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January 2008

January 9, 2008 7:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association “Culver Hill-September 6, 1814” painting unveiled.
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will be unveiling new artwork in the KeyBank Gallery of the War of 1812 Museum on Wednesday January 9, 2008 at 7:00pm. After collaborating with museum staff and local historians for details, Vermont artist John Purdy has produced “Culver Hill-September 6, 1814.” The water coloring painting depicts the initial contact between American and British forces at Culver Hill in Beekmantown, NY prior to the Battle of Plattsburgh. The painting is the first in a series of paintings Mr. Purdy has planned that will depict scenes relating to the Battle of Plattsburgh. Mr. Purdy will speak about the action at Culver Hill which took place on the morning of September 6, 1814, as well as his plans for completion of a Battle of Plattsburgh series. He will be available after the presentation to autograph actual size prints of the painting. Prints of the painting will also be available at the museum’s History Shoppe. There will be a limited number of actual size prints produced. For more information please contact the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814 or visit www.battleofplattsburgh.org

January 9, 2008 7:00 pm
18th-Century Medicine with Jim Gabler, presented by the Ticonderoga Community Program Series. Thompson-Pell Research Center. Ticonderoga, NY

February 2008

February 13, 2008 7:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will be hosting “Night at the Movies” in the War of 1812 Museum Theater on Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm. Come enjoy Pride & Prejudice at the museum. Watch the movie on the big screen while enjoying the War of 1812 atmosphere of the museum, and free popcorn. The novel, Pride and Prejudice, first published on 28 January 1813, is the most famous of Jane Austen's novels and one of the first "romantic comedies" in the history of the novel. The movie, starring Keira Knightley was released in 2005. The story is based on Jane Austen's novel about five sisters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814.

February 20, 2008 11:00 am
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont presents The Shelburne Museum, its past, present and Future. Stephan Jost, Director of the Shelburne Museum, will talk on his favorite subject, the Shelburne Museum. Located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings. Stephan Jost is particularly interested in the role of the Museum for the 21st century. Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and this presentation, click here. All lectures will be on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Museum, third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The site is handicap accessible with parking behind the museum.

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February 21, 2008 6:30 pm

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) offers the Love the Lake Speaker Series in memory of Jane Potvin, who loved to bring locals together to talk about the Lake. On Thursdays from February 21 to March 13 at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to join LCBP staff and these speakers for homemade desserts, tea, coffee and lively lake conversations. The LCBP office is in the stone house at 54 West Shore Road in Grand Isle, VT—a short walk from the LCT ferry. All events are free. SHOREHAM SLOOP: DISCOVERIES FROM THE SOUTH LAKE’S MURKY WATERS. A presentation by Adam Kane, Nautical Archaeologist, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. For further information contact the LCBP at 800-468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.


February 23, 2008 11:30 am
The Valcour Battle Chapter, SAR Luncheon to be held at the Elks Lodge in Plattsburgh on Saturday, February 23, 2008. The event will begin at 11:30am with cash bar and socializing until 12:30 pm at which time there will be a buffet lunch. The highlight of the event will be guest speaker, Dr. John Krueger, Director of the Kent Delord House Museum, speaking on Dr. Jonathan Potts, Director of the Northern Medical Department in the American Revolution. The buffet menu will include tossed salad, dressing, fruit, tuna salad, fresh bread, linguini with sun dried tomatoes and walnut pesto, mixed vegetables, rice, chicken broccoli casserole, ham and scalloped potatoes, and for dessert, chocolate brownie with strawberries. The cost is $18.00 per person, payable to the Valcour Battle Chapter, SAR. Deadline for reservations is February 15th. Please send payment (with number of persons attending) to Stan Ransom, 35 Iowa Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12903. If you have questions please call Stan at 518-563-5719.

February 28, 2008 6:30 p.m.
WHO KNEW? THE CORAL REEF IN YOUR BACKYARD- a presentation by Dr. Char Mehrtens, Professor and Chair, University of Vermont Geology Department. Sponsored by the Lake Champlain Basin Program as part of their Love the Lake Speaker Series. 54 West Shore Road in Grand Isle, VT—a short walk from the LCT ferry. All events are free. For further information contact the LCBP at 800-468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.

March 2008

March 5, 2008 11:00 am
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont presents A perspective of Lake Champlain’s 400 year Legacy, 1609 - 2009 with Art Cohn, Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. In 1609 Samuel de Champlain paddled into the lake that was to bear his name and triggered events that would help define the New World. In the aftermath of his visit, almost two decades of military affairs helped define the balance of power in the New World, and events in and around Lake Champlain contributed to the establishment of the United States of America. After the military era passed, the lake’s 120 miles of navigable waters bustled with hundreds of wooden ships moving people and goods around the region. Many of these vessels have found their way to the lake bottom. Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and this presentation, click here. All lectures will be on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Museum, third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The site is handicap accessible with parking behind the museum.

March 5, 2008 7:00 pm
Live Free or Die!: The Life of John Stark
- A presentation by
Karl Crannell, part of the Ticonderoga Community Program Series. Thompson-Pell Research Center, Ticonderoga, NY

March 6, 2008 6:30 p.m.
PREPARING FOR CHAMPLAIN 400: AN ABENAKI PERSPECTIVE. A presentation by Dr. Fred Wiseman, Professor, Johnson State College. Sponsored by the Lake Champlain Basin Program as part of their Love the Lake Speaker Series. 54 West Shore Road in Grand Isle, VT—a short walk from the LCT ferry. All events are free. For further information contact the LCBP at 800-468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.

March 12, 2008 11:00 am
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont presents A Hard Founding Father to Love: Ira Allen of Vermont with Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Vermont Historical Society. Land speculator, revolutionary, pamphleteer, and government leader, Ira Allen (1751-1814) was a significant figure in eighteenth-century Vermont. Kevin Graffagnino outlines Ira’s checkered career and assesses his participation in defending an independent Vermont, supporting the Haldimand Negotiations, and developing the Champlain Valley, along with his plans to create democratic republics in British Canada and the area that became Texas. Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and this presentation, click here. All lectures will be on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Museum, third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The site is handicap accessible with parking behind the museum.

