Orwell Glass at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Each July something very exciting happens at LCMM – the glassblowers arrive! From the beginning of July to the end of August, the fine folks at Orwell Glass set up shop on our campus in order to teach glassblowing to our visitors. For a small fee, anyone can learn to make ornaments & suncatchers that they can keep themselves! More advanced learners can try their hand at a glass tumbler.

Camille, one of the glassblowers with Orwell Glass, was kind enough to let our Video Production Camp film part of the process.

Eileen, one of our AmeriCorps members, also got to try their hand at glassblowing with Camille, and with a bit of help was able to make the ornament and suncatcher pictured below.

Orwell Glass will only be here for another week, so don’t miss out – book a session with them today! Visit  www.orwellglass.com to book a class. 

ROV Tech Lake Adventure Camp in Burlington

Earlier this summer we had young students build and fly their own remote operated vehicles (ROVs). Did you know that LCMM offers advanced ROV camps as well?

Students Gavin, Eli, River, and Colden test the equipment they have assembled, on board the Escape. Photo courtesy Eileen Leary.
Students Gavin, Eli, River, and Colden test the equipment they have assembled, on board the Escape. Photo courtesy Eileen Leary.

This August we had five students between the ages of 13 – 16 join us at the Waterfront Diving Center in Burlington to learn more about ROVs. During the week we visited world-famous ROV makers Greensea Systems, assembled a SeaBotix ROV, and flew it over the wreck of the Champlain II! Of course, we also took some time for fun, and spent lots of time in the lake snorkeling and swimming to cool off.

Students use the small screen to help them fly their ROV and view the shipwreck of the Champlain II. Photo courtesy Eileen Leary.
Students use the small screen to help them fly their ROV and view the shipwreck of the Champlain II. Photo courtesy Eileen Leary.

Is your young learner interested in STEAM, shipwrecks, and robotics? Consider enrolling them in one of our ROV camps next year!

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!

This program was sponsored in part by funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. 

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

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

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