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Potsdam Stories

Oral History Project
Oral History Stories

The oral history project has been underway for the past three years facilitated by SUNY Potsdam's Campus Communications Office in collaboration with alumni and friends of the College who have contributed their stories... Learn more.

Village of Potsdam



The Ten Towns - New Settlers Arrive

In need of new places to settle and farm, the New York Legislature posted lands that included Potsdam for sale in 1786, two years before the colony became a state by ratifying the newly-written U.S. Constitution... read more

Native Heritage

The wave of settlers who traveled sight unseen to tiny Potsdam, N.Y., more than 200 years ago were not the first people to inhabit this place—not by a long shot... read more.

Petitioning for an Academy

In 1811, Benjamin Raymond paid for the construction of a small one-room building, which would serve as a church, schoolhouse and meetinghouse. Later on, it would also be home to the first years of the Academy... read more.

Charter Day

On March 25, 1816, an otherwise unremarkable Monday, the charter founding St. Lawrence Academy was signed by the Board of Regents in Albany, and work could commence... read more

Pioneering Programs

As one of America's first 50 colleges, St. Lawrence Academy was at the vanguard of a new movement in education—as the curriculum quickly shifted to meet the needs of new generations and a growing country... read more.

Julia Ettie Crane and her Dream

The Crane School of Music began with a rejected job offer—and an idea ahead of its time... read more.