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


Promote cultural exchanges and international scholarship programs.


Support research and scholarship focusing on cross-border relationships of New York, Québec, Vermont, and other nations and cultures that relate to the Making of Nations, Corridor of Commerce, or Conservation and Community interpretive themes.

  • Task ID #: 9.11.1
  • 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: 05/07/12
  • Update Relevancy: 05/11 - 02/12
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Winooski
  • Jurisdiction: NY

Burlington City Arts received a $10,000 grant from the CVNHP/LCBP to edit and produce recordings of “From the New World,” “The Making of From the New World” and the “Queen City Radio Hour”—programs developed for the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial.

Burlington City Arts also produced a commemorative book on the activities during the 13-day International Waterfront Festival. The four-color bound book includes insights and reflections from festival director Jay Craven, the French Consulate in Boston, Abenaki scholar Fred Wiseman, broadcaster Fran Stoddard, the Quebec Minister of Culture, Franco-American actress Abby Paige, Abenaki folklorist Marge Bruchac, and Franco-American businessman Ernie Pomerleau.

The DVDs and book were packaged together in a commemorative set for distribution to state archives, UVM special collections, and to select public libraries along the Lake Champlain Basin in Chittenden, Franklin and Addison Counties

Associated Files

  • Date Posted: 11/03/11
  • Update Relevancy: 05/11 - 11/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: 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: 11/02/11
  • Update Relevancy: 07/11 - 08/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Lake Champlain, Poultney-Mettowee/South, Saranac/Chazy, Winooski
  • Jurisdiction: NY/VT

Between July 7, 2011 and August 27, 2011, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) presented five regional Native American writers—David Fadden, Doug George, Joe Bruchac, Jesse Bruchac, and Robin Kimmere—at four events in New York and Vermont.

The ACW carefully chose organizations or institutions that have a deep appreciation for the cultural legacy of Native Americans in the region. Each venue helped to promote the events, mobilizing their membership base and their local media sources. Attendance at these events was impressive and a direct result of the collaboration between ACW and each of these partners.
Each of the following partners hosted one of the readings:
1.) Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York.
2.) Samuel Champlain Cultural Center, Champlain, New York
3.) ECHO, Burlington, Vermont
4.) The Paul Smiths VIC, Paul Smiths, New York

Each of these events was professionally videotaped by Joel Hurd of North Country Public Radio. Links to videos of the events are available at : http://www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org/index.php?p=23.

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

During July 2009, the City of Burlington staged a 13-day International Waterfront Festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s expedition into the lake that today bears his name. The festival attracted more than 100,000 people and included artists, diplomats, and cultural activists from Québec, France, and the Abenaki, Mohawk, Iroquois, and Huron nations. The Burlington International Waterfront Festival featured more than 100 Champlain-themed theater performances, concerts, food events, film screenings, a performance parade, and a dance spectacular, “From the New World,” featuring 60 Vermont, Québec, and Native dancers. Historians met at Champlain College to re-consider the Champlain legacy – and affirm the leading roles played in 1609 by First Nations leaders. An authentic 17th century Abenaki Cultural Village and Indigenous Signature Event highlighted native culture and ideas, attracting thousands of people—and capacity crowds turned out for Abby Paige’s original theater performance, “Piecework: When We Were French,” exploring the region’s Franco-American heritage. The July 11th Champlain parade unfolded despite a deluge, with rain-soaked spectators cheering more than a thousand hip-hop dancers, prancing horses, stunning black stilted puppets—and more. The Champlain festival ended with a performance of Victoria Chaplin’s “cirque nouveau” spectacle, “Aurelia’s Oratorio.” Its vivid theatrical dreamscape evoked thoughts of Samuel de Champlain’s reputed use of his dreams as guideposts to his expeditions. These 13 days in Burlington are among the most memorable to date for residents and visitors alike.

The effort cemented relationships between Vermont, Quebec and France that will have a lasting economic and cultural effect for years to come. Keeping the value of these memories and relationships at the forefront of diplomatic affairs will be a new challenge for leaders in the next 100 years. To this end, our proposal is to produce the following materials from Burlington’s 13 day event:
• Design and publication of a commemorative book, including photos and essays
• Final cut production of From the New World
• Editing and post production of the Making of From the New World
• 200 DVD copies of From the New World and The Queen City Radio Hour

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