March 12, 2008 7:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will be hosting Richard Wingler on Wednesday March 12, 2008 at 7PM. Mr. Wingler will be speaking about the effect that the War of 1812 had upon presidential campaigns and political parties at that time. He will highlight several War of 1812 heroes that utilized their fame to become presidential candidates, the most famous of whom is Andrew Jackson. The event will be held at the Battle of Plattsburgh Association's War of 1812 Museum theater on Washington Rd, Plattsburgh, NY. The event is free and opened to the public. If you have a questions please call 518-566-1814 or visit www.battleofplattsburgh.org

March 15, 2008 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s newest exhibit “Secrets Beneath the Surface- Forgotten Artifacts of the Battle of Plattsburgh" will open to the public. The exhibit is made possible with a grant through the Lake Champlain Basin Program. “Secrets Beneath the Surface” is located in the changing exhibit space of the War of 1812 Museum. Come learn about the naval portion of the Battle of Plattsburgh (September 11, 1814) through the artifacts themselves. Explore the underwater environment of Plattsburgh Bay through maps and video. The exhibit also looks at the laws and regulations regarding artifacts that have been recovered in the past and how recovery and conservation are viewed today. If you have a questions please call 518-566-1814 or visit www.battleofplattsburgh.org .

March 19, 2008 11:00 am
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont presents Rebels in Vermont!: The St. Albans Raid with Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Vermont Historical Society. On October 19, 1864, twenty-two Confederate soldiers under the command of Bennett H. Young attacked the village of St. Albans. They robbed the banks in town, tried to set fire to the downtown commercial district, shot and killed one person, and then fled north to Canada with $227,000 in their saddlebags. The St. Albans Raid sent shock waves throughout Vermont and the rest of the United States. Graffagnino details the events of the raid and also looks at the lives and careers of the Confederate soldiers who participated in it, providing more of a Southern perspective than most Vermont versions of the story. Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and this presentation, click here. All lectures will be on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Museum, third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The site is handicap accessible with parking behind the museum.

March 29, 2008 5:00-9:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee will be hosting a fundraiser dinner, "A Taste of the Tavern" at the Plattsburgh Elk's Lodge on Saturday March 29, 5-9pm. Participants will enjoy and rate samples for next year's Israel Green Tavern menu in September. Soups, breads, entrees, and desserts will be offered for testing. A cash bar will be available. Music will be provided by "Towne Meeting." Wenches in period clothing will serve you. Tickets are $15 per person. Tickets are on sale at North Country Coop, CornerStone Bookstore, Skyway Aubuchons Hardware Store, and at the door the evening of the event. For information please contact Kate Besaw at 518-314-6632.

April 2008

April 2, 2008 11:00 am
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont presents Lake Champlain’s ‘Fort Blunder’ and ‘Fort Montgomery‘ - A Closer Look  with Jim Millard, local author and Publisher of America's Historic Lakes. The ruins of old Fort Montgomery have fascinated local residents and travelers crossing the Rouses Point, New York/Alburgh, Vermont bridge for generations. Long a feature of North Country legend, it has for an equally long time been difficult to sort the truth from the myth about the ruins known to locals as "Fort Blunder". Jim will discuss many of the misconceptions about this mysterious structure and will share dozens of vintage photographs, plans and maps. Since he has been given unprecedented access to the deteriorating ruins for his research Jim will provide a fascinating visual tour of the fort as it stands today.
Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and this presentation, click here (pdf 105k). All lectures will be on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Museum, third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The site is handicap accessible with parking behind the museum.

April 3, 2008, 10:00 am- 8:00 pm and April 5, 2008, 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
First Navigators Exhibit Birch Bark Canoe Exhibit at Lake Champlain Basin Program Office. Lake Champlain’s First Navigators, the new traveling exhibit from Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, can now be seen at the Lake Champlain Basin Program through Saturday, April 5th. Explore the history and maritime heritage of the region’s Native American people, and learn how this artful watercraft was constructed. The exhibit includes the full-sized (20 foot long) replica 1609-era birch bark canoe constructed at LCMM in 2007 and four free-standing interpretive panels. The LCBP will host an open house to view the exhibit on Thursday April 3rd from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 5th from 9a.m. - noon at their office located at 54 West Shore Road in Grand Isle, across from the LCT ferry terminal. Walk-ins are also welcome March 31, April 1, and April 4th from 9-4 p.m. Please call LCBP at (802) 372-3213 for further information.

April 7, 2008 7:00 pm
Politics and the 1844-45 Supreme Court Nominations of Chancellor Reuben Walworth- A program with Penny Clute. Reuben H. Walworth was born in Connecticut in 1779, studied law in Troy and settled in Plattsburgh. Admitted to the bar in 1809, he served in Congress from 1821-1823, was a circuit judge from 1823-1828 and was chancellor of New York from 1828-1848. He died in Saratoga in 1867. Refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County. Clinton County Historical Museum, Four Chimneys Building, 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY

April 8, 15, 22 2008

Teaching the Quad! A Workshop Series for Teachers About the Quadricentennial. How do you engage your students in the topics surrounding the upcoming Quadricentennial? The 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s entrance onto the lake that now bears his name is fast approaching. Join the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and her partner institutions for a day-long workshop for educators to learn more about the pivotal year 1609, and the people and events that shaped the Champlain Basin for centuries to come. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor, Vermont and Stafford Middle School, Plattsburgh, NY. Visit the LCMM website for more details or call them at (802) 475-2022 to reserve your spot.

