Vergennes Middle School FUSION: History Under Your Feet

This past spring, LCMM educators and AmeriCorps service member Eileen led Vergennes Middle School students in a search for the history lying under their school grounds.

Starting with historic maps and current satellite imaging, students located a slaughter house on the edge of the school property.

Over the next few weeks, they dug a one meter by one meter test excavation, following standard archaeological practices. What they found was consistent with a late 19th/early 20th century building, and included glass, brick, burned material, nails, pottery, and even a decorated pipe bowl!

The students wrote a report on their findings, reprinted below.

“Report on archaeology at Vergennes Union High School during fusion after school program. May Two Thousand Sixteen. During the first day of archaeology we were looking at some maps. They were modern and old. We looked for a spot with no modern activity. We looked for a slaughter house that used to be next to the high school. To narrow down our target location we surveyed the ground around the school and dug two shovel test pits. One test pit showed modern landscaping. Test pit two showed 19 Century artifacts. After we found our site we decided to dig a 1 by 1 meter square pit. We found over 20 items that we cataloged including a pipe bowl, square nails, and burnt wood. Everything we found appears to be 19 century or early 20 century. We did not find anything directly linked to the slaughter house but we have found nails that could have been from a building from that time period. After completing our dig we examined the artifacts, sketch them, described, measured, and cataloged them. It is our professional opinion that this site should be studied further.” ~ Kenny, Ava, & Zack

Interested in archaeology at LCMM? We’ll be doing more archaeology programs soon, so watch this space!

L. Francis Herreshoff Lecture and Book Signing with speaker: Captain Roger Taylor

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L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer by Roger C. Taylor chronicles the life and work of the most remarkable yacht designer of his time. Meet the author at an illustrated lecture and book signing on Tuesday Oct. 18, 5-7:30pm. Proceeds benefit Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Education Programs.

About L. Francis Herreshoff: L. Francis Herreshoff was a remarkable yacht designer, known for his unconventional designs and his innovative engineering of hull and rig. He began his career in the shadow of his famous father, Nathanael G. Herreshoff. This publication, heavily illustrated with 166 plans and 124 illustrations including 9 foldout pages, tells a comprehensive story of his life. Volume one ends with his design of the unorthodox J-boat Whirlwind, a contender for the defense of the America’s Cup in 1930, a definite turning point in Herreshoff’s life and work. The forthcoming volume 2 will feature the famous cruising designs of his later career.
About the Author: Roger Taylor is familiar to many Champlain Valley residents as the captain of LCMM’s schooner Lois McClure and 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II. Taylor is a professional mariner with unusually wide experience, including a working familiarity with boats built to many of Herreshoff’s designs. He is the author of seven books on yacht design and seamanship. In his youth, Taylor was acquainted with Herreshoff, and as the founder of International Marine Publishing Company, he published Herreshoff’s Sensible Cruising Designs and An L. Francis Herreshoff Reader.
Mystic Seaport commissioned Taylor to write Herreshoff’s biography gave him access to the L. Francis Herreshoff Collection at the Museum. Taylor studied the entire collection of plans and letters, and consulted yachting books and magazines. He conducted dozens of in-depth interviews with Herreshoff’s relatives and friends and with owners of Herreshoff boats. The result is a highly readable book that provides insight into Herreshoff’s personality, the evolution of his designs, his sailing background, his reliance on intuition and proportion instead of mathematical or engineering calculations, and his stature among contemporary designers of that era.

Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, 60 Main Street
Burlington, Vermont

Doors open at 5pm
5-6pm, Reception with light refreshments and cash bar.
Program begins 6pm

Admission
$15 LCMM Members
$25 Non-Members
$50 Patron, (listing in the program)

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SeaPerch ROV Lake Adventure Camps, 2016

Lake-Adventure-Camps-500-200-1Two weeks of SeaPerch camps are done! Thank you campers! We had a great time, and wanted to share the videos taken by camper’s ROVs. Enjoy!

SeaPerch kits can carry a GoPro video camera and they bring back some fun footage from under the waves of Lake Champlain.  Check out even MORE photos over on our Facebook Page.

Week One Dive Footage

 

Week Two Dive Photos: During the Week Two dive we set the GoPro to photo burst mode to capture anything the ROV saw.

 

 

ROV “Dave” got stuck on the bottom of the lake and Operation Save Dave was formed to recover him.

SeaPerch Building with Mt Abe Middle/High School

During the Spring of 2016 a group of Middle and High School students at Mt. Abraham in Bristol, VT, build and flew SeaPerch ROV Kits. They learned how to fly Eva, LCMM’s LBV150 ROV, explored a shipwreck on the bottom of Lake Champlain, built and pool tested their own ROV’s,and finally tested them in the Lake!

