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Ecology Workshop at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Matt Witten on Nov 4, 2015 3:17:37 PM

Looking north to Quebec with a strong wind arriving cold in our teeth from the same direction, we were ready to net fish at 7:00am on October 2. The temperature there at Missisquoi Bay had barely topped forty degrees and we had to wade into Lake Champlain.

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Topics: Education, ecology, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, lake champlain

LCMM Hosts Youth Rowing Races on Burlington Waterfront October 10

Posted by Nick Patch on Oct 6, 2015 9:48:22 AM

On Saturday October 10, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program will hold its annual youth rowing race in Burlington, The James Wakefield Rescue Row. The race is named after James Wakefield who was responsible for the courageous rescue of the passengers and crew of canal schooner General Butler on December 9, 1876 when the vessel crashed into the Burlington breakwater during a fierce winter gale.

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing

LCMM Receives Funding to Assess Shipwreck for Inclusion in Preserve

Posted by Chris Sabick on Aug 28, 2015 12:32:22 PM

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant award from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) to investigate and recommend an additional shipwreck for inclusion in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve.

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LCMM Launches Rowing Program in Champlain, NY

Posted by Nick Patch on Aug 28, 2015 10:46:29 AM

The Village of Champlain, New York, in partnership with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is launching a rowing program for youth and adults on the Great Chazy River and Lake Champlain. Janet McFetridge, a retired school teacher and current trustee in Champlain, New York, has spearheaded the effort with the help of volunteers Aaron Merrill and Bill Wrye together with Mayor Greg Martin and Village Superintendent Mike Jolicoeur. Community members responded with enthusiasm during the summer, and rowing opportunities continue into the fall. “Team rowing is a safe, supportive and fun way for people to get out on Lake Champlain,” says Ms. McFetridge. “More than 450 students and adults are out rowing on the open waters of the lake each year, and we are excited to have Champlain Village join this growing movement.”

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Schooner "Lois McClure" Travels for Restoration this Fall

Posted by Mike Smiles on Aug 24, 2015 7:30:12 PM

Burlington, VT – On Monday, August 24, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s schooner Lois McClure leaves her home port on a very important mission – getting ship-shape in anticipation of her twelfth year of operation. Her destination is the New York State Canal Corporation shipyard at Waterford, New York, where a team of shipwrights working with David Short of North Atlantic Shipbuilding and Repair, of West Montville, ME will replace any worn, damaged or rotted planking and timbers and recaulk seams. “We’re especially grateful to the McClure family and to the many donors, volunteers, and friends of the schooner who made her first decade so successful, and whose enlightened support provides for the maintenance essential to her continued operation,” said Michael Smiles, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum. “Schooner Lois McClure has been the most effective outreach program LCMM has ever conducted, and a leader in the world of Maritime Museums. The schooner will be in highly qualified hands for this essential maintenance work, and we are already looking forward to her 2016 season.”

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Mapping the Otter Creek

Posted by Elizabeth Lee on Aug 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As the new Ecology Programs Director at the Maritime Museum, one of my first projects was the Otter Creek Mapping Project with the Boy Scouts from Vergennes. This spring the Museum received funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to offer a program for area youth to explore and map Otter Creek from the water, using longboats. For me the project was a fulfilling opportunity to get to know fellow staff members better, to learn to row a longboat and to become much better acquainted with Otter Creek. Most importantly this trip served as a pilot for new education programs to come.

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Aquatic Invaders to Vermont & New York

Posted by Matt Witten on Aug 21, 2015 5:36:37 PM


Thanks to a training session on invasive species, a number of us at the Museum can now explain to our visitors which species are encroaching on Lake Champlain and what boaters and anglers can do to help keep them out.

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New Exhibit on the Burlington Waterfront

Posted by Eloise Beil on Jun 12, 2015 12:18:00 PM


Contact: Eloise Beil, Director of Collections and Exhibits
802-475-2022, x107;

Burlington, VT – Starting June 20, the Burlington Waterfront will feature a special attraction: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s new interpretive exhibit, Maritime Burlington! In a festive “big top tent” setting on Perkins Pier at the foot of Maple Street, the exhibit serves as a porthole to history for visitors and area residents, and a discovery resource for LCMM’s new Lake Adventure Camps

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Topics: General, LCMM, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Exhibits

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Opens For Season May 23

Posted by Eloise Beil on May 21, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) opens for the season on Saturday May 23, 2015 offering Addison County residents, students with college ID, and veterans, as well as active and reserve military personnel free admission over the entire Memorial Day Weekend.  “Memorial Day, which was created to honor people who gave their lives while serving in the nation’s armed forces, has special meaning for the Maritime Museum,” says Executive Director Mike Smiles. “Lives were lost to create and defend our country in these local waters during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.” LCMM’s exhibit Key to Liberty and replica 1776 gunboat allow visitors to step back in time to the nation’s founding. Detailed ship models of War of 1812 vessels are featured in LCMM’s new exhibit History in Miniature: The Models and Dioramas of Bill Kissam. For more than 25 years, Kissam, a resident of Westport, NY, has created detailed and accurate scale models and dioramas for museums in the region, including ships from the War of 1812, Lake Champlain steamboats, iron mines, and historic gardens. The exhibit brings together models made for LCMM and private collections. A checklist accompanying the exhibit will guide the visitor to other regional museums where Kissam’s work can be seen.

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Topics: General, Special Events, LCMM, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, camps, Revolutionary War, Memorial Day

Educator Jim Doolan to be Honored at Maritime Museum Boat Launch

Posted by Nick Patch on May 18, 2015 4:03:00 PM

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing

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