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Pin Point Potsdam 1865

Pin Point Potsdam is a project centered around a hand-drawn map of Potsdam from 1865. It's remarkable because the layout is almost identical to what you see today on Google Maps. We are asking the community to contribute by putting the pieces of this historic puzzle together and enjoy the pieces that others have already submitted. Census records, ancestry records, burial records and more can be found online. Go to the "Getting Started" link on the top right of the page. Records of deeds and taxes are available at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse. 

The museum's archives hold many family files, photographs, early histories of Potsdam, and much much more. The museum is currently closed. Please email us with questions at  museum@vi.potsdam.ny.us.

Choose a place -> Research your topic -> Site your sources -> Submit!

***CLICK THE LINK for the Introduction Video*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpRk2UIr1iw

Join the fun and thank you! 

Tin Type of Captain Thomas Hickey

Captain Thomas Hickey

Thomas Hickey was born in Vanleek Hill, Canada in 1839. An only son of Irish parents, he came to Potsdam early in his life and made his home here. The "…

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Frederick T. Swan 1872-1957

Frederick T. Swan

Frederick T. Swan, was the son of George B. Swan. He was the editor of the Courier and Freeman newspaper.

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George B. Swan

George B. Swan

301 Swan Street, Potsdam, NY

Distinction Despite Disadvantage: The Story of George B. Swan    George Brown Swan was a prominent man in Potsdam in 1865. He was a charter…

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Henry Knowles

Henry Knowles

48 Elm Street

Henry Knowles was admitted to the bar in 1839, after which he joined his father’s law office. In 1841, he married Jane Brush and they had six children.…

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Presbyterian Church, on Park Street across from what is now the Civic Center. It was constructed of wood and painted white - refered to as the "The White Church"

Presbyterian Church

3 Park Street, Potsdam, NY

From Marguerite Gurley Chapman's book; "Early History of Potsdam". In 1820 the Presbyterians decided to build a white wooden church on the Gospel Lot at a…

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Thomas S. Clarkson

Thomas S. Clarkson

(1837-1894) Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson was born on November 30, 1837 in New York City. He was the fifth child of Elizabeth (Clarkson) and Thomas…

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1976 Image of Woodstock Lodge

Woodstock Lodge

8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam, NY

Address: Clarkson Hill Campus Commissioned By: Augustus Clarkson Constructed: 1827 Masonry Style: Slab and binder Architecture Style:…

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