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


This brief history of Potsdam was written by me and given before the St. Lawrence County Historical Association which met in the Civic Center, Potsdam on April 14, 1951.  It was accompanied by pictures shown on the screen, so wherever the word (picture) occurs, the reader may find a picture in the picture album of Early Potsdam in the museum.

I have felt it unnecessary to include in this brochure many of the papers concerning early Potsdam but they may be read at the Museum by anyone interested.

The story of Potsdam sandstone was first given by me at an AAUW meeting, February 28, 1953, later over WSLB radio sponsored by St. Lawrence Historical Association and at a D.A.R. meeting.

This brochure is in no way a complete story of early Potsdam but I hope that it will help to interest both young and old in our heritage. 

Marguerite Gurley Chapman
President, Potsdam Public Museum
November, 1955
First Printing 1956
Revised 1969 by Marguerite G. Chapman and Dee Little