Thursday, April 26, 2018

Canoes: Rushton Artifacts Featured In Canton

boat in the Rushton factoryA “White Glove” event featuring items from the Rushton Collection has been set for May 5th, the first day of Canton Canoe Weekend and Rushton Memorial Races, at the Silas Wright House in Canton.

Attendees will be able to don white cotton gloves and carefully handle Rushton-related objects and archival items under the watchful eyes of a curator.

Admission to the event is priced at $5. Entry may require a short wait, as the number of people allowed into the viewing area at any time will be limited. While waiting, participants may be interested in looking around the museum.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s North Country Annex also houses an exhibition, J. Henry Rushton: the Stradivarius of the Canoe, which features several antique Rushton boats, oars, models, and historic photographs of the Rushton workshop, canoeing camps, and boats. In the main stairwell, visitors can find reproductions of photographs of American Canoe Association meets in the Thousand Islands, from the past exhibition, Paddling to Perfection.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is normally open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. 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 behind 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 Visit the SLCHA’s website for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

Photo: Boat in the Rushton factory, courtesy of the SLCHA.

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