BEEKMANTOWN — A first-time history conference hosted by Clinton County organizations will give both historians and the public an opportunity to learn how to help preserve the past.

Set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Beekmantown Town Hall, 571 Spellman Road, it is co-sponsored by the Clinton County Historian's Office, Clinton County Historical Association, Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance and the Town of Beekmantown.

Opening the Clinton County History Conference will be New York State Historian Devin Lander, a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate who will give remarks at 9:30 am.

Lander takes an active role in supporting the work of town and village historians across the state.

"The conference ... will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with others who are interested in local history and ways to preserve it," a press release said.

The conference will address how to:

• Preserve your town’s valuable historic buildings.

• Erect markers at important sites.

• Encourage tourism using our history.

• Safely preserve grave stones.

• Track down your long lost relatives.

Speakers include representatives from the Adirondack Architectural Heritage Association, the Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society, the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the North Country Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, SUNY Plattsburgh Special Collections and Lakes to Locks, plus the Clinton County Historian Anastasia Pratt and Town of Beekmantown Historian Gary VanCour.

To register, contact Geri Favreau at or 518-569-8984 by Friday, June 7.

The registration fee of $15 includes coffee, breakfast pastries, lunch and handouts.

The Town Hall is handicap accessible and has ample parking.

Visit for updates on the conference.


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