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Bullets, Booze, Bootleggers, and Beer: The Story of Prohibition in Northern New York
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1
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$32
Description: Here for the first time is a complete look at Prohibition in northern New York: the shootings, killings, wild pursuits, gunplay at levels never seen before or since, corrupt lawmen, scofflaws, stills, Bootleg Kings, border runners, humorous incidents, ingenious smuggling techniques, hundreds of speakeasies, thousands of arrest stories, and more.


Plattsburgh's Military Heritage: A Pictorial History
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2
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$19.99
Description: During its 200-year history, the Plattsburgh Military Reservation has been home to three branches of the United States military—army, navy, and air force—as well as a college. The Plattsburgh Military Reservation covers the history of the military installation from 1812 to the present and includes a discussion of the progress made by the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation (PARC) since closure of the air base. The valuable historical information is enhanced by 223 photos, maps, and other illustrations. The book was printed through a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. A 10% discount applies for members.


Clinton County Memories II: The 1940s, 1950s and 1960s
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3
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$29.99
Description: This heirloom-quality coffee-table book features a glimpse of Clinton County from 1940-1969 with a brief reprise of the early years, through stunning historic photos. In addition to images carefully selected from the archives of our partners, we are thrilled to include photographic memories from readers of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.


Welcome to the Witherill: A retrospective on Plattsburgh’s landmark hotel and the family who owned it
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4
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$29.99
Description: The home away from home for presidents, governors and senators, the Witherill Hotel in Plattsburgh was a family-owned yet high-toned mainstay for travelers and North Country residents alike. Susan Howell Hamlin, whose family owned the Witherill well into the 1960s, takes a nostalgic look at the once bustling centerpiece of a thriving, bygone downtown.


The Clinton County Suffrage Story
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5
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$5
Description: Celebrating a century of women’s right to vote, CCHA Director Helen Allen Nerska has compiled a fascinating history of the county’s vital role in the fight for equal rights. The book highlights not only the famous figures, such as Susan B. Anthony, who visited the region to drum up support for the cause, but home-grown heroes, including Inez Milholland, a national figure whose local ties helped turn the tide. Four SUNY Plattsburgh students contributed to this booklet with further research on the County’s Suffrage struggle. The booklet was printed through a grant from the Plattsburgh Noon Rotary.


Clinton County Civil War Record 1861-1865
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7
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$75
Description: This 606-page, two-volume set, created by CCHA’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee through a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership , is the most comprehensive work of its kind, featuring the names of over 5,600 Civil War veterans who either enlisted or are buried in Clinton County. The book is divided by towns and then regiment and has a 35-page index. The book was printed through a grant from the Champlain Valley Heritage Partnership. Members receive a 10% discount.


William H. Miner - The Man and the Myth
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8
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$25
Description: In this meticulously researched book, the author brings to life William H. Miner (1862-1930), a businessman, agriculturist, philanthropist, and visionary of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Orphaned at ten, he grew up on a humble homestead near Chazy, went west to make his fortune on the railroad, climbing from bridge carpenter to creator of a leading railroad appliance company in Chicago, before returning to Chazy to transform the old Miner homestead into a 15,000-acre fairyland farm, and building a famous rural school, a state-of-the-art hospital and hydroelectric dams to bring the magic of electricity to the area.


The Secrets of Crab Island
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10
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$15.95
Description: Featuring almost 100 photos, maps and illustrations, this important book details the fascinating history of the important Lake Champlain transportation corridor as seen through the history of Crab Island. Discover the remarkable story of this tiny island (and Lake Champlain itself) from prehistoric times until today. Learn about the continuing efforts of modern-day patriots as they work for the preservation and recognition of this small, but significant limestone island in historic Lake Champlain.


America’s First World War-The French & Indian War 1754-1763
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15
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$15
Description: According to some, the first “World War” wasn’t truly fought in the trenches of Western Europe in 1917-1918. Rather, it was fought much closer to home for America. Todish tells the tale of the most important conflict of the 18th century, the French and Indian War, which determined once and for all which power would dominate in North America, England or France.


Adirondack Family Time-Champlain Valley
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21
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$17.95
Description: This guide to the North Country is filled to the brim with hikes, beaches, waterfalls, museums, games, snowshoeing, skiing, performing arts, maps, trivia and much more. With over 300 year-round activities for the Adirondack Coast, this book is a complete guidebook for the towns of Plattsburgh, Willsboro, Essex, Westport, Port Henry, Crown Point and Ticonderoga. And best of all its specifically designed with the family in mind so everyone from children to the elderly is taken into account.


Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps-History, Memories & Legacy
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20
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$20
Description: One of the many programs created by Franklin Roosevelt during his New Deal was the Civilian Conservation Corps. Operating from 1933 to 1942, this organization provided unskilled manual labor to young men and veterans which helped the conservation of the environment and the development of natural resources in rural areas. This book details the tremendous improvements that the CCC made to the Adirondack Mountains, allowing the area to be enjoyed by millions to this day.


Adirondack: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838
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23
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$27.5
Description: Originally named by the Mohawk people, the Adirondack Mountains have an incredibly interesting story. From 1535 to 1838, Sulavik covers it all in depth. Between Champlain, the beaver wars, and coureur des bois, there’s hardly a dull moment in this generously illustrated historical saga.


Adirondack Outlaws – Bad Boys and Lawless Ladies
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24
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$14.95
Description: The Wild West has long been a popular image in America, however the less popular North also has had its fair share of wild outlaws. Just as the Adirondacks were being torn between different images of what it might become, a rural backwoods for small town farmers, a playground for rich people’s vacations, a pristine park where nature could be preserved, or a resource rich area to be exploited, infamous criminals ran about through the tangled mess. Enclosed in this book are the stories of all the top thieves, gangs, murderers, and manhunts from the region.


Adirondacks, A History of the (2 Vol. Set)
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25
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$45
Description: Adirondacks, A History of the (2 Vol. Set) Prior to this two-part history of the Adirondack Mountains, much of the region’s story had been scattered across guidebooks, pamphlets, and newspaper articles. In 1921, Alfred Donaldson sought to bring all this into a comprehensive and cohesive history. The first volume begins the story with Samuel de Champlain’s 1609 exploration into the area and the second volume ends it with legal attempts at conserving the Adirondacks in the 1910s and 1920s.


Altona Flat Rock, The History Of (Silver Ann. Ed.)
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26
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$22
Description: The Altona Flat Rock is a spectacular site of natural beauty. And alongside its beauty is a dramatic and remarkable story that ties both into ancient glaciers as well as into the modern inhabitants of the North Country. Follow this story in this well photographed book.


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American Civil War 1861-1865 – Unusual Facts and Legends, etc.
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27
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$12.95
Description: Over 160 years ago the United States was transformed by a grueling and identity defining conflict between the Union and the seceding Confederate States. Within this book are many little known facts, legends, and interesting accounts about the Civil War. You may not have seen any of this in your history books but never the less these fascinating little tidbits of information are true.


Among Friends: A Quaker Boy at the Battle of Plattsburgh
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28
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$10.95
Description: This work of historical fiction explores the life of 13 year old Elijah Hoag from the Quaker settlement of Peru Union. He questions his faith before meeting the boys of Aikin’s Volunteer Rifle Company who are defending the North Country from a British invasion in 1814. Through his experiences at the Battle of Plattsburgh, Elijah learns that he can embrace being a Quaker and still follow his dreams.


Arundel
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106
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$16.95
Description: This classic work of historical fiction tells the story of Steven Nason, a soldier in the Continental Army from the settlement of Arundel in Maine. In 1775 he accompanies the notorious Colonel Benedict Arnold on a grueling voyage up the Kennebec River and through the wild North Woods. Through Nason’s eyes, we see the hardships endured by Arnold’s men, their courage, and Arnold’s own noble character in the days before his infamous treachery.


Clinton County-Images of America
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57
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$21.99
Description: After its first permanent settlement following the voyages of Samuel de Champlain, Clinton County has had a long history filled with crucial battles as well as key contributions to social justice movements like the Underground Railroad. Likewise, it has a strong community culture tied together by family traditions and religious celebrations. Explore all of this with a photo collection compiled by county historian Anastasia L. Pratt.


Averill, H.K. Sr., Journal of (Hard Cover)
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31
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$21.95
Description: Born in the town of Peru in 1798, Henry Ketchum Averill lived through a tumultuous period in the history of Clinton County. Serving in a volunteer rifle company during the Battle of Plattsburgh, he was honored with a commemorative rifle by the U.S. Congress. For generations his journal was passed down from parent to child but finally after around two centuries it was transcribed and published by Keith A. Herkalo.


