SUNY Potsdam Local Kids Help Bring Heritage to Light

02.25.10

SUNY Potsdam and the Raquette River Corridor Blueway (RRCB) are helping to get local children involved in their community’s history.  Katherine Brown’s 6th grade English class at Colton-Pierrepont Central School will be undertaking a project in which they gather oral histories from local community members.

The project will be focusing on life and history along the Raquette River and the changes in the communities along its banks over generations.  Twelve SUNY Department of Anthropology seniors under the direction of Dr. Alan Hersker and Department Chair Karen Johnson-Weiner will be designing and facilitating the project. The students’ involvement in the project is being done as a part of the departments “Senior Seminar” course requirement with help from both Blueway project leaders and area residents. Plans call for Colton-Pierrepont students’ work to culminate in a public exhibit showcasing
community heritage.

The Raquette River Corridor Blueway is a New York State designated small boat and paddling route that combines recreation and environmental awareness and allows users to travel to designated stops along the way for rest and overnight stays.  The Blueway organization sees promoting the Raquette River, its resources and its connections to local riverside communities as one of its major goals. Future plans hope to involve other schools, local heritage organizations and Raquette River communities in similar projects.

For information contact Alan Hersker, Department of Anthropology, herskeal@potsdam.edu.