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Peter FitzRandolph

Associate Professor of Economics Peter FitzRandolph will give a talk on the "great land speculators" of the 18th and 19th centuries as part of the Brown Bag Lunch program of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. The talk will be on Thursday, February 18, at noon at the Silas Wright House, 3 Main Street, Canton.

FitzRandolph, who is also a St. Lawrence County legislator, will speak on "Macomb's Great Purchase," from the perspective of the people involved, and he will cover what happened to them and where they ended up. "Macomb's Great Purchase" refers to Alexander Macomb, a fur trader from Detroit, who at land auctions in the 1787 and 1791 purchased roughly 12 percent of New York State's land mass, which encompases most of present-day St. Lawrence, Franklin and Jefferson Counties; all of Lewis County; and part of Oswego County.

The public is welcome to this free program; those attending may bring their lunch. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be provided.

Posted: February 12, 2010

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