April 13, 2008 8:15—9:45 pm
Lecture on Native American History of Lake Champlain at Middlebury College (in the Dana Auditorium section of Sunderland Language Center on College Street) by ethno-historian and author James Axtell. This Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture is titled “Fact and Fiction in Native American History; or, How Champlain Lost New France,” is free and open to the public. Axtell is professor of humanities at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. He joined the faculty there in 1978, having previously taught at Yale, Sarah Lawrence and Northwestern universities.

April 19, 2008 10:00 am
Family Workshop Program, "Life in the Continental Army" 10:00am to noon - Learn about life in the Continental Army, including the role of women, on the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Hands-on skills teaching. Thompson-Pell Research Center, Ticonderoga, NY. $5 per child, parents free

April 23, 2008 11:00 am
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont presents Friends of Freedom: Vermont’s Underground Railroad with Ray Zirblis. The Underground Railroad was a shadowy direct action movement that helped fugitive slaves to escape to Canada before the Civil War. Fugitives were passed from safe house to safe house, often sheltered and transported in secret. Little is known about the “Underground” in the Green Mountains. Who were the fugitives? What motivated Vermonters to aid them? Why did others riot against the anti-slavery movement? Through letters and other documents, participants of these stirring times speak for themselves. Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and this presentation, click here. All lectures will be on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Museum, third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The site is handicap accessible with parking behind the museum.

April 25, 2008 4:00 pm
Plattsburgh Elks Lodge #621 will be hosting a fundraising dinner to benefit the Battle of Plattsburgh Association on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 4 pm to 7 pm. The Plattsburgh Elks is located at 56 Cumberland Ave, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Enjoy an Italian Platter featuring, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and spaghetti and meatballs. The meal will include a salad, garlic bread, and sherbet for dessert. Coffee or tea will be provided. Cash bar will be available. Come show your support for the Battle of Plattsburgh Association in its continuing efforts to grow and to provide public programs on the museum campus by enjoying a delicious meal in an 1812 period atmosphere. Tickets on sale now for $20 each. For more information, or to buy tickets, please call the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814.

April 26, 2008 10am - 4pm
Grand Opening of the Abenaki Museum and Cultural Center. A full day of fun for the whole family. Museum Tours, representatives from various Abenaki groups available to answer questions, drumming and singing, learn to build a wigwam and much more. Abenaki Museum and Cultural Center. Rt.2, East Montpelier, VT.
More information: http://www.ndakinna.org  or call 802-224-1055.

April 26, 27, 2008
Thirteenth Annual War College of the Seven Years' War at Fort Ticonderoga. Two-day seminar; advanced reservations required;  More information or call 518-585-2821 for further info.

April 30, 2008 7:00 pm
The Rouses Point/Champlain Historical Society presents Lake Champlain’s ‘Fort Blunder’ and ‘Fort Montgomery‘ - A Closer Look  by Jim Millard. The ruins of old Fort Montgomery have fascinated local residents and travelers crossing the Rouses Point, New York/Alburgh, Vermont bridge for generations. Long a feature of North Country legend, it has for an equally long time been difficult to sort the truth from the myth about the ruins known to locals as "Fort Blunder". Jim will discuss many of the misconceptions about this mysterious structure and will share dozens of vintage photographs, plans and maps. Since he has been given unprecedented access to the deteriorating ruins for his research Jim will provide a fascinating visual tour of the fort as it stands today.
The cover of Jim Millard's "Fort Montgomery Through the Years"... Click here for more information.South Hero, Vermont resident Jim Millard is the publisher of the popular America's Historic Lakes website- http://www.historiclakes.org . He is also the author of The Secrets of Crab Island, Fort Montgomery: Through the Years- A Pictorial History of the Great Stone Fort on Lake Champlain and the recently published Lake Passages: A Journey Through the Centuries. He is currently writing a second, comprehensive volume detailing the history of all of the fortifications in the Rouses Point, New York, Alburgh, Vermont area— Fort "Blunder", Fort Montgomery, and the never constructed fortifications planned for Stony and Windmill Points. All three of Jim's books will be available for purchase, including his latest, "Lake Passages: A Journey Through the Centuries". Rouses Point Elementary School, Maple Street, Rouses Point, NY.  Free and open to all.

May 2008

May 1, 2008
Crown Point State Historic Site opens for the season

May 3, 2008
 10:00 am
Iroquois Legends-  A presentation by Darren Bonaparte.  Bonaparte, a Mohawk living historian, tells stories that form the cultural history of the People of the Long House. Families welcome. Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

May 5, 2008 7:00 pm
Sue Walters will host a program on Civil War dress and clothing construction in conjunction with the Clinton County Historical Association's May Civil War Encampment. Refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County. Clinton County Historical Museum, Four Chimneys Building, 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY

May 3, 2008 9:00 am
Fort William Henry opens for the season. Lake George, NY. More information here.

May 6 and 8, 2008 7:00 pm
Life Onboard - Studying Lake Champlain's Sunken Canal Boats. Adam Kane from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum discusses the wrecks of canal boats in Lake Champlain. Free and open to all. Burnham Library, Main Street, Colchester, VT. Call 802-658-3706 for more information.

May 10, 2008
Fort Ticonderoga Opens for Season. From May 10th through October 20th, Fort Ticonderoga is open daily, including holidays, 9am to 5pm. Interpreters in period uniforms tell the story of the Fort throughout the day. Weather permitting, they will offer a musket demonstration. In July and August (weather permitting), artillery demonstrations occur daily and the Fife & Drum Corps entertains with martial music. The King's Garden is open June 1st - October 13th for tours from 10am to 4pm. Groups need to reserve in advance. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

May 14, 2008 7:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will be hosting, author and Native American historian, Darren Bonaparte in the Press Republican Theater in the War of 1812 museum. Mr. Bonaparte will be speaking about the Akwesasne’s involvement in the War of 1812, focusing on Colonel Louis Cook, veteran of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and, and War of 1812. He will also highlight some of the local perspectives on Eleazer Williams, Native American scout whose journal was utilized as a primary source in the book, September Eleventh 1814. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 518-566-1814.

Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, 2008
The Civil War comes to Clinton County, New York! Civil War Encampment.
The Clinton County Historical Association, the 11th N.Y. Battery Light Artillery and the Alexandria Battery, CSA will host a Civil War Reenactment on the grounds of the old Air Force Base. Over 70 reenactors will set up camp, reenact battles and for two days relive this stirring period of American history. There will be tours of the encampments, a special dance performance, and period items for sale. Plattsburgh, NY.

May 24, 2008
Twelfth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Open Épée Competition. Co-sponsored by the Middlebury Fencing Club. Rain date May 25. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

May 24, 2008 10:00 am
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum opens for the season. Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here.

May 24, 2008 10:00am – May 25, 2008 3:30pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association hosts The Plattsburgh Military Timeline (1609-Present). Have you ever wondered what Samuel De Champlain wore when he traversed Lake Champlain in 1609? Have you wanted to spend more time chatting with War of 1812 re-enactors, or comparing black powder muskets to 20th century firearms? Here’s your chance! Come to the Battle of Plattsburgh Association Campus. Tour the museum’s newest exhibit, “Secrets Beneath the Surface” and visit the History Shoppe. Visit the encampment and talk to re-enactors and sutlers from a variety of time periods. Look at models of modern military items. See first hand the progression of firearms from 1609 to the Present during a firing demonstration, “From Matchlock to Cartridge Loader.” Refreshments will be available on site.  31 Washington Rd, Old Base, Plattsburgh, NY. For more information please call 518-566-1814.

May 25, 2008 1:00-3:00 pm
The Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island will be open for visitors (conditions permitting). Free of charge. Visitors must provide their own transportation to the island. For more information call 518-561-0340.


May 26, 2008 11:00 am

Annual Memorial Day Commemoration and Wreath-Laying Ceremony. Join a procession from the Fort to the American cemetery led by the Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

May 31, 2008 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet the Author Day at Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market. Book signing by America's Historic Lakes' Jim Millard and other local authors including Larry Gooley, Richard Frost, Keith Herkalo, and John Purdy (artist). Local history author Jim Millard will be selling and signing copies of his newest book "LAKE PASSAGES: A Journey through the Centuries" and his earlier titles "Secrets of Crab Island" and "Fort Montgomery Through the Years."

Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market. Durkee Street Parking Lot, Plattsburgh, NY

May 31-June 1, 2008
Season Preview Weekend/Members Days at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. New this year, the weekend will feature previews of each upcoming Special Event; gallery tours of new exhibits, promotions of courses and workshops; member specials; volunteer recognition; and a preview of Schooner Lois McClure’s journey to Quebec City. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here.
 

June 2008

June 2, 2008 7:00 pm
Who was the first settler in Clinton County? A Program with David Glenn. Clinton County Historical Association. Refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County. Clinton County Historical Museum, Four Chimneys Building, 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY

June 7, 2008 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Plattsburgh Museum Days. The Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Clinton County Historical Association, Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, and Kent Delord House will all be open for the public to enjoy. Special events will be held at each location.

June 17, 2008 11:30 am
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s replica Canal Schooner Lois McClure departs for Quebec City to participate in Quebec’s Quadricentennial as a good will ambassador for the Lake Champlain region. Perkins Pier, Burlington, Vermont

June 20-July 20, 2008
"In Their Own Words" Special Photo Exhibit from the VT Folklife Center at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here.

June 24, 2008 1:00 pm
Renowned boys choir, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, will perform the inaugural concert in the Great Room of the
Mars Education Center. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

June 27-29, 2008
Grand Encampment of the Seven Years' War commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Battle of Carillon. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY. Reenactors depicting French, Canadian, British, Provincial, and Native American forces come together to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Carillon in 1758.

June 28, 2008
Gala Raffle Fundraiser at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The LCMM's Annual Gala Raffle is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Museum. Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here

June 30 to July 4, 2008
Recruiting Week
at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. As "recruits", children will be introduced to musket shooting, guard duty and cannon loading. Tour the fortifications with them and try to discover the secrets of the fort’s defences by participating in a fun historical rally. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

July 2008

July 3-6, 2008
Independence Day Celebration at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Take a special tour of the museum’s Key to Liberty Exhibit and the replica revolutionary war gunboat Philadelphia II. Share the remarkable experiences of some recent arrivals in the Champlain Valley in the Vermont Folk Life Center traveling exhibit In Their Own Words: Stories from Refugees Settled in Vermont. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here

July 4, 2008
Independence Day at Fort Ticonderoga- Celebrate Independence Day and America's First Victory of the American Revolution. Readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

July 5, 2008
Day of Scots at Fort Ticonderoga - A gathering of clans and representatives from international Black Watch Regiments commemorate the fallen soldiers of the 42nd Highland Regiment with a parade and memorial service at the Scottish Cairn. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

July 5-11, 2008
Graduate Course for Teachers, Fleur-de-Lys and Tomahawks. Jointly offered with the Living History Education Foundation. Call (914) 739-0136 for more information. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

July 6, 2008
Grand Opening of the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. In the restored magasin du Roi (King's Warehouse) at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY.

July 6, 2008—July 27, 2008 1:00-3:00 pm (Sundays only)
The Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island will be open for visitors (conditions permitting). Free of charge. Visitors must provide their own transportation to the island. For more information call 518-561-0340.


July 7 to July 11, 2008
The Fabulous Destiny of Île aux Noix at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. Come discover the fabulous destiny of Île aux Noix through artifacts tracing the everyday lives of soldiers and their families. Themes such as food, hygiene and shipbuilding will be discussed. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

July 8, 2008 11:00 am
Battle of Carillon 250th Anniversary Commemoration and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

July 9, 2008 7:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will be hosting Frank Pabst in the Press Republican Theater, Plattsburgh, NY. Frank Pabst, long time diver and captain on Lake Champlain, will highlight his experiences on the lake. He will share with us his knowledge as a diver, highlighting the importance of the history that occurred on Lake Champlain. The event is free and opened to the public. If you have a questions please call 518-566-1814 or visit www.battleofplattsburgh.org  .

