Ring in the Holidays at the Annual Silas Wright House Open House

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By Craig Thornton

Festive floral arrangements, fabulous refreshments and fanciful holiday music will fill the air.  The SLCHA’s free Annual Holiday Open House will be held on Friday, December 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.  Among the musical treats of the Holiday Open House is the Noteworthy Handbell Choir, who will perform at 7:00 p.m.

 at Silas Wright House  3 E. Main St., Canton-

The Holiday Open House will include live seasonal music beginning at 4:00 p.m. with the Canton Central School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kimberly Busch.  At 5 p.m. the North Winds Woodwind Quintet will perform.  At 6:15 p.m. the names from the Civil War memory tree will be read.  And at 7:00 p.m. the always popular Noteworthy Handbell Choir will jingle their bells to get you in the spirit of the season.

The Canton Garden Club will again decorate the Silas Wright House with beautiful floral arrangements for the holidays, as they have for 38 years; as well as decorating the Victorian Christmas trees for the SLCHA. 

In honor of all of the nearly 7,000 men from St. Lawrence County who served in the Civil War the SLCHA is decorating a Civil War memory tree.  For just $5, you can make sure that your ancestor or Civil War hero is included in this tribute.  The SLCHA will make a memory tag for the Civil War veteran of your choice to hang on the tree.  The tag will contain information about the veteran as well as his picture, if available.  The names of all the veterans on the tree will be read and remembered at the Holiday Open House at 6:15 p.m.  And after the holidays, you will receive your veteran’s tag as a keepsake.  Application forms for the memory tree are available at the SLCHA, 3 East Main St., Canton or by email at info@slcha.org.  This Civil War memory tree is part of the SLCHA’s Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861.

The SLCHA Gift Shop carries holiday fare that will make visions of sugar plums dance in your head, such as marbles, old time games, and the children’s books Victorian Christmas and A Visual Dictionary of Christmas Long Ago. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on these and most other items in the gift shop.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.  The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton.  Parking is available in back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance. 

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history.  For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail info@slcha.org.  The SLCHA’s exhibits and programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

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