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Potsdam Public Museum unveils History at Noon series


POTSDAM - The Potsdam Public Museum is pleased to announce a new quarterly lecture series, “History at Noon.”

The format of the new series is that each presentation will begin shortly after noon and end shortly before 1 p.m..Participants are encouraged to bring their own sandwich lunches, and refreshments will be provided by the museum.

The first program in this series will be a PowerPoint program, “A Postcard Journey Around St. Lawrence County.”It will be presented by Fred Rollins of the museum staff and will be held Sept. 25 at the Potsdam Public Museum.Please plan to arrive by noon to assure that you will see the entire program.

Picture Postcards of the type that will be viewed in this presentation have been around since the 1890’s and continue to be produced to this day.From 1905 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914, there was a period known as the “Postcard Craze” era.During this time, everyone sent postcards whenever they went traveling, even just for short distances, and St. Lawrence County was certainly no exception.

Mr. Rollins has been collecting St. Lawrence County cards since 1973, and has amassed a collection of close to 10,000 all-different postcards of the county.While many of the cards are from the larger communities such as Potsdam and Massena, perhaps the most fascinating postcards come from much smaller communities such as Kalurah and Brasie Corners.

Participants will come away with a good basic understanding of the postcards of St. Lawrence County, and they are also invited to bring in their own postcards for identification by the speaker.Mr. Rollins is a native of Potsdam and is also the director of the Western New York Postcard Club.

The Potsdam Public Museum is open to the public with a suggested donation at the door. Located in the Potsdam Civic Center at 2 Park St., the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, go to or call the museum at 265-6910.

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