Barton’s, The- Physicians of the North Country
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32
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$1
Description: Some families seem to be inseparable from a certain professional field, whether it be politics, education, or business. With generations of notable figures such as Clara Barton, Dr. Lyman Barton, and Dr. Lyman Guy Barton Sr., the Barton clan seems to be intertwined with the medical field. This pamphlet tells the story of the North Country branch of this brilliant family and their contributions to the area.


Bastions on the Border-Great Stone Forts at Rouses Point on Lake Champlain
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33
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$19.95
Description: This work examines the remarkable story of the crucial fortifications on the Lake Champlain border between the United States and Canada. For the first time, the true tale of Fort “Blunder” and Fort Montgomery is explored in detail. Filled with pictures and diagrams, this book is a must read for students of lake history, fortification buffs, and locals alike.


Beaumont, William MD 1785-1853, Bicentennial of
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34
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$6.95
Description: In 1785 a baby was born who would grow up to be an extraordinary man with a large impact on the history of Clinton County. This was William Beaumont, a skilled doctor who both served bravely in the Battle of Plattsburgh and also made tremendous strides in the understanding of the physiology of the stomach. Two hundred years after his birth, in 1985, the Fourth Champlain Valley Symposium, whose proceedings are recorded in this book, was dedicated to him and his accomplishments.


Beaver Tales – Trappers, Traders, Mountain Men & Scoundrels
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35
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$20
Description: One of the most popular and significant surnames in the North Country is the French name Rabideau. This massive family can link itself all the way back to Joseph Robidou, a man who was born in 1750 in Montreal, New France. This book, by one of the descendants of Robidou, tells the story of this remarkable clan and their numerous roles as adventurous pioneers on the frontiers of American settlement.


Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes
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36
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$20
Description: In 1775, hundreds of men under the leadership of Colonel Benedict Arnold underwent a horrendously difficult expedition to capture Quebec. Despite a skilled officer and courageous troops, the battle went horribly with Arnold wounded, and his troops finding themselves outnumbered and trapped inside the city. Arthur S. Lefkowitz takes a close look at some of the brave soldiers who fought in Arnold’s failed campaign and explores the remarkable lives they led afterward.


Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor
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37
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$14.95
Description: There are few figures in American history so universally reviled as Benedict Arnold. However, Randall’s telling of this true story tells of the political intrigue and human tragedy of Arnold’s story, beyond the simple vilifying legend. The result is a complex character study of a man who was capable of astounding victories and remarkable kindness, but whose jealousy and desire for glory and fortune lead to his downfall.


Benedict Arnold Revolutionary War Hero, An American Warrior Reconsidered
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Description: People are frequently fed simple mythical narratives about history by society and by education that make the world out to be clearly divided between good and evil. Yet these tales often fail to be accurate representations of reality, as is the case for the complex figure of Benedict Arnold. Despite being a selfless and fervent patriot with major victories at Ticonderoga and Saratoga, he still eventually chose treason, a decision that Martin attributes to more than simply greed and maliciousness.


Bottles and Business in Plattsburgh, New York: 100 Years of Embossed Bottles as Historical Artifacts with Supplement
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39
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$18
Description: Plattsburgh had once been an important economic center for northeastern New York, leading to a large buildup of bottles in the area. When archaeologist Gordon Pollard was excavating sites in the area, he continually came across the problem of not having enough resources about this subject. As a result, he created this book which documents many of the businesses and bottles in the area, in order to make identification easier.


Brendler’s Boys – The House That George Built
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40
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$25
Description: The small farming town of Chazy is an unlikely candidate to create a soccer team ready to take on the best the state has to offer. But due largely to the immense effort of one extraordinary coach, they were able to do it. The story of the Chazy legend George Brendler is told here from his upbringing in World War II torn Hungary to his repeated championship victories.


British Naval Activity on Lake Champlain During the War of 1812
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41
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$15
Description: Lake Champlain has long been an essential waterway in the northeast for transportation of people and goods. It has been crucial for every power throughout history seeking to control the region whether Native American or European. This remained true for the British during the War of 1812 where naval activity on the lake was prominent, a fact that’s explored in detail in this work. (Signed copy)


British Naval Activity on Lake Champlain During the War of 1812
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42
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$10
Description: Lake Champlain has long been an essential waterway in the northeast for transportation of people and goods. It has been crucial for every power throughout history seeking to control the region whether Native American or European. This remained true for the British during the War of 1812 where naval activity on the lake was prominent, a fact that’s explored in detail in this work.


