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Clinton Essex Franklin Library System

33 Oak Street

Plattsburgh, New York 12901

United States

Company Description

We serve library patrons and 30 public libraries and 3 reading centers in Northeastern New York. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for this website or other aspects of library service in the North Country! You can always email us at info2@cef ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Director

Huntington Library

Director

Plattsburgh State University

President

New York Library Association

Affiliations

Member
The Yale Glee Club

Member
University Glee Club of New York City

Member
Rotary Club

Board Member
TAUNY

Board Member
New York Folklore Society Inc

Charter Trustee
Olympic and Winter Sports Museum

Board Member
Champlain Valley Transportation Museum

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Men's Chorus

Education

Yale University

Master's Degree

Library Service

Columbia University

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Biography

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LIBRARIAN STAN RANSOM, THE CONNECTICUT PEDDLER

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Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, is a folk musician who specializes in singing and playing the guitar, the hammered dulcimer, the mandolin and autoharp and six and twelve string guitars. He also plays bowed psaltery, tenor banjo and dombek.
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Ransom has also researched the traditional music of Long Island, where he resided for twenty years.
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Connecticut Peddler: Ransom, who has been singing and playing folk music for nearly sixty years, was born in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1928. In 1951 he took his stage and performance name from the nineteenth century Connecticut peddler, sometimes spelled "pedlar," who traveled around with a pack on his back, selling needles, pins, seeds, clocks, patent medicines and notions of all kinds to rural residents of nearby states. Unlike these early peddlers, who sometimes sold "wooden nutmegs" and other dubious items, Ransom's pack is filled with songs of all kinds and for all ages. He knows several hundred American, English and Irish ballads, as well as songs and tunes from other parts of the world, and he enjoys sharing them with his audience. Ransom was extensively involved in the traditional folk music revival on Long Island in the 'fifties and 'sixties and can remember "times in our Huntington home when more than seventy folk musicians were crammed into every corner of every room playing and singing. He also collects stringed folk instruments and gives talks and demonstrations of them.
Lumberjack: From 1943-50 Stan Ransom worked part time as a lumberjack and forest guard for the Connecticut Park and Forest Commission. He learned to fell and cut up trees, use an axe and two-man crosscut saw and to cut trails and fight forest fires in State lands in the Berkshire Mountains. This gives him a warm feeling of kinship with the Adirondack lumberjacks whose songs he sings.
Singing: Ransom comes from a musical family who was "always singing, playing music, and involved with choirs and singing groups. In 1940, at age twelve, he and a friend formed a guitar playing duo called "The Hartland Harmony Boys. In the Army of Occupation in Japan in 1946-48 he was a member of "The Yensmen," a choral group of the 19th Infantry Regiment. From 1949 to 1951 he was a member of the Yale Glee Club, singing under Marshall Bartholomew. After obtaining a Master's Degree in Library Service from Columbia University, he was a member of the University Glee Club of New York City, and later the Men's Chorus of Huntington, Long Island.
Folklorist: In addition to performing, the Connecticut Peddler is also a folklorist who has done considerable research and collecting of Long Island and Northern New York State songs. His discoveries have led to the identification of tunes and songs which had been thought lost forever. "I enjoy doing research on tunes and songs," he said, "because I feel I am contributing to the world's knowledge as well as learning more about the songs I like. His song, "The Ironville Mine," is part of the permanent exhibit on mining at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. For his work as a folklorist and in recognition of his achievements in preserving and interpreting local and regional history, Stan Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in 1994 by the American Association for State and Local History.
Librarian: Ransom is well equipped to do research, from his occupation for over forty years as a professional librarian. He is the retired Director of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh, NY, and the former Director of the Huntington, L.I., Public Library. "To me, the position of librarian is the most satisfying one in the world. I like books, and I like people, and the job of the librarian is to bring books and people together."
Black Poetry: During his previous job as Director of the Huntington Public Library, Ransom edited a book of the complete writings of the Long Island slave poet, Jupiter Hammon, of Lloyd Neck, Huntington, the first Black in America to publish his own verse.
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Since 1970, when the book was issued, Ransom has promoted the nationwide observance of Black Poetry Day on October 17th, the date of Hammon's birthday in 1711. Thne book was reissued in 1983. In 1970 Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for this book by the American Association for State and Local History.
Appearances: Ransom has appeared at the New York State Museum, on Open Mike at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, at the Kent DeLord House Museum, at Sagamore Conference Center in Raquette Lake, at Shepherd Park in Lake George, and at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. He also appears at Farmer's Markets, local schools and libraries, and hospitals and nursing homes, as well as local Coffee Houses.
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In December, 1995, Stan released his 66 minute cassette and CD entitled "Songs of Lake Champlain," covering all aspects of this historic lake, especially "Champ" and "Piper's Refrain," the historic tale of the ghost of Fort Ticonderoga. October, 1997 saw the publication of two recordings of traditional Long Island music, "I Love Long Island," and "My Long Island Home," songs Stan collected back in the 'sixties and now preserved on two hour-long cassettes and CDs. A 54 page spiral bound booklet, "Songs of Long Island," gives lyrics, guitar chords, and documentation to the songs in both albums, plus 14 tasty Long Island recipes and an extensive bibliography, mostly from Stan's own collection.
Ice Storm: Following the devastating ice storm of January, 1998 Stan wrote "The Ice Storm of 1998," and recorded a single on cassette that has sold more than 850 copies, with profits going to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund.
Irishman: On March 17, 1998, a surprised Stan was named "Irishman of the Year" by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, a most significant honor. New Recordings: In late Fall of 2001, Stan released his new recording, "Battle of Plattsburgh; Music of the War of 1812. This 71 minute Compact Disc is the product of twenty years of research and gathering of music of 1812. The twenty sets include the most important songs and tunes relating to the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814, as well as tunes and songs of the War of 1812 played on the hammered dulcimer, mandolin and guitar. Notes on the importance of each selection accompany the recording. Stan has also released another new recording in 2005, "North Country Memories," which includes winter songs such as "Chateaugay Thaw," "Ice Storm of 1998," and "The Superstorm of 1993.
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Stan was delighted when Midwest Book Review stated:"Ransom's is old-style folk music at its best!"


