Clinton County through the Eyes of its Children

Colorful tile mosaic with history telling tiles and the side of the brick county building

“Clinton County History through the Eyes of its Children” was a mosaic project involving seventh grade students throughout Clinton County. Conceived and designed by Sandra Morse, Bucky Seiden, and Sue Young, the project used art as a vehicle to discover and preserve our local history. The project asked seventh grade students throughout Clinton County to research a specific time period, create a poster using that research, and then create handmade tiles for the larger mosaic to be installed on the Clinton County Government Center.

As the project progressed, the students created posters, tiles, and essays, all dealing with local history.  The timeline represented on the mosaic moves from the period before Samuel de Champlain’s arrival until 1878, when the Village of Keeseville was chartered.  Those efforts were displayed in a variety of ways, from local exhibits, to a county-wide unveiling ceremony, to a published text to accompany the mosaic.

The images below are closeups of the timeline:

Beekmantown Central:

tiles in mosaic

Chazy Central:

tiles in mosaic

tiles in mosaic

Northern Adirondack Centeral and Northeast Clinton Central:

tiles in mosaic

Peru Central:

tiles in mosaic

Plattsburgh City (Stafford):

tiles in mosaic

Saranac Central:

tiles in mosaic

Seton Catholic:

tiles in mosaic

Our not-for-profit sponsor is the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Logo

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Decentralization Program, administered locally by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.
Contributors to the project include:


Arnie’s Restaurant
John and Mary Zurlo
Gerre Ryan
Morris and Brenda Towne
June King
New York State Retired Teachers
Diane Sabourin
Marie and Demosthenes Lyriotakis
Dr. Kate Mahoney, 10 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh
Anne-Marie B. Spear, D.D.S., 134 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh
Twin State/Voice.Data.Video Inc., 291 Rand Hill Rd, Morrisonville

Benefactors (More than $100):

J. Hogan Refrigeration & Mechanical, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Plattsburgh (Noon Club)
Hamilton Funeral Home
Peru Pharmacy
Yarborough Square
Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary
Plattsburgh Pediatrics, 151 Bridge St, Plattsburgh
A. Schonbek & Co, 61 Industrial Blvd, Plattsburgh
Curtis Lumber
Monaghan Medical Corporation

Partners (More than $500):

Stephens and Leigh Mundy
Dandrow's Painting, Inc, 136 Cornelia St, Plattsburgh
Schluter Systems, L.P., 194 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Plattsburgh
Forrence Orchards
Stewarts Shops, Inc.

Major Partners (More than $1000):

Young’s Studio & Gallery