Escape From Dannemora
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67
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$24
Description: Clinton Prison has often been called Little Siberia due to its brutal reputation in the cold and isolated wilderness of Dannemora where many notable and often dangerous people have passed through the walls of the establishment, from Lucky Luciano, to Son of Sam, to Tupac. But what happens when those walls aren’t enough to hold them in. Explore the exhilarating true tale of Richard Matt and David Sweat, two murderers who were the first people to escape the prison since 1929 and learn about the wild escapes those who made it out prior to this.


Champlain & Rouses Point
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44
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$1
Description: In the far northeastern corner of both Clinton County, and New York State as a whole, lie the two villages of Champlain and Rouses Point. First settled by Pliny Moore in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the area has a long and storied history. This pamphlet gives a brief overview of the region’s fascinating past.


Champlain, Town of – in the 1800’s (War of 1812, War of 1861)
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45
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$10
Description: The little town of Champlain in Clinton County didn’t fail to pull its weight during America’s times of crisis. In both 1812 and 1861 many residents of the town went to war in order to protect the United States. This work compiles the newspaper articles, burial sites, and more which pertain to these two wars.


Champlain 2000, Town of – Photo History of the Town and Two Villages at the Turn of the Millennium
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46
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$25
Description: What initially began as an attempt to create a photo history of Champlain throughout the 20th Century quickly evolved into something much more unique and ambitious. The result is a combination of family histories, historical sketches, and business ads which seeks to provide a unique look at the past and present of the Town of Champlain. This work stretches from the beginnings of settlement in the area all the way to the year 2000.


Chateaugay Lakes
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47
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$25
Description: Lying on the far western edge of Clinton County are the interconnected Upper and Lower Chateaugay Lakes. Two inhabitants of the area, town historian Ruth Whalen and teacher Herman Whalen, sought to put the history of this body of water into print. This work explores all that the lakes have to offer from boating, to schools, to businesses, and much more.


Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth
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48
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$30
Description: During the Civil War, the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry earned a pathetic reputation as cowardly and useless, largely to their significant losses to Confederate Colonel John Mosby's Rangers. They were plagued by desertions, poor leadership and a near mutiny in 1863. But after the war they finally got the chance to alter this narrative by capturing and killing Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.


Chazy-Images of America
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Description: Named after the French soldier, Captain de Chazy, the Chazy area has a long history stretching back to its founding in 1666. By 1804 it was formally chartered, creating the town of Chazy we know today. Follow town historian Christina Trombly through the over 200-year story of the town with this fascinating collection of photos.


Chazy-Witness to War and Peace
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50
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$1
Description: As this pamphlet can attest, Chazy has seen a great many things throughout the years. On the one hand it has seen war, whether it be from Champlain, Rogers Rangers, Benedict Arnold, or Commodore Macdonough. Yet on the other hand, it has also seen the great tranquility of rural life with the quiet cultivation of milk, maple syrup, and honey.


Chronicles of Lake Champlain Journeys in War and Peace
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51
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$29
Description: The large and strategically crucial Lake Champlain has, throughout its history, made many contributions to our society that helped shape the world we live in today. Throughout this work, Bellico examines the history of the area through the eyes of people who have experienced the lake at different stages of the past. Some of these figures include Samuel de Champlain, Robert Rogers, and Thomas Macdonough.


Churubusco, History of
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52
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$24
Description: Right along the border of Quebec in the northwest corner of Clinton County lies the small and often overlooked community of Churubusco. Lawrence P. Gooley brings the vibrant history of the town to light. From leaders to musicians to athletes, there is far more to this dairy farming town than meets the eye.


Churubusco-Town of Clinton
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53
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$12
Description: Formed out of Ellenburg in 1845, Clinton is a small town on the border of Quebec. This book is the community’s attempt to put all of that history into one place. From pictures to government representatives to local wisdom, the heart of the town is held in these pages.


Ashmun, Jehudi, Some Notes On
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54
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$5
Description: Born in the town of Champlain in 1794, Jehudi Ashmun would grow to become a very important figure thousands of miles away. After attending college he became involved with the American Colonization Society which sought to establish the colony of Liberia in Africa in order to provide a safe home for former African American slaves. This short text examines both the early years of Ashmun as well as his last days before his death.


Drumbeats
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66
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$3
Description: Although many people say that they don’t like history, in truth, history is really just a long story filled with intrigue. And this issue of Drumbeats seeks to uncover the fascinating true story surrounding the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh. In addition, it is a wonderful resource to interest young people in the important role that this area has played in the War of 1812.


