Civil War Project

 The Lewis County Historical Society is embarking on a Civil War project, gathering the data and images of veterans who enlisted in Lewis County. The project, which could result in the publication of data and photographs, will be the combination of already established Historical Society records and input from the community.

“We encourage people to bring in their family photos to be scanned or email the images to us,” said Jerry Perrin, office manager.To date, the society has gathered approximately 50 images from donations, provided copies or from Internet research. “We will try to put together a biography and war record with each image as a permanent record. If we get enough images there is a possibility of creating a book as a fund raiser,” said Mr. Perrin.

For those uncertain about a relative’s involvement, volunteers at the society can undertake research efforts using the New York State veteran’s database.

Volunteers may also utilize “Where Brave Men Sleep,” by Charlie Shaw. The book lists the service records of known Lewis County Civil War veterans and the location of their burial. Copies of the book are currently being printed and are expected to arrive by the week of the Lewis County Fair. The society anticipates offering the book at their fair booth for $25.

Another valuable research tool on local Civil War history is “Lewis County Goes to War,” a collection of newspaper articles compiled by Jack Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe’s widow, Thea, has given permission to the society to reprint the work. The collection is now available for purchase at the society gift shop for $12.

For more information about the project contact either Jerry Perrin at 376-8957 or lewiscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com, or Tom Duflo at 376-3839 or tduflo@twcny.rr.com.


 ~Upcoming Events ~

 April 26 - Lewis County Historical Society 3rd Annual Meeting of Historians

The Lewis County Historical Society is holding its 3rd annual meeting of historians and others interested in local history and resources on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Society, 7552 South State Street, Lowville, NY. All town and village historians, historical societies, museums, and libraries in Lewis County are being invited along with the general public.

10 – 10:15 am – Introductions

10:15 – 10:30 am – John Bartow, Jr., Executive Director of the Tug Hill Commission, will present a brief overview of an upcoming workshop. TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), along with the St. Lawrence County Arts Council and the Tug Hill Commission, are holding meetings to speak to people in the Black River Valley/Tug Hill region to find out what kind of project local people would be interested in seeing TAUNY undertake, and to determine who other partners might be. The meeting is scheduled for May 8th from 2 to 4 pm at the Lewis County Historical Society.

10:30 – 11:30 am - Kent Stuetz, New York State Archives Regional Advisory Officer, Region 5, will give a program entitled “Using Local Government Records for Community and Family History Research”. This presentation will explore the various kinds of local government records that are useful in providing documentation for community and family history research, a common request of local historians. The role of municipal historians and clerks, relative to these resources, will also be explored.

11:30 – 12:30 pm – Amanda Baker, Associate Product Manager of Gaylord Archival & Museum Products, will give a presentation entitled “Understanding Archival Products with Gaylord Bros.” She will focus on archival products commonly used by historians and local governments. The presentation will cover the basics of collections care for paper, photographs, textiles and books. Printed guides on collections care will be available along with samples.

12:30 – 1pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm – Steven Engelhart, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, will give a lecture on “Historic Preservation: What’s It All About?” This program is a general introduction to understanding the importance of preserving our nation’s built environment. Using illustrations from all over the eastern seaboard and from the Adirondack region, it begins by exploring the many reasons that individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and government are increasingly involved in promoting historic preservation.

Please call Jerry Perrin at 376-8957 or e-mail him at lewiscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com if you would like to attend all or part of the meeting. There is no charge for the luncheon but we need to know the number to plan for. 


Sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors of the

2014 Black River Valley Concert Series!

 Morgan Lewis Level ($1,000+)

Good Morning Realty
The Pratt-Northam Foundation

Gen. Walter Martin Level ($500 - $999)
Sid & Lida Perfetto
Lewis County Arts Council
Glenn and Denise Miller
Franklin B. Hough Level ($250-$499)

Benefactor Level ($125 - $249)

    Lowville Farmer's Co-Op

RBC Wealth Management

M.R.Gaebel, Inc. Your Tax and Accounting Professionals

Hammecker Pharmacies, Inc. 

Logan's Silo Sales and Service

Flat Rock Windpower, LLC

North Country Estates, Inc.

Community Bank, NA

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Sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors of the

2014 Black River Valley Concert Series!

 Special thanks to Ridgeview Motor Lodge for housing our artists,  Jeb's for feeding them and Kinney's for their supply of bottle water !

Concert series made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts - Decentralization Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. 

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