Potsdam, NY, Nov 09, 2012 — Veterans Day is this Sunday - a time to honor the service of all U.S. military veterans. A Potsdam woman traveled to a small village in France to retrace her father's footsteps during World War Two. Robin Collen's father, Leonard, served in the Army Air Corps. When his plane was shot down over France, he parachuted to safety and was rescued by local villagers.
As a child, Collen remembered tissue paper-thin air mail envelopes from France, and occasional war stories from her dad. When her father died in 2000, he left behind a map and note about the experience and his French rescuers.
A few years ago, after some web research, Collen says she was curious and determined to revisit her father's past. She and her husband, Bruce, traveled to rural France to try to connect with one of the women who helped hide her father from the Nazis more than 60 years ago. She wrote an essay to honor his experience and shared her thoughts with Todd Moe. Go to full article
Saranac, NY, Feb 06, 2009 — Hill and Hollow Music in Saranac continues its commemoration of the Champlain Quadricentennial this Sunday with music that takes its influence from many styles and many centuries, all of it celebrating music of France and lands touched by French culture. Joel Hurd has a preview. Go to full article
President Taft celebrating Champlain's arrival in 1909
Jul 18, 2008 — Organizers of next year's 400th anniversary celebration on Lake Champlain say they're struggling to build momentum and funding for the event. Frenchman Samuel de Champlain was the first European explorer to reach the lake in 1609. As Todd Moe reports, historians and local activists hope to match big commemorations held in the past. Go to full article
Jessica Nelson searches for traces of French history
Jul 18, 2008 — As part of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial celebration, researchers in Crown Point have begun a new archaeological dig. The peninsula was occupied by a French garrison for a quarter-century, beginning in the 1730s. But researchers think they may have also found the site of an early village. Brian Mann visited the work site and sent this audio postcard.
Program Note: Tune in on Monday when we'll return to Crown Point for another chapter of the town's history. Jonathan Brown reports on efforts to save a local cemetery where heroes of the Civil War are buried. Go to full article
Jul 14, 2005 — In the early 1600s, French Jesuit priests paddled hundreds of miles up the St. Lawrence River. They settled on the fertile land by the river's source at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. It's estimated a third of today's population in northern Jefferson County is descended from those French settlers. Last weekend, Cape Vincent held its 37th annual French Festival to celebrate that heritage. North Country Public Radio was also celebrating there. It was the grand opening of our new translator in Cape Vincent, reaching listeners at 93.9 FM. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard. Go to full article