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Clinton County Memories -The Early Years – A Pictorial History
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65
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$29.99
Description: The Press-Republican, in partnership with the Clinton County Historical Association, the Clinton County Historian's Office, the Alice T. Miner Museum, and the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute present this beautiful hardcover pictorial history book. This work offers a glimpse of life in Clinton County from the early years to 1939 through spectacular and historic photos. Additionally, it includes photographic memories of years gone by from the community.


Clinton County–Postcard History Series
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58
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$21.99
Description: Clinton County’s location between the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, and the Green Mountains make it an incredibly picturesque area. In addition, it has a long and storied history as well as a strong community culture. In this wonderful photo collection compiled by county historian Anastasia L. Pratt, all of this small town beauty is put on display.


Clinton Prison at Dannemora
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59
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$5
Description: Clinton Correctional Facility has been the largest employer in all of Clinton County at numerous times since being established in 1845. In addition, “Little Siberia”, as it has been called, is notorious for housing many famous and dangerous criminals in the wild and mountainous town of Dannemora. This incredibly important and fascinating location is explored in detail in this book.


Commodore, Friend of Crab Island
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60
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$20
Description: This picture book tells the true story of how John Rock, also known as “the Commodore” restored the American flag to Crab Island in Lake Champlain. The island is the final resting place for both American and British soldiers who perished at the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814. John Rock alongside his brother Michael and a group called the “Friends of Crab Island” worked tirelessly in order to make sure that these fallen warriors are remembered every September 11th.


Conservation of a War of 1812 Anchor from Plattsburgh Bay, Clinton County, NY
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61
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$25
Description: In 1996 recreational divers swimming in Lake Champlain made a tremendous find, an “Old-Style Admiralty Longshank” anchor. Further studies indicated that the anchor was created for the British Royal Navy in 1813 and was used on the HMS Confiance in the Battle of Plattsburgh. This hefty text is a record of the item’s history, properties, and conservation.


Dangerous Journeys - 1757
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62
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$9.95
Description: This fascinating book utilizes contemporary letters from soldiers in the French and Indian War to construct two different stories, both taking place in the New York frontiers of 1756-57. The first is about the escape of William Phelps and Peter Luney from Fort Niagara after the pair were captured by Native troops. And the second is about Jerry Lincoln’s escape from Montreal after he was ambushed at Fort William Henry in 1756.


Dannemora – Images of America
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63
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$21.99
Description: In 1831 iron ore was found in the highlands of western Beekmantown leading to the region’s first permanent settler in 1838. By 1845 the growing settlement established its famous prison and nine years later the area became its own separate town under the name Dannemora. Follow the lengthy history of Dannemora with this collection of atmospheric photos compiled by the local historians Rod Bigelow and Walter Light.


Dannemora’s Death House
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64
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$25
Description: In 1890 the electric chair became the main method of executing prisoners in New York State and for the next 24 years Clinton Prison in Dannemora practiced the death penalty. Within that time 26 inmates were killed in the prison and many more were supposed to but survived due to fate, mercy, or legal action. Here are the stories of 41 prisoners who were sentenced to death in Dannemora.


Family Legends…The Charbonneau Letter
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68
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$14
Description: Toussaint Charbonneau was a French explorer who traveled on the Lewis and Clark expedition with his wife Sacagawea. This book tells the story of their travels across the great unknown as well as a fictionalized tale of their descendants as they pass through centuries of American history. It is not only an exciting adventure, but it also shows how a typical American family spans the gulf of time with their memories and their dreams to build a country and a legacy.


Fire! The History of Firefighting in Clinton County
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69
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$9.95
Description: Firefighting is a dirty and dangerous job that hundreds of men and women voluntarily take on with professional heroism and civic pride. The long history of this noble profession in Clinton County is tumultuous as the technology that was emerging in wealthier and more populated areas often didn’t make it quickly to the remote North Country, leaving some to fight fires with buckets into the 1910s. But regardless, the heroic efforts of Clinton County residents have left a legacy of bravery and progress that has saved lives and communities for generations.


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Flying High Again
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70
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$5
Description: After the closing of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base, many assumed that redevelopment would take 25 years. However, they underestimated the ability and will of the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation which quickly made the base home to businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, college facilities, and an international airport. This book explores this difficult transformation along with all its personalities, obstacles, and compromises.


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