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2006 Calendar of History Events
In the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Richelieu River regions

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September 2006

September 2  11:00-2:00 pm
Fort Ticonderoga will host a book signing in the Log House Museum Store on Saturday September 2 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The book signing will be by Phebe Thorne, author of Camp Cooking in the Adirondacks: Easy Entertaining at The Uplands. There is no admission charge to shop at Fort Ticonderoga’s Log House Museum Store.

September 2-10
Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Festival. 

September 2- October 14
Lake Champlain Through the Lens: Juried Photography Exhibit. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum presents its 11th annual juried photography exhibit at the Museum at Basin Harbor. A range of images inspired by Lake Champlain, the vessels that ply its waters, or the mysteries beneath the waves are on display. These photographs are taken by both professionals and amateurs and may include black-and-white and/or color photographs, digital images, and photo collages. Visitors to the exhibition can cast their votes for the "People’s Choice" award, to be announced in late October. More information.

September 3
Fort Chambly National Historic Site of Canada. The cedar roof shingles craftsman. There’s more to making cedar shake (shingles) than first meets the eye. As you watch and listen to this craftsman as he goes about fashioning this important roofing material, you’ll also get an introduction into the story of how traditional French houses underwent a series of adaptations to make them better suited to the rigors of the Canadian climate. More information.

Mt. Independence State Historic Site, Photo by Jim Millard Copyright © 2004 America's Historic Lakes September 3 2:00 p.m.
Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. Archaeologist Allen Hathaway will lead the tour. Visitors will get an in depth look at the trails and learn what was happening at the site during the American Revolution. Hathaway, a very popular guide, has been visiting the Mount for many years and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Mount Independence is located on Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. Regular admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes access to all the trails and a visit to the air-conditioned visitor center with its exciting exhibits. Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. Orwell, VT. Call (802) 948-2000 for more information.

Thursday, September 7  4:00 p.m.
Vermont Governor James Douglas will unveil the new official Lake Champlain Quadricentennial logo at Burlington, Vermont's King Street Ferry Dock. This event will signify the beginning of the multi-state, multi-country 2009 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Lake Champlain. The event is a joint effort of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Lake Champlain Byways, Big Heavy World Foundation and the Lake Champlain Transportation Company.

Thursday, September 7 7:00 p.m.
Archaeologist John G. Crock,
"Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the Otter Creek Drainage." Crock, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Vermont and Director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program will highlight preliminary findings from several newly identified precontact Native American sites along Otter Creek and its tributaries. These include several sites dating to the Late Archaic period, ca. 4,000-1,000 B.C. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. More information.

Thursday September 7, 2006  7:00-9:00 p.m
The Battle of Plattsburgh of Plattsburgh Association will be hosting an auction at the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center. Bid on a wide variety of items in both live and silent auctions. Enjoy music and appetizers at the museum campus on the Old Air Force Base.  Stroll through our recently expanded facility and visit the newest exhibit, “A Call to Arms-Life of the 1812 Soldiers.”  Proceeds from the auction will help fund expanded educational programming and assist in the development of the BOPA Complex here on the Old Base in Plattsburgh.  Tickets for the auction will $8 for adults-$6 with Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend Button. For more information or to make reservations call the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814.

September 8-11
Tall ship Royaliste will be at Plattsburgh, New York for the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration festivities. The Royaliste is a living history interpretation/reenactment vessel. She is a 71' LOA gaff-rigged, square-tops'l ketch refitted to specifications of an 18th-century dispatch gunboat/bomb ketch. More information- and .

September 9-10

Revolutionary War Encampment Over 500 re-enactors on site depicting British, German, Continental, and Native forces during the war for (and against) American Independence. Battle reenactments each day beginning at 2pm.

September 10 2:00 p.m.
Many American women took their first steps beyond the private sphere of home by protesting the sin of slavery. Historian Beth Salerno will present her research on these women at Rokeby Museum on Sunday, September 10 at 2 pm. In her new books Sister Societies, she documents the ties of kinship and friendship that drew women into more than 200 female antislavery societies, including several in Vermont. Whether rural or urban, black or white, radical or conservative, women began to find a public voice in antislavery organizing. Many women moved from quiet activities such as sewing clothing for fugitive slaves to raising money through "antislavery fairs" to signing petitions to speaking in public. Society met their efforts with mobs, riots, and sharp debate. But these grass roots efforts of ordinary women helped to bring freedom to millions of enslaved African Americans - and redefined gender roles in the process.The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing. Rokeby Museum is a 90-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark designated for its Underground Railroad history. Rowland T. and Rachel Robinson were radical abolitionists who sheltered many fugitive slaves on their home. Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT. For more information call 877-3406 or e-mail at

Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Photo by Jim Millard Copyright © 2004 America's Historic Lakes September 11
A day of remembrance will be observed on Monday, September 11, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site for those who wish to contemplate or honor heroes from the past and present. The museum and facilities will be open free of charge from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The site, with its beautiful open rolling meadows and scenic mountain views, offers quiet and tranquility. The Hubbardton Battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is known as one of the best-preserved battlefields in the country and looks much as it did the day of the battle—July 7, 1777. It is located on Monument Hill Road 6 miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton or 7 miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs. For more information about the Battlefield or this event, call (802) 273-2282. The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays from 9:30 to 5:00 through Columbus Day. Regular admission is $2.00 for adults and free for children under 15.

September 14 Multiple locations and times
St. Anne's Shrine, Isle La Motte- 11:30 a.m.
Champlain Statue, Church Street, Champlain, New York- 1:30 p.m.
9 de L'eglise Street, Lacolle, P.Q.

Lake Champlain Communities Host First-Ever Interstate/International Pictorial Stamp Cancellation. September 14, 2006 will be a historic event for stamp collecting enthusiasts as communities in Vermont, New York and Quebec combine their efforts on the first ever international and interstate stamp cancellation. The International Samuel de Champlain Stamp Cancellation Day will begin with a public ceremony at St. Anne’s Shrine on Isle La Motte at 11:30 a.m. A second special cancellation will be available at 1:30 p.m. at the Samuel de Champlain statue on Church St. in Champlain, New York. The third cancellation will be issued in Lacolle, Quebec at the post office located at 9 de L’eglise St. Directions will be provided at St. Anne’s Shrine to participants.  According to the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post, this is believed to be the first time two states and two countries have partnered to host a multi-station, same-day cancellation event! The Isle La Motte public ceremony will include a welcome by Vermont Governor James Douglas; Bruce Hyde, Vermont Commissioner of Tourism & Marketing, and Chair of the Vermont Quadricentennial Commission; Bill Howland, Manager of the Lake Champlain Basin Program; Celine Paquette, Chair of the St. Anne’s Shrine Advisory Board; and dignitaries the U.S. Postal Service. The Lake Champlain Basin Program has created 100 limited-edition International Samuel de Champlain Stamp Cancellation Day postal cachets for the occasion. The cachets are only available at the St. Anne Shrine event. Isle La Motte post office staff will be on site to sell the Champlain stamp and other products. Refreshments will be served. The second postal cancellation event begins at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Samuel de Champlain statue on Church St. in Champlain, New York. Celine Paquette, Vice-Chair of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission will welcome the group and talk about efforts in New York for the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s arrival to the lake. Brenda Munnik, the officer in charge of the Champlain Post Office will talk to the group about stamp and cancellation collections. On May 28, 2006, the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post jointly issued postage stamps and a souvenir sheets commemorating the 400th anniversary of the 1606 start of Champlain’s exploration and survey of North America’s Atlantic Coast region. His explorations included his arrival at Quebec in 1608 and at Lake Champlain, in Isle La Motte, in 1609. Beginning on September 14 and for 30 days following, special pictorial stamp cancellations commemorating the journeys of Samuel de Champlain will be available at post offices Isle La Motte and Alburgh, Vermont; Champlain and Rouses Point, New York; Lacolle, Quebec, Canada.

September 15-16

Crown Point State Historic Site Festival of Nations. Canada, France, Great Britain, Native American Indian Tribes, United States. Elements of national heritage, including music, crafts, food, dance, games, family activities, clothing, folk life, customs and crowning of Miss Lake Champlain & Mr. Lake Champlain. Co-Hosted by the Historic landmarks on both sides of Lake Champlain Bridge- Crown Point State Historic Site & Chimney Point State Historic Site. Admission: $3.00 age 12-61, $2.00 age 62 & up, $1.00 age 5-11. More information: 518-597-4666

September 15-18
Tall ship Royaliste will be at Crown Point, New York. The Royaliste is a living history interpretation/reenactment vessel. She is a 71' LOA gaff-rigged, square-tops'l ketch refitted to specifications of an 18th-century dispatch gunboat/bomb ketch. More information- and .

September 16 3:00 p.m.
Grand Opening of the Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve. Join the Lake Champlain Land Trust, Isle La Motte Preservation Trust and the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Opening of the new Goodsell Ridge Preserve. Tours of the fossil preserve will be available for all. Call 802-862-4150 or write for more information.