Learn How 26 pieces of lead changed the American Revolution

Learn How 26 pieces of lead changed the American Revolution

(Hint: they weren’t musket balls)

 DSC_2640Learn how 26 pieces of lead printing type changed the course of the American Revolution during an informative and entertaining discussion of colonial printers, their secrets, and their penchant for stirring up trouble for the Crown. At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Rabble in Arms Weekend August 6-7, master letterpress printer Ronald Kermani will show how colonial printers set type, printed pamphlets by hand one at a time, and distributed these

thought-provoking anti-British missives throughout the colonies. “During the Revolution, the printing press was as powerful as the largest army in defeating the British,” Kermani asserts.

 During the program, Kermani will handset lead printing type and print Revolutionary War-style items on the museum’s vintage hand press.  Attend his session and you may receive a personalized printed souvenir of the Rabble in Arms weekend! Along the way, you can learn about the history of printing, the invention of moveable metal type and printing presses in Europe, and the introduction of the printing craft to the Colonies. Kermani became immersed in typography and printing while studying at Syracuse University. Along the way, he has taught graphic arts and letterpress printing, founded the award-winning Kermani Press, and amassed a sizeable collection of antique wood and metal foundry types which he donated to the Albany Institute of History and Art.

 KLJ_1117While the centerpiece of this event is LCMM’s replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia, the Rabble in Arms weekend also provides a chance to see other eighteenth century skills in action, including encampment food preparation and open fire cooking presented by reenactors with years of experience in colonial cookery. Kids will have the chance to join the Colonial Army and learn musket drills (with wooden muskets of course), and much more! On-water battle demonstration at 1 pm each day brings to life the confrontation between rebelling colonists and British forces on Lake Champlain. Camp is open 10-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday.

 KLJ_1067Want to learn more about Nautical Archaeology? A selection of maps, documents, and photographs from the collection of Lake Champlain historian Peter Barranco provides glimpses into the Battle of Valcour Island, the War of 1812, Lake Champlain’s steamboats, and the ten-year sonar survey of Lake Champlain’s 300+ shipwrecks.

 KLJ_1057Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is open daily through October 9. Check online for Special admission package of Museum/Lunch/Cruise, and for more information about Courses and Workshops and “60 Minute Experiences” in glass blowing, blacksmithing, and metal work. Find out more about LCMM at www.lcmm.org, on Facebook, or call (802) 475-2022.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

 

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Friday July 28, Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30

Schooner Lois McClure, at Perkins Pier. Boarding hours 10am-4pm.

Step aboard Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s replica 1862 canal schooner, based on two historic shipwrecks in Burlington Bay. Explore the deck, cabin, and cargo hold, and view exhibit on the history of Burlington.

 

Saturday July 30

Champlain Longboats Rowing Opportunities, at Perkins Pier 10am-3pm

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s colorful 32’ rowing boats are built by students in the Museum Boat Shop, and used for After School Youth Rowing, Adult Community Rowing, and regional competitions. Learn the basics and go for a row! (Weather permitting)

 

Sunday Morning July 31

Log Rolling, at Burlington Boathouse 10am – 12:30 and 1-3pm

Danielle Rougeau, coach of the Middlebury College Log Rolling Club, demonstrates the traditional skill of maneuvering floating 12’ wooden and synthetic logs. Bring your bathing suit and try it for yourself! (Weather permitting)

Champlain Longboats Rowing Opportunities, at Perkins Pier 10am-2pm

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s colorful 32’ rowing boats are built by students in the Museum Boat Shop, and used for After School Youth Rowing, Adult Community Rowing, and regional competitions. Learn the basics and go for a row! (Weather permitting)

Lake Champlain Sailing Center’s Water Works Fair

Waterfront Park, adjacent to ECHO, 10am-2pm

Visit Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s shoreside activity at the Water Works Fair. Complete five activities to earn a voucher for a ride in the Champlain Longboats at Perkins Pier. (Weather permitting)

Do You Want to See a Shipwreck?

We sometimes ask our visitors to guess how many shipwrecks lie at the bottom of beautiful Lake Champlain. The answers vary – 10? 20? 100? Believe it or not, all those guesses are lower than the actual number! There are actually over three hundred shipwrecks at the bottom of this historic lake. Lake Champlain has been an important strategic waterway for hundreds of years, from its tactical significance during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to its use as a key thoroughfare for industry ships and luxury steamliners during the 19th century. With so many ships traversing the lake, it’s no small wonder some of them ended up on the bottom – and the dark, cold waters preserve the wrecks remarkably well.

At the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, part of our mission involves cataloguing these fascinating these archaeological resources. Now you can explore them too – without getting wet!

Take a one-hour tour with us to see a historic shipwreck via ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), which streams video in real time as we share the vessel’s incredible story. This all-ages experience is sure to captivate your whole family!

For more information or to book your place, visit our Shipwreck Tours page. Happy exploring!

Video Production Lake Adventure Camp 2016

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Video Production Lake Adventure Camp 2016 has come and gone, but we have the films to remember the week! Here is one of the videos our campers shot and produced of a rowing adventure on Lake Champlain.

Campers shot and edited videos while rowing, learning to blacksmith, hiking, and even snorkeling! They leaned to shoot with GoPro cameras to tell the story of their adventures on, in, and around Lake Champlain and how to edit their footage using Adobe Premiere.

