The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce held its annual vote at the Boys and Girls Club Expo for a local historic landmark to be depicted on a collectable ornament which the Chamber offers for sale each year.
The Abbe Francois Picquet Monument has been voted this years winner with 30 votes. The Hotel McConville came in second with 29 votes and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and the U.S. Customs House were tied with 20 votes each.
The Picquet Monument picture was hand-drawn by Ogdensburg native Nicki Ryan. The actual monument was commissioned in 1899 by members of Swe-kat-si Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
It is a grey granite obelisk dedicated to the memory of Abbe Picquet, a Suplican missionary from Quebec who built his mission and fort here in May 1749. He named the fort Fort de la Presentation and it served as a church, school, trading post and Native American village.
The popular ornament collection now includes: 2005 Lighthouse Point (sold out), 2006 Spirit of Liberty, Soldiers & Sailors Monument, 2007 Remington Art Museum (sold out), 2008 New York State Armory, 2009 Ogdensburg City Hall, 2010 Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, 2011 The Old Arsenal, 2012 Ogdensburg Public Library and 2013 The Bishops Residence. The 2014 Abbe Picquet Monument ornament will be available in the fall.
For more information call the Chamber office at 393-3620.