July 12-13, 2008
Abenaki Encampment & Craft Show at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Members of the El-Nu Abenaki dressed in 17th-century garb will demonstrate singing, dancing, and life skills, joining visitors, artisans and tribal dignitaries in LCMM’s second annual celebration of Native American heritage. Basin Harbor, Vermont.
More information here

July 12, 2008
Garden Party at Fort Ticonderoga. An evening of refreshments and entertainment to benefit The King's Garden (call 518-585-2121 to request an invitation). Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

July 14-24, 2008
John Koopman as George WashingtonArcheology and George Washington at Crown Point State Historic Site. July 2008 should be a most interesting time to visit Crown Point State Historic Site. Why, even General George Washington can’t stay away! On eight weekdays (July 14-17 and 21-24), the public is welcome to observe an active archeological dig. On Sunday afternoon July 20, General George Washington, portrayed by John Koopman, will return to Crown Point after a 225-year absence.
Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on eight particular July weekdays, the public may view up-close active research by a team of professional archeologists working at the historic landmark located on the New York side of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Eighteenth century village dwelling sites will be professionally tested, using limited archeological excavation, in hopes of definitively determining whether certain dwellings were used and constructed by French settlers before they were inhabited by British settlers beginning in 1759. The archeology work will be led by Dr. Paul R. Huey who first participated in archeological digging at this site more than 50 years ago. In the mid-1950s when Paul Huey was a teenager, he first dug in the area of these village structures under the supervision of Louis Ismay. While employed by the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites as their senior archeologist, Dr. Huey has continued his Crown Point research, both documentary and archeological, in all the decades since.
From 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. on July 20, “General Washington” will meet the visiting public at Crown Point State Historic Site. July 21, 2008 is the 225th anniversary of Washington’s visit to Crown Point, so the site will observe the occasion one day early with a first-person presentation for the public by John Koopman from Connecticut. As the pre-eminent founding father of the United States, George Washington occupies a unique place in America's collective memory. For John Koopman, it is Washington's courage, steadfastness, honesty, and faith that inspire him. Koopman entered the Revolutionary War re-enacting scene in 1998 as an outlet for his passion for history and has had the opportunity to portray General Washington at several state and national parks throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia. As he continues to study Washington's life, Koopman's admiration for Washington only grows. George Washington, according to Thomas Jefferson, was the best horseman in Virginia. Appropriately as George Washington, John Koopman will be on horseback for his tour of Crown Point. More information about Crown Point is available here.

July 14 to July 18, 2008

Soldier of the 24th Regiment
at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. Enroll in the 24th British Infantry Regiment and get acquainted with the different pieces of 19th century military equipment. The presentation is followed by a black powder musket demonstration. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

July 21 to July 25, 2008
New France at Fort Lennox at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. Unveil the secrets of the last battle of the Conquest of New France, which took place at Île aux Noix in August 1760. Participate in a presentation of French uniform and attend military exercises. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

July 21 to July 25, 2008 9:00 am to 3 pm
SUNY Plattsburgh's Summer Safari program on the Battle of Plattsburgh Association campus. BOPA  volunteers led by Kate Besaw will again offer a one-week camp devoted to the Battle of Plattsburgh. The camp will take place the week of July 21. As part of SUNY Plattsburgh's Summer Safari program, the activities will include immersion in history, period dress, weaponry, and traditional food and song. The schedule will be sufficiently different that past attendees will still enjoy participation, and, of course, newcomers are welcome. Cost for participation is $250. For more information contact Kate Besaw at 518-314-6632.  Washington Rd, Plattsburgh, NY.

July 28 to August 1, 2008

Recruiting Week at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. As "recruits", children will be introduced to musket shooting, guard duty and cannon loading. Tour the fortifications with them and try to discover the secrets of the fort’s defences by participating in a fun historical rally. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

August 2008

August 1, 2008 8:00 pm
Nanabozho- A live performance of this Winnebago creation tale. Performance by Mettawee River Theatre Company. Bring a lawn chair. Phone: (518) 597-4666. Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, NY.

August 2, 2008

Annual Fife & Drum Corps Muster- Fort Ticonderoga's Fife & Drum Corps hosts this annual muster featuring corps from around the northeast. Included in the regular admission. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

August 3, 2008—August 31, 2008 1:00-3:00 pm (Sundays only)
The Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island will be open for visitors (conditions permitting). Free of charge. Visitors must provide their own transportation to the island. For more information call 518-561-0340.
 

August 4, 2008 7:00 pm
Maria Hayes: One of the Last Female Slaves in Plattsburgh- A Program with Don Papson. Clinton County Historical Association. Refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public. Funded in part by Clinton County. Clinton County Historical Museum, Four Chimneys Building, 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY

August 4, 2008 7:00 pm
St. Peter’s Church, 114 Cornelia Street Plattsburgh, New York will be the host site for the second meeting of the North Country Franco-American Club, which will take place in the Emmaus Room at 7 pm on Monday, August 4, 2009. At that meeting we will further continue planning for the musical and folk art exposition Envoyé à maison/A Franco-American Homecoming which will take place in Plattsburgh on Saturday August 9, 2008. We will also determine a schedule for future meetings and activities. All interested parties are invited to attend.
The North Country Franco-American Club is envisioned as an educational, historical, cultural, and genealogical non-profit organization. The club seeks to make people aware of the rich culture and history of the French and French Canadians in North America, with special emphasis on those who settled in Northern New York. Note: It is not necessary to speak French or have French ancestry to join. Interested parties who may not be able to attend are invited to contact David Graham, Regional Representative of the American Association of Teachers of French at 518 563-1779 or mrquebec@gmail.com .

