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Samuel de Champlain was the first European to reach Lake Champlain
Samuel de Champlain was the first European to reach Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Quad celebrates a forgotten explorer and a neglected landscape

This summer, Lake Champlain will be ringed with events - in New York, Vermont and Quebec. Towns along the shore will be celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of French Explorer Samuel de Champlain. Champlain was the first European to reach the lake in 1609. Organizers hope to do more this summer than just throw a big party. Historians, writers and archeologists see the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial as a way to re-introduce what they see as a neglected landscape. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Preview: music from the King's court to a cajun kitchen

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

16th century music to welcome 2009

This past Sunday Hill and Hollow Music continued its year-long celebration of the Champlain Quadricentennial with a performance by the Chris Norman Ensemble. The sold-out concert at the Church in the Hollow in Saranac began with a 16th century English song that somehow seemed appropriate for this New Year's holiday.  Go to full article
Champlain Memorial Lighthouse
Champlain Memorial Lighthouse

Crown Point lighthouse reborn for Quadricentennial

Next year, marks the 400th Anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the valley that now bears his name. After the voyage, the region saw bloody warfare and burgeoning international trade for more than 250 years. Then, in the calm that preceded the Civil War, military officers called for the construction of a lighthouse at Crown Point, NY. It's a critical spot where Lake Champlain narrows. The structure has taken on a life and historical significance far beyond its original intent. In 1909, thousands of people, including President William Taft and other heads of state, converged on Crown Point to celebrate the Champlain expedition's 300th Anniversary. The state Department of Environmental Conservation spent months refurbishing the lighthouse in hopes of staging another grand event next year. Chuck Vandrei is New York's historic preservation officer. He gave Jonathan Brown a tour of what is now known as the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse.  Go to full article
President Taft celebrating Champlain's arrival in 1909
President Taft celebrating Champlain's arrival in 1909

Lake Champlain 400th celebration looks for spark

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
Jessica Nelson searches for traces of French history

At Crown Point, unearthing the drama of French history in the North Country

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

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