Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin

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Chapter 9: Cultural Heritage and Recreation Resources

Action:

Provide support for needed historical and archeological research and accelerate the identification, evaluation, protection, and interpretation of heritage resources, including ethnographies of the cultures within the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

Task

Support historical and archeological research and documentation.

  • Task ID #: 9.1.1
  • Lead Partners: LCBP

Task Comments

  • Date Posted: 05/08/12
  • Update Relevancy: 06/11 - 02/12
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Bouquet/Ausable, Saranac/Chazy
  • Jurisdiction: NY

Through a $10,000 Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the CVNHP/LCBP, the Clinton County Historical Association researched and developed a new museum exhibit interpreting the association’s vast inventory of Native American artifacts. The “Cultural Crossroads/Contested Territory: 12,000 Years of Occupation” exhibit includes eight separate displays focused on Native American history and culture ranging from the Paleolithic era to today.

The grant allowed the association to focus on its collection of Native American artifacts and make information about the collection more accessible to students and researchers; it also created a forum for local collectors and educators to bring in objects, share information, loan items for the exhibit and learn more about the earliest inhabitants of what has become Clinton County and about their continuing legacy. Since the association made new connections that led to additional information and loans to process, interpretive elements were adapted to reflect more local material that has a provenance to known sites within the county.

The grant also provided funding for an assessment of the association’s collection of resources relating to Franco-American heritage in Clinton County. The association determined major interpretive themes for approaching the subject and will work to develop these further towards the planning of a future exhibit. The themes include Language & Education, Naming, Early French/Franco American Influence, Professions & Trades, Family Life, Religious Life/The Church, Celebrations & Festivals, On the Border, and Fraternity/Mutual Aid.

  • Date Posted: 05/08/12
  • Update Relevancy: 04/11 - 03/12
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain, Winooski
  • Jurisdiction: VT

Through a $10,000 Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the CVNHP/LCBP, the City of Burlington placed a Quadricentennial time capsule in the Champlain 400 Plaza Pocket Park on the Burlington Waterfront. The 2109 Time Capsule was placed in a vault below a commemorative marker in park, which includes an inlaid map of Lake Champlain along with seating and greenery. Samuel de Champlain’s description of the lake in his 1609 journals is engraved on the monument in both French and English.

The project is in line with the strategic plan of the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission which states: “We will assist our future colleagues on the Lake Champlain Quincentenary Commission arrival with planning for at least one commemorative event in 2109.”

The capsule contains historical materials as well as items representative of 2009. It will be opened in 2106 to provide an early event for the 500th anniversary commemoration of Champlain’s exploration of the lake.

  • Date Posted: 11/03/11
  • Update Relevancy: 05/11 - 11/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Bouquet/Ausable, Saranac/Chazy
  • Jurisdiction: NY

The Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) received a Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the CVNHP to research and interpret the region’s Native American and Franco-American heritage. The Native American research will result in a new exhibit at the Association’s museum utilizing CCHA’s extensive collection of indigenous artifacts. The association is also developing an inventory of Franco-American objects, documents and stories that will serve as the basis for a future exhibit.

  • Date Posted: 06/13/11
  • Update Relevancy: 06/11 - 01/12
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain, Saranac/Chazy
  • Jurisdiction: NY

This archive project entails surveying and processing the papers, photographs, minutes of meetings, and commemorative memorabilia pertaining to the 2009 New York Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission and its commemorative activities and events. This collection, gathered by Dr. Celine Racine Paquette, Vice-Chair of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission (2002-2009) will be permanently housed at the Samuel de Champlain History Center, Champlain, New York.

  • Date Posted: 06/13/11
  • Update Relevancy: 06/11 - 01/12
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain
  • Jurisdiction: NY/QC/VT

The Adirondack Center for Writing’s Native American Writers Series is showcasing regional Abenaki, Mohawk, and other Native writers in venues in New York and Vermont. These cultural events provide opportunities to research, interpret, and celebrate native heritage and its relation to the rich history of the Lake Champlain region.

An important element of this project is that each of these public readings will be professionally recorded and made available for free as podcasts on the Adirondack Center for Writing web site as well as the web sites of our partnering organizations and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. These recordings serve, not only as a means of experiencing these cultural events any time on the internet, but they also provide a documented snap shot of the attitudes, interpretations, and impressions of these Native American writers and of their audiences, revealing how we as a region understood our cultural heritage of the Lake Champlain Basin in the summer of 2011.

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