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Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014

Emilie Vallete Clarkson was born in Potsdam in 1863. She married local businessman William Moore in 1901, breaking with family tradition of marrying for wealth or title.

 Her mother was the older sister of Thomas S. Clarkson for whom Clarkson University was named. Emily went to NYC to study art and discovered photography. In 1890 she graduated from the Chautaugua School of Photography and joined the Society of Amateur Photographers of New York.

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A new exhibit featuring historical postcards of Clarkson College/Clarkson University will open at the Potsdam Public Museum on Saturday, September 6th.  Clarkson was founded as the "Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology” in 1896.  Two months after a highly successful Potsdam businessman, Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson III, was crushed to death while trying to save one of his workers in his sandstone quarry on August 17, 1894, his family began planning a memorial to him: a school.  Choosing as their rationale a phrase which his sisters and nieces felt aptly described their brother — Thomas’ favorite Biblical quotation, “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed” — the family opened the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology in September 1896, in The Main Building (“Old Main”) which they commissioned to be built on Main Street.

This exhibit will be on display for three months and will be followed by one featuring the Potsdam Normal School/SUNY Potsdam, opening in early December, 2014.  Two of the postcards that will be shown in the new exhibit are shown below and one is shown above:


NOTE: "Mouse-over" the postcard image to view details, and click to view a larger frame of the image.