September 28, 2021

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Former Canton City Hall and Opera Theatre commemorated with historical marker | Area Historical past

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CANTON — A signature blue-and-yellow historic marker from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation has been staked for the initial time in Canton.

Town and village officials gathered Wednesday early morning to commemorate the history of what is now the municipal making, 60 Primary St. Past 12 months, Canton Historian Linda A. Casserly began the software approach to mark the web site of the previous City Corridor and Opera Theatre, which was constructed involving 1878 and 1879 and housed a bell tower, a 2nd-flooring opera house and overall performance location, govt places of work, a information stand and community spaces.

The Opera Theatre hosted touring and local troupes, and the unique picket seating chart even now hangs upstairs in the municipal creating. A surviving playbill from Sept. 16, 1912, lists Victorien Sardou’s three-act comedy “Divorcons” as the primary party, with vaudeville executed among functions. Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” was slated for the adhering to night time.

The civic hub was wrecked by hearth in February 1962, and the recent municipal constructing was finished by 1964.

“This keeps historical past alive,” Ms. Casserly claimed of the marker.

A few dozen historical markers erected by many companies and organizations dot the city and village of Canton, in accordance to the on-line Historical Marker Databases, which tracks markers of all sorts in the United States and around the environment.

A few Canton places have been additional to the National Sign-up of Historic Locations community mill and industrial web pages are marked and noteworthy folks are commemorated. But the City Hall and Opera Theatre marker is Canton’s 1st to be funded by the Pomeroy Basis, which manages eight diverse marker programs, including the New York Point out Historic Marker Grant Software.

The New York program opinions applications for commemorating folks, areas and gatherings pertinent in between 1740 and 1921. Since its 2006 founding, the Pomeroy Basis has funded extra than 1,300 markers throughout the region. As a result of its New York program, additional than 700 markers have been recognized in 58 of the state’s 62 counties.

Basis funding is offered to local, state and federal entities, nonprofit corporations and nonprofit educational institutions. Ms. Casserly used for the Town Hall and Opera Theatre on behalf of the city. Applicants can submit up to five proposed markers every yearly grant spherical.

The software course of action will involve substantial primary resource documentation so historical details can be verified, and documentation accompanies an preliminary letter of intent just before a comprehensive grant application is delivered. If awarded, the expenses of the aluminum marker, 7-foot aluminum pole and transport are fully coated.

In December, the town been given a Foundation check for $1,140, to be compensated to Sewah Studios, the Ohio-based producer of historic markers.

Ms. Casserly is now operating on an application for the DeGrasse River Paper Corporation in Pyrites, at the southern city line. The paper mill was active from 1904 until eventually 1930.

In St. Lawrence County, the Pomeroy Foundation has funded a overall of 30 markers — for burials, legends and lore, the Nationwide Register and the New York software. Web pages are concentrated in Potsdam, Ogdensburg and Morristown, with a handful in the DeKalb and Hermon places. Jefferson and Lewis counties have been awarded Basis resources for 31 and 25 markers, respectively.

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