Born in 1901 and growing up as a young boy in Canton, New York, Richard G. Myers became fascinated with stories of the West. His great uncle, a prospector during the gold rush of 1849 fired his imagination with the stories from his adventures.
Myers was a voracious reader, loved American and local history, but his greatest love was that of the Old West. It was only natural that his interest in the Old West would find him starting to collect items about its history and if there was one individual who inspired his collecting passion, it was artist Frederic Remington (1860-1909), also a native of Canton.
Beginning in the early 1940s, Myers began to collect Remington related books and prints. As his collection grew, he corresponded with collectors, authors and museums directors all over the world.
In 1975, Myers published, A Guide To Old Remington Prints and Lithographs, 1888-1914. That publication served as a definitive guide for collectors, helping to solidify his legacy as an authority on the subject.
This exhibition, A Love of Remington features a selection of illustrations that appeared in newspaper and magazines, showing how Remington was experienced by the public during Myers’ lifetime. The exhibited prints were produced between 1888 and 1907. Also included in the exhibition will be a number of publications authored by Remington. According to SLCHA executive director John Kovach, “The exhibition also reflects how the passion of a collector can become an educational tool.”
Mr. Myers passed away on October 5, 1992 in Potsdam, New York. In 2007, his granddaughter Betsy Barrick donated his collection to the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. The Museum is open on Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is no admission charge.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, October 30, 2021.