and "citizen scientists" in an attempt to understand the past of the North Country. It will discuss ongoing research in the North Country and directions for future collaborative archaeological projects that involve community members in the North Country.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Refreshments follow. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Saturday, December 8, 2012
Peru's Busy Past Exhibit Opening
Join the Clinton County Historical Association and the Town of Peru Historians as we open our new exhibit Peru's Busy Past. Guest Curators, Ron and Carol Allen, Town of Peru Co-Historians, have been working with Julie Dowd, CCHA Board Member, to create an exhibit that will highlight the history of Peru, NY. Topics covered include the lumber industry, churches, schools, first settlers and much more. 12-3pm at CCHA. Refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public. Supplies are limited. Funded in part by Clinton County.


Clinton County Historical Association
98 Ohio Avenue
¨ Plattsburgh, New York 12903 ¨ (518) 561-0340