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  • August 17: Kessel Park Inn

    Wednesday, August 17

    Speakers Zoanne and Rich Schnell will discuss longtime Keeseville resident, movie pioneer, and Keystone Comedies founder, Adam Kessel.
    Keeseville Fire Department, 8 Pleasant Street, Keeseville, New York.
    Sponsored by the Anderson Falls Heritage Society. See flyer for information.

    Time: 7:00pm

  • August 21: Treasures in a Trunk

    Sunday, August 21

    The Babbie Museum will host Treasures in a Trunk. Enjoy our museum exhibits and demonstrations. Visit the animals, ride the stagecoach and Thomas the Train. Look for treasures in our Treasures in a Trunk event.
    Bidding for the Annual History Matters Online Silent Auction starts 8/18/2022 at 8am and concludes 8/21/2022 at 4pm. Items can be viewed online prior to start of bidding and will be on display at the Babbie Museum, 250 River Road, Peru, NY.
    To bid, credit card info will need to be entered in a 100% secure online platform.
    Visit the Auction site or the Babbie Museum website for more information.

    Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

  • August 22: Treasures in a Trunk

    Monday, August 22

    The Babbie Museum will host Treasures in a Trunk. Enjoy our museum exhibits and demonstrations. Visit the animals, ride the stagecoach and Thomas the Train. Look for treasures in our Treasures in a Trunk event.
    Bidding for the Annual History Matters Online Silent Auction starts 8/18/2022 at 8am and concludes 8/21/2022 at 4pm. Items can be viewed online prior to start of bidding and will be on display at the Babbie Museum, 250 River Road, Peru, NY.
    To bid, credit card info will need to be entered in a 100% secure online platform.
    Visit the Auction site or the Babbie Museum website for more information.

    Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

  • September 1: Heritage of the Keeseville Town Clock and Bell

    Thursday, September 1

    When the c. 1851 Presbyterian Church (later Congregational and now Masonic Lodge) was constructed, a large bell was purchased from Andrew Meneely and Son of West Troy, New York. A clock from the firm of Austin Van Riper of Cazenovia, New York, was installed in the new church in 1852. This program will review the history of both the Meneely bell and the Van Riper town clock companies and the Keeseville clock and bell.
    Masonic Lodge #149, 1746 Main Street, Keeseville, NY.
    Presented by Anderson Falls Heritage Society and Au Sable River Lodge #149 F. & A.M.
    See flyer for more information.

    Time: 7:00pm

  • September 10: 18thc. Military Topographical Drawing Workshops

    Saturday, September 10

    James Lancel McElhinney, author of the Sketchbook Traveler book series, will teach the concepts and techniques behind topographical watercolor landscape painting that were practice by Thomas Davies, Thomas Pownall, and other British military officers who documented the terrain of Crown colonies along the Atlantic seaboard.
    Crown Point State Historic Site, 21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, NY
    No prior training required. Adults 18 years + are welcome. Some materials will be provided.
    Register at Needlewatcher Marketplace.
    Visit the Crown Point State Historic Site website for more information.

    Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

  • September 21: Seven Facts About the War of 1812 That Will Amaze You!

    Wednesday, September 21

    Speaker Mark Barie will discuss his latest novel, The Commodore and the Powder Monkey, about a young girl, disguised as a boy, on Commodore McDonough's flag ship during the War of 1812. As a result of writing this book, Mark has assembled this presentation.
    Keeseville Fire Department, 8 Pleasant Street, Keeseville, New York.
    Sponsored by the Anderson Falls Heritage Society. See flyer for information.

    Time: 7:00pm

  • October 8: 18thc. Military Topographical Drawing Workshops

    Saturday, October 8

    James Lancel McElhinney, author of the Sketchbook Traveler book series, will teach the concepts and techniques behind topographical watercolor landscape painting that were practice by Thomas Davies, Thomas Pownall, and other British military officers who documented the terrain of Crown colonies along the Atlantic seaboard.
    Crown Point State Historic Site, 21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, NY
    No prior training required. Adults 18 years + are welcome. Some materials will be provided.
    Register at Needlewatcher Marketplace.
    Visit the Crown Point State Historic Site website for more information.

    Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Our Mission

To research, preserve, interpret, and promote the Underground Railroad history of Northeastern New York's Waterways to Freedom and to celebrate the importance of that history and its relevance and significance to our own time. Our activities include:

  • Research
  • Exhibits
  • Preservation of historic sites
  • Instructional Materials
  • Media Presentations
  • Dramatic readings and displays

Museum Open

The North Star Underground Railroad Museum is now open.
Visit the Museum page for days and hours.

Docents Needed

Join the fun and become a docent at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum.

Call Jackie Madison, 518-834-5180.