Contributions and Acknowledgements- Stanley A. Ransom

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Stanley A. Ransom

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Stan Ransom was born in Winsted, Connecticut in 1928, served in the Army of Occupation in Japan and graduated from Yale University. He was in the Apollo Glee Club in his sophomore year under Fenno Heath, and he sang bass in his junior and senior year under famed director Marshall Bartholomew. After receiving a Master's Degree in Library Service from Columbia University, he worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library for five years. From 1958-1974 he was Director of the Huntington, L.I., Public Library.
He expanded this library and its services and oversaw its move to a much larger building. He worked to promote library services in New York State and was involved in the formation of public, academic and school library systems. In 1972 he was elected President of the New York Library Association. In 1974 he became Director of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh, serving 29 member public libraries, from which he retired in 1991. He currently volunteers in the local hospital library.
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America's Historic Lakes is very happy to welcome Stan as a Guest Contributor and appreciates his sharing the gift of music with us. [jpm]


Stan Ransom

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STAN RANSOM, THE CONNECTICUT PEDDLER

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Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, is a folk musician who specializes in singing and playing the guitar, the hammered dulcimer, the mandolin and autoharp and six and twelve string guitars. He also plays bowed psaltery, tenor banjo and dombek. Songs: Many of his songs reflect the interests of the North Country of New York State, from the Adirondack Mountains to Lake Champlain, and also the whole length of Long Island. Many of his songs relate to amusing or dramatic events in New York State, such as "Champ," the Lake Champlain Monster, and the "Lake Champlain Ice Rescue. Other songs describe the beauty of the "Isles of Lake Champlain," or the peculiar problems of Plattsburgh, such as the "Plattsburgh Sewage Plant," and "The City with the Stereo Smell. His Adirondack songs, such as "The Adirondack Mountains," "Allen's Bear Fight," and "Adirondack Acid Rain" range from the historical to the contemporary. Ransom has also researched the traditional music of Long Island, where he resided for twenty years.
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Connecticut Peddler: Ransom, who has been singing and playing folk music for nearly sixty years, was born in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1928. In 1951 he took his stage and performance name from the nineteenth century Connecticut peddler, sometimes spelled "pedlar," who traveled around with a pack on his back, selling needles, pins, seeds, clocks, patent medicines and notions of all kinds to rural residents of nearby states. Unlike these early peddlers, who sometimes sold "wooden nutmegs" and other dubious items, Ransom's pack is filled with songs of all kinds and for all ages. He knows several hundred American, English and Irish ballads, as well as songs and tunes from other parts of the world, and he enjoys sharing them with his audience. Ransom was extensively involved in the traditional folk music revival on Long Island in the 'fifties and 'sixties and can remember "times in our Huntington home when more than seventy folk musicians were crammed into every corner of every room playing and singing. He also collects stringed folk instruments and gives talks and demonstrations of them. Lumberjack: From 1943-50 Stan Ransom worked part time as a lumberjack and forest guard for the Connecticut Park and Forest Commission.