August 4 to August 8, 2008
The Fabulous Destiny of Île aux Noix at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. Come discover the fabulous destiny of Île aux Noix through artifacts tracing the everyday lives of soldiers and their families. Themes such as food, hygiene and shipbuilding will be discussed. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

August 7, 2008 7:00 pm
The French & Indian War Society Summer Lecture Series presents Building Shipwrecks: Replica Archaeology of Lake George’s Sunken Fleet of 1758—Presenters: Karen Cavotta, Jeff Sova, Preston Sweeney and Joseph W. Zarzynski. This year 2008 marks the 250th anniversary of “The Sunken Fleet of 1758” an historical event when British –led troops at Lake George deliberately sank over 260 warships to protect their French & Indian War fleet over the winter from marauding French and their Native American allies. Many of these sunken vessels were not recovered in 1759, and some have been the focus of underwater archaeological study. Since 1987, Bateaux Below, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, has studied several dozen of these shipwrecks. Recently Bateaux Below partnered with the Village of Lake George, the NYS Office of General Services and other state agencies, and Saratoga Springs’ Maple Avenue Middle School Technology Department on two replica archaeology projects. Three Technology teachers and underwater archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski will give a presentation on the collaborative project that is building a full scale 30 ft long bateau wreck and a 5 to 6 ft long cross-section of the 52 ft long Land Tortoise radeau. The bateau will be placed in the Lake near the Blais Walkway for pedestrian viewing and the cross-section of the Land Tortoise will be on exhibited in a land venue. The presenters will explain this collaborative effort and the building of the replicas. Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George, New York. Free and Open to the Public

August 9-10, 2008
French and Indian War Encampment Weekend. Visit military camps beside the authentic ruins of the French-built Fort St. Frederic (1734-1759) and the ruins of the vast British "Crown Point" fort (1759-1773, including two original stone barracks ruins), each of which are Registered National Historic Landmarks. Watch the visiting British and French soldiers, Canadian militiamen, Woodland Indians , boatmen, and civilian re-enactors at the tactical weapons demonstrations. Enjoy scenic vistas of historic Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and the Green Mountains. Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, NY

August 9, 2008

Officers' Dinner- Annual fund-raising dinner held in the Fort. Call 518-585-2121 for an invitation. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

August 10, 2008 2;00 pm
Canal Splash 2008! Underground Railroad Day. The North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association will present “...on foot, in buggies and wagons, on boats and trains....”How Fugitive Slaves Traveled on the Underground Railroad at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum. Performers in period dress will share songs and true stories of fugitive slaves who traveled on Lake Champlain to reach freedom in Canada. Historian Don Papson will share exciting stories of freedom seekers who traveled on foot, as stowaways, in wagons, carriages, and on trains. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, 12 Museum Way in Plattsburgh, New York. Reservations are not required but are recommended. Admission will be will $5.00 adults, $2.00 children. For more information call Don Papson at 561-0277 or the Transportation Museum office at 566-7575. “Canal Splash 2008! Underground Railroad Day” is one of over 100 events being held across the state to highlight the beauty, culture recreational appeal and history of the New York’s canal system.

August 11 to August 15, 2008
Recruiting Week at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. As "recruits", children will be introduced to musket shooting, guard duty and cannon loading. Tour the fortifications with them and try to discover the secrets of the fort’s defences by participating in a fun historical rally. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

August 13, 2008 7:00 pm
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will be hosting "Night at the Movies" in the Press Republican Theater at the War of 1812 Museum, Plattsburgh, NY on Wednesday, August 13 at 7pm. Come watch Horatio Hornblower (Vol. 2): The Fire Ships at the museum. Watch the movie on the big screen while enjoying the War of 1812 atmosphere of the museum, and free popcorn. In Horatio Hornblower- The Fire Ships Hornblower gets the opportunity to test for lieutenant, the Spanish fleet suddenly attacks the British ships in harbor by sending a burning ship into shore. The ships are saved only through the quick thinking and heroism of Hornblower and one of the Captains who was testing him. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814.

August 14, 2008 7:00 pm
The French & Indian War Society Summer Lecture Series presents The British Soldier in 18C North America. Presenter: Daniel Donahue, Guide & Interpreter, Fort William Henry. Serving as a soldier during the 18th century in North America was far from the ideal post. Especially at Fort William Henry, a lonely, northern outpost of the British colonies. Surrounded by wilderness, miles away from the nearest friendly forces, the soldiers had to be self sufficient. Dan Donahue will take you back to learn about a soldier’s daily life, where they obtained provisions, uniforms, weapons, types of entertainment and training. Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George, New York. Free and Open to the Public

August 15-17, 2008

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival at the waterfront, Burlington, Vermont. A three day festival of "all things maritime." For more information visit the Festival site here.

August 16, 2008 10am-5pm
Rabble in Arms - Experience some of the skills and trades of the Revolutionary War era as re-enactors dressed in period clothing demonstrate “The Mechanics of Revolution”. Help move heavy loads as they were moved in an age before hydraulics as re-enactors move cannon and bateau. Watch the Philadelphia II use anchors and lines to bring fresh guns to bear. Learn the methods used to handle ropes on yardarms. Register in advance to learn to play pennywhistle or sew a linen shirt. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT. More information at http://www.lcmm.org, 802-475-2022.