September 16-17
250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War Commemoration. Lake George Battlefield Park, Beach Rd., Lake George
Historical re-enactors, French and Indian War time period demonstrations of camp life & battle re-enactments.

September 18-27
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's 1862 Canal Schooner Lois McClure will be at St. Albans, Vermont as she tours the northern part of Lake Champlain. More information.

September 21 7:00 p.m.

The War of 1812 Burials. Research historian and archaeologist Kathleen Kenny from the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program will present the current research by UVM CAP on the War of 1812 soldier burials recently discovered in Burlington, Vermont. A Vermont Archaeology Month program. Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Hubbardton, Vermont

September 22 7:00 p.m.
"Cornwallis Burgoyned" at Mount Independence. It was 225 years ago, in 1781, that British Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered after the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia, the dramatic beginning of the end of the American Revolution. Come to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, on Friday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. when English actor-playwright Howard Burnham presents his dramatic program, “Cornwallis Burgoyned.” The program, sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, is free and open to the public. Donations to the Coalition are appreciated. In this presentation Burnham portrays Cornwallis, who ruefully regrets his American experiences and talks about the dramatic British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781, four years after British General John Burgoyne lost his Northern Campaign and surrendered after the Battles of Saratoga. Burnham has been at Mount Independence the past three years to give his highly acclaimed interpretations of British General John Burgoyne and American General Horatio Gates. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited; first come first served. Mount Independence, one of Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 in Orwell. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.

September 23-24
Third Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution A two-day seminar bringing scholars from throughout the U.S. to present on their latest research. Space is limited for this event and advance reservations are required. Call 518-585-2821 for further information.

September 23 1:00-2:00 pm
Fort Ticonderoga will host a book signing on Saturday, September 23 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm by five authors and speakers at the Seminar on the American Revolution. The book signing will be held in the Fort Ticonderoga Log House Museum Store. There is no admission charge for visiting the museum store, nor do you need to be an attendee of the Seminar to have a book signed. Among those signing their books on the American Revolution will be William Ahearn- Muskets of the Revolution and the French & Indian War, Thomas Desjardin-Through the Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March on Quebec 1775, Don Hagist- A British Soldier’s Story: Roger Lamb’s Narrative of the American Revolution, James Nelson- Benedict Arnold’s Navy, and Rich Strum, Director of Interpretation and Education at Fort Ticonderoga will sign his book for middle school readers, Causes of the American Revolution.

October 2006

October 2-5
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's 1862 Canal Schooner Lois McClure will be at Grand Isle, Vermont as she tours the northern part of Lake Champlain. More information.

October 7-8
4th Annual War Encampment & Reenactment of Carlton's 1780 Raid on Fort George. This living history event will feature the reenactment of the Oct. 11, 1780 raid let by British Major Carlton upon Fort George. Lake George Battlefield Park, Beach Rd., Lake George, New York

Sunday, October 8 2:00 p.m.
Meet Russell M. Lea, author of "A Hero and a Spy: The Revolutionary War Correspondence of Benedict Arnold". Battlefield Visitor Center, Saratoga National Historic Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater, NY. Call 518-664-9821 x224 for information.

October 9

King's Garden Closes for the 2006 season at 4:00 p.m.

October 9
Crown Point State Historic Site Museum closes for the season. Grounds are open year-round. Crown Point State Historic Site

October 10-18
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's 1862 Canal Schooner Lois McClure will be at Plattsburgh, New York as she tours the northern part of Lake Champlain. More information.

October 22
Fort Ticonderoga Closes of the 2006 season at 5:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday October 27 & 28, 2006
Battle of Plattsburgh Association's Haunted Haunts Tours of Plattsburgh, NY
Experience first hand the murders, crimes, and unexplained events from beyond the grave haunting us in the City of Plattsburgh to this day. The Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s Second Annual Haunted Haunts Tours will take you on a hair-raising journey to the darker side of Plattsburgh’s past, unveiling its little-known history and exploring its hidden mysteries. With over 25 different sites on the tour there is sure to be a bone-chilling story for everyone. Three docent-led bus tours, each 1 ½ hours in length, will be offered on Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, With tours at 4, 6, & 8 pm. All tours will depart from the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center (31 Washington Rd). The ticket price for this spine tingling event is $10/person. Reservations are strongly recommended if you expect to have a ghost of a chance of participating in this unique historical perspective. Only 15 seats available for each tour! For more information or to make reservations, please call the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814.