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For his work as a folklorist and in recognition of his achievements in preserving and interpreting local and regional history, Stan Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in 1994 by the American Association for State and Local History. Librarian: Ransom is well equipped to do research, from his occupation for over forty years as a professional librarian. He is the retired Director of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh, NY, and the former Director of the Huntington, L.I., Public Library. "To me, the position of librarian is the most satisfying one in the world. I like books, and I like people, and the job of the librarian is to bring books and people together." Black Poetry: During his previous job as Director of the Huntington Public Library, Ransom edited a book of the complete writings of the Long Island slave poet, Jupiter Hammon, of Lloyd Neck, Huntington, the first Black in America to publish his own verse.
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Since 1970, when the book was issued, Ransom has promoted the nationwide observance of Black Poetry Day on October 17th, the date of Hammon's birthday in 1711. Thne book was reissued in 1983. In 1970 Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for this book by the American Association for State and Local History. Appearances: Ransom has appeared at the New York State Museum, on Open Mike at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, at the Kent DeLord House Museum, at Sagamore Conference Center in Raquette Lake, at Shepherd Park in Lake George, and at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. He also appears at Farmer's Markets, local schools and libraries, and hospitals and nursing homes, as well as local Coffee Houses. Recordings: His first tape, "Down the Saranac," was issued in July, 1991, to a delighted local audience.
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In December, 1995, Stan released his 66 minute cassette and CD entitled "Songs of Lake Champlain," covering all aspects of this historic lake, especially "Champ" and "Piper's Refrain," the historic tale of the ghost of Fort Ticonderoga. October, 1997 saw the publication of two recordings of traditional Long Island music, "I Love Long Island," and "My Long Island Home," songs Stan collected back in the 'sixties and now preserved on two hour-long cassettes and CDs. A 54 page spiral bound booklet, "Songs of Long Island," gives lyrics, guitar chords, and documentation to the songs in both albums, plus 14 tasty Long Island recipes and an extensive bibliography, mostly from Stan's own collection. Ice Storm: Following the devastating ice storm of January, 1998 Stan wrote "The Ice Storm of 1998," and recorded a single on cassette that has sold more than 850 copies, with profits going to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund. Irishman: On March 17, 1998, a surprised Stan was named "Irishman of the Year" by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, a most significant honor. In late Fall of 2001, Stan released his new recording, "Battle of Plattsburgh;Music of the War of 1812. This 71 minute Compact Disc is the product of twenty years of research and gathering of music of 1812. The twenty sets include the most important songs and tunes relating to the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814, as well as tunes and songs of the War of 1812 played on the hammered dulcimer, mandolin and guitar. Notes on the importance of each selection accompany the recording. Stan is also about to release another new recording, "North Country Memories," which will include winter songs such as "Chateaugay Thaw," "Ice Storm of 1998," and "The Superstorm of 1993. Also to be included are other important songs such as the descriptive "September 11 th," relating to the terrorist attack, and the urban legend in song, "The Ugly Dog. Still to come is an instrumental recording of hammered dulcimer music, "The Good Natured Man." Please watch for these. Stan was delighted when Midwest Book Review stated: "Ransom's is old-style folk music at its best!"
For more information, or for bookings, contact: Stan Ransom Telephone: (518) 563-5719 35 Iowa Street Toll Free: 1-800-277-7695 Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12903 E-mail: stan@stanransom.com
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Copyright by Stanley A. Ransom, Jr. (BMI)


Stan ...

