The Alice T. Miner Museum and the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute have announced a Centennial Summer Fair to be held on Saturday, July 14 at Miner Institute in Chazy, from 1 to 4 pm. This event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and will also serve as a fundraiser for the United Way of the Adirondack Region.
The Fair will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the significance of World War I and to enjoy period-themed entertainment and refreshments.
The role of Clinton County citizens in World War I, both abroad and on the home front, will be explored through exhibits of artifacts from the Alice T. Miner Museum, the Clinton County Historical Association, and the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum. Anyone who has a relevant artifact they would like to have included in the display is encouraged to contact Ellen Adams at email@example.com.
Attendees can learn about the role of horses in wartime with an equine demonstration featuring the Miner Morgans, and view a demonstration of some popular social dances of the 1910s by members of Dance Plattsburgh. Test strength and skills with classic games such as tug of war, sack races, and hoop rolling. Country Dreams Farm will be offering horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the day, and maple creamies will be provided by Parker Family Maple Farm.
Visitors are encouraged to attend the Fair in period attire, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
The Centennial Summer Fair draws its inspiration from a community event hosted by William and Alice Miner in May of 1918 to celebrate the successful completion of a Red Cross fundraising drive. A week of programs to collect funds to support soldiers and their families culminated in an afternoon tea at Heart’s Delight Cottage, followed by a dance at Harmony Hall. Chazy residents raised $1394.59 during War Fund Week in 1918.
The Miner Institute is located at 586 Ridge Road, Chazy, NY.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.