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Chapter 9: Cultural Heritage and Recreation Resources


Connect, promote, and improve cultural and natural heritage sites through interpretation.


Support pilot projects that utilize emerging interpretive technologies.

  • Task ID #: 9.9.4
  • Lead Partners: LCBP

Task Comments

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

Through a $10,000 grant from the CVNHP/LCBP, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center developed the “Indigenous Expressions: Contemporary Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin Audio Project.” Using QR codes and cell phones, the new interpretation brings the spoken voice to a collection of photographs of contemporary Native Americans in the Champlain Valley.

ECHO has worked in close collaboration with the Native American community in Vermont and New York since 2007 in preparation for the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial commemoration. The museum/community partnership developed an exhibit: “Indigenous Expressions: Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin,” which is a collection of thirteen Native American exhibits and a contemporary Portrait Gallery with twenty photographs of self-selected families and individuals from throughout the Basin.

The partnership also developed and presented a wide variety of Native American public programs for all ages in 2009-2010, including “Materials of Culture: 10,200 years of Abenaki Clothing, Ceremony, and Implements,” a 1609 Abenaki Encampment, a photoethnography program and dance performances with “The Circle of Courage” dancers from Swanton, VT, and lectures from Native scholars.

During the 13-day International Waterfront Festival in July 2009, ECHO and the Native community welcomed 8,604 guests to our Native American events, and over 275,000 visited the exhibits. Inspired by this amicable partnership, and with previous permission, ECHO expanded its work with the Basin’s Native community to collect, share, and archive interviews, traditional cultural and natural sounds, and music, to produce a myriad of audio from Native soundscapes (a combination of sounds that form an immersive environment) to first-person stories. The audio project extends cultural interpretation and programming that began during the Quadricentennial and brings to life the material culture and life-way traditions that ECHO currently shares with its guests.

  • Date Posted: 11/07/11
  • Update Relevancy: 05/11 - 11/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Bouquet/Ausable, Grand Isle, Lake Champlain
  • Jurisdiction: NY/VT

The War of 1812 Interpretive Trail was inaugurated on September 5, 2011, just prior to the Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend in Plattsburgh, New York. Exhibits have been developed for Dewey’s Tavern, Pliny Moore House and Commissary/Encampment/Raid in Champlain; Pike’s Cantonment and Halsey’s Corners in the Town of Plattsburgh; Culver Hill and 1st Bloody Encounter in Beekmantown; and the Kent-Delord House and African-American heritage at the site of the Melancton Smith home in the City of Plattsburgh; the U.S./Canada Border in Alburgh; and the USS Saratoga in Schuylerville.

The CVNHP provided interpretive, translation and design assistance along with complete fabricated interpretive signs—an estimated $1,500 value—at 11 sites. Each new sign includes a “QR code” for use by “smartphones,” which when the code is photographed by the phone, the user is directed to a website.

The project was partially funded through a partnership with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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