Civic Center, 2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 265-6910

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Friday, Jun. 17th, 2016

'Milestones in the history of SUNY Potsdam' will be presented by Jane Subramanian, at the Potsdam Museum at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Potsdam Museum, Sunday June 26th at 2 PM. The Friends of the Museum will be selling copies of the book, Co-authored by Mrs Subramanian titled: 'State University of New York at Potsdam', part of The Campus History Series of Arcadia Publishing. Strawberry Shortcake will be served after the presentation. The event is free and the public is encouraged... MORE

 Untitled Document


 April  through September 2016
Curated by Dr. Laura Desmond and Potsdam Historian Mimi Van Deusen

 "Flesh & Ink: Tattoo Histories" explores the cultural, artistic, and personal significance of tattoos, past and present. The multimedia exhibit will include historical and contemporary examples of tattoo flash art and equipment, videos documenting the tattoo process, a photo-documentary project about tattoos and identity, and the work of local tattoo artists.

The Potsdam Public Museum is asking residents of Potsdam to submit photos of their tattoos to be included in the show. We would also be happy to include people from outside the area who got their tattoos in Potsdam.

Click HERE to fill out and submit a brief questionnaire about your tattoo and for directions for submitting a photo of your tattoo. Call the Museum at 315-265-6910 for more information or to have a questionnaire mailed to you.

The images at the left are taken from a collection of tattoo flash art and equipment from the 1920s and 30s donated to the Museum in 1985. The works, by Schofield, will be included in the exhibition.


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RESEARCHERS: If you are traveling a distance to do research-please call ahead to be sure we will be open, we are experiencing a staffing shortage. ALSO, please call to ask what we have in a family folder, sometimes it is one obituary from a newspaper, other folders may have personal letters, etc... thank you!