basic information: location, hours, access, membership
- Visit Us: Hours and location
- Museum Board: Members of the Board of Trustees serving the museum
- Museum Staff: Museum Staff Members
Archives and Library
Potsdam Public Museum Archives
- Our Lending Library:
- Archives Outline: Outline of Archives
- List of Family Surnames: describes the resources available at the museum to research your family history.
- S-Z: Family Surnames (page 2)
- Cemetery Records: List of local cemeteries with links to sites that contain detailed information and photographs of gravestones when available.
- Bayside Cemetery: Interment records, map, photographs when avaialable of Bayside Cemetery.
History of Potsdam
Documents & Museum Publications
- Early History of Potsdam:
Written by Marguerite Gurley Chapman in 1956, Early History of Potsdam, is an historical sketch of Potsdam.
- Forward: Forward to the Reader
- Indian Stories:
- Thatcher Milk Bottle:
- Azel Lyman:
- Sandstone Quarries:
- Museum, Library and Civic Center:
- Prominent Homes:
- The First Clarksons:
- Bridges, Churches and Schools:
- First Settlers:
- Land Purchases:
- The Civil War:
Gallantry in the Field
Potsdam and the Civil War
- Gallantry in the Field: Potsdam and the Civil War
- Potsdam and the Civil War:
- 92nd Has Proud Record:
- 60th Regiment / Gen Merritt:
- 106th Regiment / Capt Priest:
- 164th Regiment / Capt Hickey:
- 11th New York Cavalry:
- 142nd 193rd Regiments:
- Ladies Aid Society:
- Potsdam Jubilant:
- Licoln Assassination:
- Regiment Gets Set to Go:
- The 92nd Regiment:
- Lincoln Arranged Wedding:
- 16th Regiment NYV: a.k.a. "The Straw Hat Men of History"
- Straw Hat Regiment Losses Heavy:
- Col. Marsh Mortally Wounded:
- Funeral of Colonel Marsh:
- Outstanding Officers:
- Staw Hat Men Return:
- Reunion of the 16th in 1886:
- Memorial Day Established by GAR:
- Marsh Wowen's Relief Corps:
- Post-War Potsdam:
- The Irvingite Chapel: The Catholic Apostolic Church in Potsdam
- Historic Potsdam:
- Potsdam Sandstone:
- Lyman Exodus: Potsdam to Illinois, Made History on 2 Frontiers in 1833 by Marguerite Gurley-Chapman
- Hannawa Falls Railroad: Gone but not forgotten 1975 Quarterly
Interactive map showing the sandstone industry, buildings, sidewalks, foundations, bridges, dams and architectural structures. Includes a timeline.
The Origin of Potsdam Sandstone includes geological information by James Carl, professor emeritus at SUNY Potsdam. The Sandstone Time Line Illustrated includes images from the archives and dates of construction and types of construction. The Heritage Map will identify the locations of existing buildings, lost buildings, bridges, dams, and other uses. It will also show sandstone sidewalks, foundations and quarry locations to the best of our knowledge. There are also images from the Potsdam Sandstone festival 2009,'10 and '12.
- Sandstone Festival 2014: Images from events Sept 18-21, 2014
- Sandstone Festival 2012:
- Sandstone Festival 2010: Images from 2010 Sandstone Festival
- Sandstone Festival 2009: Images from the 2009 Sandstone Festival
- The Origin of Potsdam Sandstone: Brochure written by Dr. James Carl, Geologist Emeritus, on the history of the sandstone formation.
- Sandstone Building Styles: Changes in style of local Sandstone buildings, 1868 to 1934
- References: References
- 1st Quarry and Trinity Chrurch: Sandstone Quarries and the Federalist-Gothic style of Trinity Church in 1835
- Rock Structures and Fossils: Rock Structures and Fossils
- Composition and Qualities: Geological Composition, qualities and formations
- Bedrock Geology: Bedrock Geology of the St. Lawrence Valley
- Introduction: Origin of Potsdam Sandstone by James Carl
- Sandstone Time Line Illustrated: Historic images of Potsdam Sandstone buildings.
- Sandstone Interactive Map: An interactive map featuring images from the museum archives, Google Maps and historical facts about the sandstone industry, location of quarries, houses, businesses, sidewalks, foundations, bridges, dams and lost structures.
View Current Exhibitions, Recent Exhibitions and Exhibition Schedule.
- Ruth Haley Postcards:
- Spinning-Weaving Exhibit: A new spin on Weaving
- Merritt Memorial Window: The Story of the Merritt Memorial Window
- Nostalgia-The 1960s: Images and Artifacts from the 1960's July - October, 1012
- Victorian Christmas: Victorian Style
- Victorian Wedding: Exhibition Spring 2013
- Potsdam People: The men and women of Potsdam who's contributions weave our strong fabric.
- William Beebe Paintings : William Beebe Paintings February 2011
- ICE COLD POTSDAM: ICE COLD POTSDAM: A History of Ice Cutting, Ice Carnivals, Ice Storms and Ice Hockey
- Medical: Medical Miracles, Mysteries and Maladies.
- Past and Present Images: Collaboration between Potsdam High School Advance Photography class and the museum to rephotograph downtown Potsdam from photo archives. Enjoy! It's fun to look at.
A History of Trains and Railroads in Northern New York
INTO THE MODERN AGE: 100 YEARS OF THE AUTOMOBILE IN POTSDAM
- St. Nicholas: St. Nicholas - The Legend
- Morbid Curiosity: A three week extravaganza of the extraordinary and eclectic from the museum
- Ancient Musical Instruments:
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF ANCIENT TIMES: The Charles Lanphere Collection
- Flag Collection: An exhibition of flags, banners and pennants form the collection of the Potsdam Public Museum.
Maps from the museum collections. Great for research and time-lines. Provided in PDF format for multiple browser compatibility and enhancement.
Our museum is an educational institution that strives to make our collections accessible to the public to make history come alive! We offer tours to area schools and interested groups for our holiday exhibit each December. In the spring we offer a Spinning and Weaving Program, and in the fall, the Potsdam Sandstone Festival. There are teacher kits available to sign out that are made up of artifacts that can be used in the classroom.
- Teacher Kits: The museum has circulated teacher kits to area schools for over thirty years. We are currently working to update, inventory, and digitize the kits. If you are a retired teacher, love technology and would like to volunteer - we need your help. Give us a ca
- WWI Teacher Kit: Description of the teacher kit and contents.
- Spinning-Weaving: Annual Spinning and Weaving program to area 4th graders.
- School Tours December 2012: Group photographs of the event and children.
A collection of publications, photographs, enlistments, muster out records, diaries, artifacts and related information about the people of Potsdam who served in the civil war and reference material donated or purchased.
- Capt Hickey Letters:
Transcription of letters written by Captain Thomas Hickey 1864
Mickey Champagne 2011
- Hickey Biography: by Mickey Champagne (May 2009)
Friends of The Museum
Describes the Friends of the Potsdam Museum organization, membership information, address and contact information, board members
- Purchases to support the Friends: list of items offered for sale by the friends
Links to cemetery records, genealogy resources, arts organizations and other useful websites!
- Museums/Historical Societies: contact information of local museums and historical societies/associations.
- Arts Organizations: List of local arts organizations and contact information.
- Cemetery Records: Local Cemetery Records and contact information.