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North Country Identity

Looking for the North Country: Latter-Day Homesteaders

From 1970 to 1980 the population of St. Lawrence County grew by more than 2,000 people. It's hard to say by just reading the Census Bureau figures how many of those were latter-day homesteaders. But in one neighborhood in Rossie, in the southern part of the county, plenty were. Two hundred new people moved to Rossie during the '70s. Many were part of a tight-knit community that included John and Liz Scarlett. Jody Tosti visits this one couple who came back to the land, and stayed.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Who is the North Country? Call-in #2

Tonight we continue our series of five radio conversations about the place, the people, the history and the local culture we call North Country. Tonight we explore the question: Who is the North Country? In the studio are series host NCPR news director Martha Foley, TAUNY executive director Varick Chittenden, who first proposed we ask our questions about regional identity and sense of place. Susan Ouilette, a historian, native of the Champlain Valley and a teacher at St. Michael's College in Vermont, Laurie Rush, cultural anthropologist based along the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, and Amy Godine, a journalist and freelance writer who has written extensively about the ethnic history of the Adirondack-North Country.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: That's Where I Live

Our North Country Identity series prompted response from many listeners, including these thoughts from John Greene, a retired biology professor and naturalist for the Nature Conservancy who lives in Canton.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: You'll Know It When You Leave It

Canton mayor Bob Wells observes that while much about the North Country has changed, much remains as it always has been.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: A Place Apart

Some people say isolation is the North Country's greatest curse. Others say it's our greatest blessing. But what is it, really? Neal Burdick, Associate Director of...  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Where is the North Country? Call-in #1

The first in a series of five radio call-in conversations about the place, the people, the history and the local culture we call North Country. The programs are produced in...  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Some nutshell views

NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, spent October 2000 exploring the place, the people and the culture we call the North Country. The idea was to use the...  Go to full article

Sweetgrass Baskets

Martha Foley followed the scent of sweetgrass to find a group of Mohawk women making baskets at the 1987 North Country Folklife Festival in Massena.  Go to full article

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