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July 13, 2011

Plenty to do in Clinton County

I was so busy in June that I can't believe it's July already. I decided that this year I am going to do a few fun things, locally, instead of waiting until I travel to another state to relax.

Last month I took advantage of Clinton County Museum Day. I started out with good intentions of seeing as many museums as I could; however, I hate to say it, I only got to one, the new home of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Keeseville.

While there, I told Clinton County Historian Anastasia Pratt about a photo of Anna Nash that my mother found and wanted to pass on to Clinton County. Anna had lived in the Dannemora area. In the middle of our conversation, I looked up, and a woman was standing beside us, listening most intently. She said, "Did you say Anna Nash?" I told her I had. She said, "I live in Anna Nash's house in Saranac, and I have been looking for more information on her and her family. Descendants of Anna's stopped at our house inquiring if we had found anything that would give them information or any photos."

I was shocked. What are the chances that on this day, at that moment, somebody would be looking for the very person I am talking about? What a pleasure it is to be part of filling in the blanks in somebody's search, whether family or otherwise.

Heartwarming finds

I left there with my next museum in mind: the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru. On the way, I passed by a couple of garage sales, trying to keep my mind on my mission. When I got closer to Peru, however, I could not avoid one sale that had a bunch of older furniture outside.

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