August 18 to August 22, 2008
New France at Fort Lennox at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. Unveil the secrets of the last battle of the Conquest of New France, which took place at Île aux Noix in August 1760. Participate in a presentation of French uniform and attend military exercises. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

August 21, 2008 7:00 pm
The French & Indian War Society Summer Lecture Series presents The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women’s Rights. Presenter: Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.
Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives and to remove from office anyone who didn’t address the wishes and needs of the people. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had that responsibility – and more – since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores. Native American women generally had a pre-contact status which would be the envy of United States women even today. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the two major theoreticians of the early women’s rights movement, had direct knowledge of the Haudenosaunee, writing about the superior social, political, religious and economic status of women in the Iroquois nations. Their work for women’s rights, Wagner argues, was inspired by the vision they received from the Haudenosaunee of gender balance and harmony. Dr. Wagner’s program is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program. Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George, New York. Free and Open to the Public

August 23, 2008 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  ****CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER****
Guided tours of the ruins of Fort Montgomery, Rouses Point, New York. Sponsored by AARCH- Adirondack Architectural Heritage. This is a rare opportunity to explore the ruins of this historic Civil War era fort; the property is privately owned and access is prohibited to the public. These tours will be especially exciting since the ruins were recently cleared of decades of accumulated brush and vegetation. The ruins will be accessible in ways not seen since the 1940's. Last year's tours sold out early so be sure to sign up ASAP. We will be led by Jim Millard, publisher of America's Historic Lakes and author of Fort Montgomery: Through the Years, LAKE PASSAGES: A Journey through the Centuries and The Secrets of Crab Island. Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking through high grass, mud, water and the ruins. There will be two tours: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for this tour is $30 for AARCH members and $35 for non-members. Tour participants will each get a signed copy of Jim's Fort Montgomery through the years. For more information about this rare opportunity or to register for one of the tours, contact AARCH at info@aarch.org or (518) 834-9328.

August 25 to August 29, 2008
Soldier of the 24th Regiment
at Fort Lennox National Historic Site of Canada. Enroll in the 24th British Infantry Regiment and get acquainted with the different pieces of 19th century military equipment. The presentation is followed by a black powder musket demonstration. Fort Lennox National Historic Site. 1 61st Avenue. Saint-Paul-de- l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec. More information here.

August 26, 2008 12:00 pm
Fort Ticonderoga's Fife & Drum Corps performs at the Visitor Center at Saratoga National Historical Park.

August 28, 2008 7:00 pm
The French & Indian War Society Summer Lecture Series presents Native People of the Eastern Woodlands. Presenter: Justin “Crowfox” Haner, Guide and Interpreter, Fort William Henry. The Native Peoples of North America worked on and with the land for centuries before the Europeans arrived. Crowfox will present how these people worked, lived, traded and survived in the harsh northern climate. He will examine their tools and shelters as well as their view of the struggles between the colonies in the 1700s. Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George, New York. Free and Open to the Public

September 2008

September 1-October 14, 2008
"Thru the Lens" Photo Exhibit at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The many seasons and moods of Lake Champlain are beautifully reflected in this exhibit of outstanding work by professional and amateur photographers. Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here
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September 6-14, 2008
Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend. Plattsburgh, NY. More information here.

September 6, 7 2008
Annual Revolutionary War Encampment- Reenactors portraying British, German, Continental, and Native forces depict the war for (and against) American independence. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

September 12-13, 2008
Festival of Nations at Crown Point State Historic Site. 150th Birthday Party for the Crown Point Lighthouse, 1858-2008. Celebrate the cultural heritage of the nations, which during the 1700s left a lasting imprint on the Lake Champlain Valley: Canada, France, Great Britain, Native American Indian Tribes, and the United States. Included are elements of national heritage including music, crafts, food, dance, games, family activities, clothing folk life, and customs. This public festival is co-hosted by Chimney Point (VT) State Historic Site, Crown Point Reservation Campground; and Crown Point State Historic Site. The event hours are 9:30-2:30 for schools; and 4:30-6:30 on Friday and 9:30-4:30 on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair. Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, NY

September 13-14, 2008
Archaeology Weekend at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. New this year, Archaeology Weekend features on-water workshops including Native American Archaeology Workshop and Sloop Island ROV/ Shipwreck Excursion, special tours of LCMM exhibits and archaeology lab, and archaeology-themed speakers. Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here
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September 20, 2008
The Rouses Point- Champlain Historical Society presents a genealogical workshop with Julie Dowd from the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society. Workshop is open to the public. It is not required to be of French descent to attend. There will be a fee of $3 per person. Reservations are required. Contact Geri Favreau at 518-297-2064 [gfavreau@yahoo.com] by September 16 for information or to register.

September 21, 2008 4:00 pm
Shelburne Farms presents History and Spiritual Significance of Lake Champlain. On Sunday, Sept. 21 All Souls Interfaith Gathering will host its 6th annual Choral Celebration of the Earth at the Breeding Barn. The service which begins at 4 p.m., is open to all who enjoy beautiful music, an inspiring setting, and a message that will add new dimensions to understanding of Lake Champlain. The speaker is Buzz Hoerr of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain, a long-time sailor, lakeshore resident, student of history, environmental activist, and observer of how respect for nature can influence the culture of a people. He will reflect on the 12,000 year history of the lake, its importance to the people who have lived on its shores and explored its waters during those centuries, and the impact of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain here 400 years ago. The combined voices of the All Souls Choir, the In Accord vocal ensemble and the Essex Children’s Choir will make beautiful music for the event. All are welcome to attend. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT.