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Get Out on the Water at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Annual Challenge Race!

Get Out on the Water at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Annual Challenge Race
 
Calling all paddlers, rowers, and on-water adventurers! The annual Lake Champlain Challenge Race is coming up on Sunday July 10, 2016 at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont. The Challenge Race follows a three mile triangular course which includes some of most beautiful scenery on Lake Champlain.  The registration fee of $25.00 per person includes museum admission for two. Registration starts at 9:30 and the race begins at 11:00 and is open to all types of human-powered boats: singles, doubles, kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats, 6 oar or 20 oar! Minors can participate with parental permission. Bring your own boat, or sign up to reserve one of ours — a few canoes and kayaks will be available on a first-come basis. All boaters must provide their own PFDs. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Community Rowing Club will provide a free buffet lunch on the Museum grounds for all participants after the race.
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In recent years, the Sunday Challenge Race has become a destination for rowers coming from across New England and Canada to camp at nearby campgrounds for three days.  They assemble at the museum on Saturday for informal racing and social gatherings before retiring to their campsites and hotels for the night.  “A large contingent of enthusiastic rowers are coming from Picton, Ontario for their third annual voyage and competition against the Americans, bringing with them numerous supporters,” says Lisa Percival, who coordinates LCMM’s Community Rowing Club. “We are expecting teams from New Haven, CT, and Plymouth, Hull, and Gloucester MA. There will be teams from our local adult community rowing club, current students and alumni from our high school rowing program, and of course lots of people who just love to kayak or canoe.” 
 
Among the Challenge Race participants this year is a team of eight women and four men that will travel to Northern Ireland in late July for the St. Ayles’ Skiff World Championships at Strangford Lough, County Down. The New England team will include four rowers each from LCMM, Hull Lifesaving Museum, and Gloucester Gig Rowers. LCMM men will also team up with a club from near Kingston, Ontario for certain races. The event in Ireland will field crews from about 50 clubs representing at least 8 countries. LCMM constructed two St. Ayles Skiffs in 2011, and sent a team to the first “SkiffieWorlds” event in Ullapool, Scotland, in 2013. 
 
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Community Rowing Club and Rowing For Racing meet weekly at the Museum’s Ferrisburgh campus. For information contact Lisa Percival,lisap@lcmm.org . The Museum is open daily from 10-5 through October 9. Additional rowing and racing events take place in the autumn and early spring. Find out more about LCMM at www.lcmm.org , on Facebook, or call (802) 475-2022.
 

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Hosts Award-Winning Author Nathaniel Philbrick  

 

For Information Contact: Eloise Beil, Community Relations Manager, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum eloiseb@lcmm.org (802) 475-2022 ext. 107
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PhilbrickOn Tuesday, June 7, award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick makes a special appearance in Burlington in support of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM)’s education programs. The event celebrates the release of Philbrick’s new book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. “Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is delighted to celebrate the publication of this new work,” comments LCMM Executive Director Mike Smiles. “Nathaniel Philbrick puts this important Champlain Valley story into its national context.” The program, which includes book signing, lecture and reception, will be held at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center at 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Seating is limited and reservations are required; tickets are available online at www.lcmm.org or by phone 802 475-2022.

Released in May, Philbrick’s book has brought renewed national attention to Lake Champlain’s part in the American struggle for independence, and the tragic relationship of George Washington and Benedict Arnold. In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental army under novice commander George Washington evacuated New York. Three weeks later, Benedict Arnold’s hastily assembled American fleet miraculously succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain. Although Washington relied on Arnold as a trusted and brilliant officer, the ending of the story is common knowledge: Arnold’s decision to transfer his allegiance to the British made his name synonymous with traitor. Reexamining the crucial period in which the hero of Valcour Island became embittered and alienated while the emerging nation struggled to figure out how it should be led, Philbrick’s narrative is a timely reminder that the real threat to American liberties sometimes comes from within.

phil_sailIn 1991, LCMM staff and volunteers built a full-sized, working replica of Benedict Arnold’s gunboat Philadelphia. The vessel remains the most popular exhibit at the Museum campus. In 1997, the Museum’s team of nautical archaeologists located the last missing gunboat from Arnold’s fleet upright and intact at the bottom of the lake; LCMM co-founder and Director Emeritus Art Cohn continues to work with the U. S. Navy on planning for the future of the historic shipwreck. Artifacts in LCMM’s Key to Liberty exhibit reveal numerous other personal stories uncovered by the Museum’s archaeological fieldwork and research: fragments of the cannon that exploded on the gunboat New York, killing 26 year old Lt. Thomas Rogers, are displayed alongside a replica of the gravestone erected by “his grieving widow Molly.” The struggles of Jeduthan Baldwin, engineer in charge of building the log bridge across the lake in the winter of 1777 accompany a massive timber that recently washed up on the lake shore; the recollections of Bayze Wells, from Farmington, Connecticut, who kept a journal of his experiences on board one of Arnold’s gunboats have become the soundtrack of a video about the battle.