A Treasure Chest of Toys at SLCHA 2nd Saturday


Canton- Open Grandma Moody’s trunk and find a Treasure Chest of Toys to play with at 11 AM on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Second Saturday Children’s Program at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House.  The SLCHA is located at 3 E. Main St. in Canton.  This is another in the SLCHA’s series of fun and free monthly educational programs for kids ages 4-10.


See what children in colonial times played with, when Fort La Presentation Association president, Barb O’Keefe, along with some Fort volunteers, shows you how to make your own colonial period toys, such as a button buzz saw. The kids will learn what children in colonial times may have played with, make a button buzz saw and have the opportunity to play with the other toys.


The 2014 Second Saturday Children’s Programs feature the Treasures from the Attic series, which begins each session with a mysterious old trunk that belonged to “Grandma Moody” (Clarissa Wright’s ancestor) and had been forgotten in the Silas Wright House attic. Each time the trunk is opened the magic begins, as a new object or objects is “discovered” in the trunk.


The Treasures from the Attic series is generously sponsored by the Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation.  This series is a collaborative effort between the SLCHA and the Fort La Presentation Association.  Parents, grandparents, other caregivers and their kids are welcome to attend this free program. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance.


The SLCHA Gift Shop has books like The American Boys Handy Book, The American Girls Handy Book, and The Field and Forest Handy Book, as well as old timey games, such as jacks, marbles, and wooden tops.  Visit the Gift Shop and find fun things to do without a Wi-Fi connection!  SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop.


The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 PM, Friday noon to 8 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 in the back of 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 info@slcha.org.  Second Saturday programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

For more on 2014 Living History Day click here!

Lesson Plans and Support Materials

Fort Web Worksheet:

The Task:  The Fort la Presentation Company needs your help!  Your company has been hired to design a museum exhibit for middle school students. 

Teacher Page for Web Worksheet

Glogster Presentation

Glog Rubric

The French and Indian War - Tic-Tac-Toe Project

Fort de la Présentation Education Project

This project is interdisciplinary, incorporating Social Studies, English, music, art, home and careers, technology, math and science. 

All materials designed/created by Julie Madlin, grade 7 & 8 Social Studies teacher, Heuvelton Central School, Heuvelton, NY.