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Stan Ransom

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Stan Ransom, also known as The Connecticut Peddler, is a folk musician who specializes in singing and playing the twelve-string acoustic guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, bowed psaltery and, of course, the autoharp. The 'harps he uses include a Dolgeville, New York circa 1894 Zimmermann instrument, a 12-bar Oscar Schmidt Autoharp from the 1920s, and a present-day 21-chord O.S. Autoharp.
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Ransom has also researched the traditional music of Long Island, where he resided for twenty years.
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Stan, who has been singing and playing folk music for more than fifty-four years, was born in Winstead, Connecticut. He takes his stage name from the Nineteenth Century Connecticut peddler, who traveled around with a pack on his back, selling needles, pins, seeds and notions to rural residents. Unlike his namesake, who sometimes sold "wooden nutmegs" and other dubious items, Ransom's pack is filled with songs of all kinds aimed at all age groups. He knows several hundred American, English and Irish ballads, as well as songs from other parts of the world, and enjoys sharing them with his audiences. Ransom was extensively involved in the traditional folk music revival on Long Island in the Fifties and Sixties, and can remember times in his Huntington home when more than seventy folk musicians were crammed into every corner of every room playing and singing. He also collects stringed instruments, which he uses in conjunction with lectures and demonstrations.
From 1943-1950, Stan Ransom worked part-time as a lumberjack and forest guard for the Connecticut Park and Forest Commission. He learned to fell and cut up trees, use an axe and two-man crosscut saw, and to cut trails and fight forest fires in state lands in the Berkshire Mountains. That experience left him with a warm feeling of kinship for the Adirondack lumberjacks, whose songs he sings.
Ransom comes from a musical family who were "always singing, playing music and involved in choirs and singing groups.
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For his work as a folklorist, and in recognition of his achievements in preserving and interpreting local and regional history, Stan Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in 1994 by the American Association for State and Local History.
Stan is well equipped to do research as a result of his occupation for more than forty years as a professional librarian. He is the retired Director of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh, NY. "To me," he says, "The position of librarian is the most satisfying one in the world. I like books and I like people, and the job of the librarian is to bring books and people together."
During his previous job as Director of the Huntington Public Library, Stan edited a book of the complete writings of the Long Island slave poet, Jupiter Hammon, who was the first African-American in America to publish his own verse.
...
Since 1970, when the book was issued, Ransom has promoted the nationwide observance of Black Poetry Day on 17 October, the date of Hammon's birth in 1711. The book was reissued in 1983.
The Connecticut Peddler has appeared on Open Mike at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, at Kent DeLord House Museum, at Shepherd Park in Lake George, and at any number of North Country schools, service clubs, coffee houses, libraries, music festivals, nursing homes and hospitals. He has also performed at High Peaks Base Camp in Jay, at Sagamore Conference Center in Raquette Lake, and has regular "gigs" at the Palmer Street Coffee House and at the Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Plattsburgh.
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Send check or money order to: Stan Ransom, 39 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 - (518) 563-5719.
The Autoharp Clearinghouse is delighted to make the acquaintance of Stan Ransom and to share his story with its readership. This issue is respectfully dedicated in his honor.
February 2008 Update: Please note that the above article was written nearly twelve years ago. It is not recommended that anyone send payment for the aforementioned recordings without first making contact with Mr. Ransom. I was not successful in my attempt at doing so, and am not certain that he is still living? Sally Schneider's sketch of Stan is available for viewing in the Autoharp Clearinghouse album under Photos from the home page of the Autoharp Enthusiasts group at Yahoo.


Stanley Ransom is the new ...

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Stanley Ransom is the new library director at the City of Plattsburgh Public Library.He replaces Sonia Long. Staff Photo/Michael Betts /

Published November 05, 2007 09:15 pm - Stanley Ransom, former C-E-F Library chief, comes out of retirement to take top City of Plattsburgh Library job.
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PLATTSBURGH -- Former Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System director and well-known musician Stanley Ransom has been tabbed to head the City of Plattsburgh Library.
"I like to be involved in service to people, and the library is about bringing people to books -- it is very people centered," Ransom said Monday, his first day on the job.
Ransom, who is 79, served as director of the C-E-F Library System from 1974 until his retirement in 1991.
Before that, he was director at the Huntington Library on Long Island from 1958 to 1974.
During his retirement, Ransom volunteered at the CVPH Medical Center library, staying on top of industry trends.
Known as "the Connecticut Peddler," he continued entertaining the North Country with his music and stories of yesteryear.
Ransom was also a local director for the American Association of Retired Persons and was chosen as the Plattsburgh/North Country Chamber of Commerce's Irishman of the Year in 1998.
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Ransom is excited for a chance to go back to work.
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Ransom said he has no plans for any major change at the library but would like to make it more visible.
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Ransom said developing services that are attractive to teens is a worthy goal.

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