November 2006

November 6 7:00 p.m.
Fort "Blunder" and Fort Montgomery- A Closer Look— A Multimedia Presentation by Jim Millard
Click here to learn how you can purchase "FORT MONTGOMERY: Through the years..." by Jim MillardSouth Hero, Vermont resident Jim Millard is the publisher of the popular America's Historic Lakes website- . He is also the author of The Secrets of Crab Island and Fort Montgomery: Through the Years- A Pictorial History of the Great Stone Fort on Lake Champlain, published in 2005 by America's Historic Lakes. He is currently writing a second, comprehensive volume detailing the history of all of the fortifications in the Rouses Point, New York area — Fort "Blunder", Fort Montgomery, and the never constructed fortifications planned for Stony and Windmill Points.
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. He will have copies of both of his books available for signing and sale.  The event is free and open to all. South Hero Community Library, Folsom School, South Street, South Hero, VT

November 29 7:00 p.m.
Industrial Archaeology Lecture.
Walk through the woods in some parts of the state and you could find a pile of rubble that looks coincidental, but might once have been part of Vermont’s commercial infrastructure. Bennington-based archaeologist Victor Rolando has been cataloguing and investigating the tree-covered ruins of blast furnaces, ironworks, and charcoal and lime kilns for years, tramping through forests and ferreting out details from local historical societies, libraries and residents with long memories. In an illustrated talk introducing the history of “stuff that’s hidden in plain sight,” Rolando sums up work on industrial sites discovered since publication of his 1992 tome 200 Years of Soot and Sweat, and draws connections between his physical finds and centuries-gone manufacturing jobs. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, Vermont. Free. Information 878-6955

December 2006

December 8 7:00 p.m.
Come explore recent developments at Crab Island at the War of 1812 Museum theater. The Battle of Plattsburgh Association hosts John Rock and Post 1619 as they look back on their 5-year involvement on Crab Island through photos and video. See how the island that played a pivotal role in the Battle of Plattsburgh as a hospital, burial ground, and battleground is coming alive with activity once more. See footage from the triumphant flagpole raising in 2003 to the battle with the tallship Royaliste September 11, 2006.

Want to learn more? Come to the War of 1812 Museum (5 Washington Rd Old Base), Friday evening December 8 to see dynamic footage of events on Crab Island. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 518-566-1814. Plattsburgh, New York.

December 10 1:00 p.m to 4 p.m.
Rokeby Museum will host its annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 10 from 1 to 4 pm. It's a wonderful time to visit, with the house decked out for the holidays and the old harvest table in the kitchen spread with seasonal treats. Guides will be posted throughout the house to relate stories of the Robinson family and answer questions. So join us for a glass of punch, a cookie, and conversation. In keeping with the Robinson family legacy of giving and concern for others, we ask guests to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food shelf.

Rokeby Museum is a 90-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. It was home to four generations of Robinsons from 1793 to 1961; today, it offers an intimate glimpse into nearly 200 years of family life. The Museum is located in Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. For more information, call or e-mail Jane Williamson 802-877-3406 or .

December 20 2:00 p.m.
The Battle of Plattsburgh Association/War of 1812 Museum will be hosting a dedication ceremony on Wednesday December 20th at 2pm to formally dedicate the KeyBank Gallery at the War of 1812 Museum and showcase the newly displayed painting by Julian Davidson The Battle of Lake Champlain. KeyBank donated the painting depicting the naval portion of the Battle of Plattsburgh, painted in 1884, to the Battle of Plattsburgh Association. In appreciation of this gift, the painting will be permanently displayed in the KeyBank Gallery.

The ceremony will be held at the Battle of Of Plattsburgh Association/War of 1812 Museum on the Old Base. Speakers at the ceremony will include City of Plattsburgh Mayor Jack Stewart and KeyBank Representatives Anne Cutaiar and Rick Rogers. For more information call the Battle of Plattsburgh Association at 518-566-1814.

January 2007

January 3, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Tom Hughes, site manager at Crown Point State Historic Site, presents “America’s First Public Sector Historic Site: Washington’s Newburgh Headquarters, established 1850,” as the kick off for the 2007 Ticonderoga Community Program Series. Before becoming site manager at Crown Point State Historic Site, Tom Hughes managed the Washington’s Headquarters site in Newburgh for twenty years. Washington’s Headquarters became a state historic site in 1850, the first publicly-preserved historic site in the country. During his presentation, Hughes will talk about the history of the site and how it became an historic site.

This program is free and open to the public, thanks in part to a grant from the South Lake Champlain Trust. In the event of inclement weather, please call 585-2821 for the status of the program. Program Location: Fort Ticonderoga’s Thompson-Pell Research Center, New York Route 74, Ticonderoga, New York. For further information about the lecture series call Fort Ticonderoga at 518-585-2821.

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