Collection Facts

16 items
Dates of Original: 
1935 - 1980
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

The Clarkson-Normal Ice Carnival began to be held annually in Potsdam, New York in 1931. The carnival usually included a wide variety of figure skating, skiing, and other events. This yearly festival played a large part in the civic and college culture of Potsdam – so much so that, according to the programs, it was considered on par with Olympic festivals held in nearby Lake Placid.

Scope of Collection

The programs in the collections include the names and photographs of performers and troupes, the names and photographs of the fair’s King and Queen, as well as rosters of the various comities which ran the carnival. Also contained are a large number of advertisements for local businesses, as well as Greek organizations at the local colleges.