September 25, 2008 8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
VT Division for Historic Preservation, Chimney Point State Historic Site, Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Vermont Archaeological Society, Patti and Tim Marrinan, an Anonymous Donor, VT Humanities Council, Johnson State College, University of VT’s Center for Research on VT and Dept. of Anthropology, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Regional Educational Television Network, Strong House Inn, and other generous sponsors present Realities & Relationships at First Contacts Between Native Americans and Europeans. Join a gifted cast of Abenaki speakers, archeologists, historians, and botanists, including: Dr. William Kelso, director of archaeology for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the Jamestown Rediscovery Project and Nancy Marie Brown, author of The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman. Expect fast and lively glimpses into the complex relationships between Indigenous peoples and European explorers, soldiers, and early settlers at first contacts. Themes to be explored include: the role of women; sickness and healing; clothing and material culture, including body armor and weaponry; cooking and foodstuffs; plants and animals; Abenaki language; and exchange and trade; and others. How did these dramatically different cultures view each other? How did they live and interact together? In addition to William Kelso and Nancy Marie Brown, speakers include University of Vermont ethno-botanist Kit Anderson, Abenaki artist and activist Jeanne Brink, Abenaki scholar and performer Marge Bruchac, University of Vermont archeologist John Crock, University of Maine archeologist Ellie Cowie, Vermont historian Elsa Gilbertson, University of Vermont New France specialist Andre Senecal, University of Vermont anthropologist Cameron Wesson, and Johnson State College Professor of Humanities and Abenaki scholar Fred Wiseman. Conference organizer VT State Archeologist Giovanna Peebles is Master of Ceremonies.

Reception to follow at 5 p.m. Lunch on your own. Cost: $ 10.00 - includes reception (lunch on your own). Students free
Pre-registration encouraged but not required.
Vergennes Opera House,
120 Main St. Vergennes, Vt. 05491 (802) 877-6737
For detailed information and pre-registration go to www.historicvermont.org

October 2008

October 11, 2008  9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
SATURDAY TOURS FILLED- ADDITIONAL TOUR OFFERED for Sunday, October 12!

Guided tours of the ruins of Fort Montgomery, Rouses Point, New York. Sponsored by the Rouses Point/Champlain Historical Society. This is a rare opportunity to explore the ruins of this historic Civil War era fort; the property is privately owned and access is prohibited to the public. These tours will be especially exciting since the ruins were recently cleared of decades of accumulated brush and vegetation. The ruins will be accessible in ways not seen since the 1940's. Last year's tours sold out early so be sure to sign up ASAP.  We will be led by Jim Millard, publisher of America's Historic Lakes and author of Fort Montgomery: Through the Years, LAKE PASSAGES: A Journey through the Centuries and The Secrets of Crab Island. Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking through high grass, mud, water and the ruins.. There will be two tours. There will be a fee for these events. Tour participants will each get a signed copy of Jim's Fort Montgomery through the years. For more information about this rare opportunity or to register for one of the tours, call  518-297-6138 or e-mail Geri Favreau at gerifavreau@yahoo.com. Click here to download a promotional tour poster of the event [pdf  91k]

October 11-12, 2008
Maritime Storytelling Festival at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The first annual Lake Champlain Storytelling Festival will showcase the region’s best storytellers, historians, and fireside yarn-spinners and give them a chance to share their knowledge of the lake and its environs. Basin Harbor, Vermont. More information here
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October 13, 2008
Fort Ticonderoga closes for season.

October 14, 2008
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum closes for the season.

October 25, 26 2008
Fifth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution. Two-day seminar; advanced reservations required; call 518-585-2821 for further information. Early Bird Registration deadline is September 1, 2008. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

October 25, 2008 9 am to 4 pm
Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society presents their 2008 Annual Fall Conference. Julie Dowd from the Northern New York Canadian-French Genealogical Society will present "They Walked with Champlain" program. You will be surprised how many of your ancestors spent time with Samuel de Champlain (the 400th anniversary will be celebrated in Vermont and New York State in 2009). Many ancestors of local families traveled with Champlain and stayed to make the first permanent settlements. Pauline Cusson of the New England Historical Genealogical Society and from the Board of Directors at ACGS in Manchester, NH specializes in French - Canadian research. She will present "New England Research with an Accent." Learn some "tricks of the trade" in finding those elusive French ancestors in New England. Also, learn how to use great aunts and uncles, and go sideways in your research. Denyse Beaugrand - Champagne from the Quebec National Archives will share how she solved the "brick walls" sent in by our members earlier this year. She will teach how to use the Archives to find clues and resolve those "brick walls." Then Denyse will share the Quebec prospective about Samuel de Champlain, his life, and what it was like to live in New France (Quebec) in the 1600's.
This event is open to the public. $10 donation will be appreciated. Lunch will be available for a small fee.

From I-89 take Winooski exit 16. Go south on Route 7. Watch for Highland Avenue on your right. Turn right at Highland Avenue and proceed to the 4-way stop sign. Continue straight (street will curve to the left). Watch for large BioTek building on the left before end of street. There is a large parking lot and facilities for handi-capped. There will also be VT-FCGS signs to show the way.

October 26, 2008

Fort William Henry closes for the season.

October 31, 2008
Crown Point State Historic Site closes for the season

November 2008

November 3, 2008 7:00 pm
The Grand Isle Historical Society presents Lake Champlain’s ‘Fort Blunder’ and ‘Fort Montgomery‘ - A Closer Look  with Jim Millard. The ruins of old Fort Montgomery have fascinated local residents and travelers crossing the Rouses Point, New York/Alburgh, Vermont bridge for generations. Long a feature of North Country legend, it has for an equally long time been difficult to sort the truth from the myth about the ruins known to locals as "Fort Blunder". Jim will discuss many of the misconceptions about this mysterious structure and will share dozens of vintage photographs, plans and maps. Since he has been given unprecedented access to the deteriorating ruins for his research Jim will provide a fascinating then and now visual tour of the fort as it stands today. Grand Isle Methodist Church, 12 Hyde Road, Grand Isle, Vermont. Free and open to all.
South Hero, Vermont resident Jim Millard is the publisher of the popular America's Historic Lakes website- http://www.historiclakes.org . He is also the author of The Secrets of Crab Island, Fort Montgomery: Through the Years- A Pictorial History of the Great Stone Fort on Lake Champlain and the recently published Lake Passages: A Journey Through the Centuries. He is currently writing a second, comprehensive volume detailing the history of all of the fortifications in the Rouses Point, New York, Alburgh, Vermont area— Fort "Blunder", Fort Montgomery, and the never constructed fortifications planned for Stony and Windmill Points.


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