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We love to talk to a crowd! Professionals from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum travel to your community to share their expertise and passion. Each presentation is approximately one hour, which includes time for questions.

FEES: This year, we received funding through the Lake Champlain Basin Program to subsidize most of the costs for speakers! (Funding is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A donation to cover mileage is requested.)


Lois McClure under sail
Canal Schooner Lois McClure under sail.

Lois McClure: Adventures of a 19th Century Canal Schooner

Follow along on the voyages of this 1862 replica as she makes her way from Lake Champlain to New York City, Buffalo, Quebec City and beyond. This presentation shows the historic canals and watercraft of yesteryear and revisits them today.


Gunboat Spitfire, rendering by artist Ernie Haas.
Artist Ernie Haas' rendition
of the shipwrecked Spitfire.

The Gunboat Spitfire and the Revolutionary War on Lake Champlain

Discovered in 1997, Spitfire was the last remaining vessel unaccounted for from the 1776 fleet of Benedict Arnold. Learn the story of the Battle of Valcour Island and the excitement of locating one of America’s Treasures.


The War of 1812 on Lake Champlain

After three years of conflict between United States and Great Britain the most important battle of the war was decided on Lake Champlain. Learn about the causes of the conflict and how monumental ship building efforts turned the tide of war.


Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain

The deep dark waters of Lake Champlain contain more than 300 shipwrecks. A nautical archaeologist shares some of the most memorable tales from this best-preserved collection of wooden shipwrecks in North America.


Champlain Longboats: Building Boats and Changing Lives

In an innovative hands-on boatbuilding program, student builders create a floating work of art from tree to boat. Learn how this progressive education program has been developed and flourished over the past fifteen years.


LCMM educator visits a classroom as a boatbuilder
LCMM educator brings 18th century
boatbuilding and militia life to your group.

18th Century Man: Boat Builder

Dressed in clothing of the 18th century, the boat builder will talk about the importance of boats, how they were designed and constructed, and what woods were used and why. He brings an extensive assortment of tools, wood samples and historic materials for demonstration and display to increase understanding of this period in our history.


18th Century Man: Militiaman

Entering your meeting space dressed as a militiaman from the American Revolution on his way to one of the forts on Lake Champlain, an LCMM educator describes and displays his clothing and equipment, including his musket. Discussions focus on each item's use and purpose, as well as the weapons of the era and the expectations of a good militiaman.


18th century map of Lake Champlain
18th-century map
of Lake Champlain,
by cartographer Brassier.

The Northern Theater of a Revolution

Lake Champlain was the Northern Theatre of the Revolutionary War in 1776. Dressed as a crew member from Benedict Arnold’s fleet, our Museum educator will bring to life the vibrant story of the struggle for independence in our region during an illustrated presentation. Discussion includes shipboard life and discipline, medicine of the times, and issues of the Revolution.


Water Highway of History

Lake Champlain is one of the most historic bodies of water in North America. Native Americans used the waterway for travel and trade beginning 10,000 years ago. Samuel de Champlain's entrance onto the lake in 1609 marked the beginning of European colonial and military interest in this region that lasted throughout the 18th century. By the 19th century, Lake Champlain was a major corridor for commerce as sail, steam, and canal boats plied these waters for profit. This illustrated presentation provides a third dimension by exploring the rich archaeological legacy of these historical eras, much of it still underwater today.


Composite 3D image of shipwreck
Using Teledyne BlueView mechanical
scanning sonar, LCMM archaeologists captured
more than 35 million points of data
on this shipwreck.

Current Underwater Research
at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Join one of LCMM's nautical archaeologists to learn about the latest discoveries made in the deep fresh waters of Lake Champlain. Whether it's a newly-found shipwreck, re-examination of a shipwreck with cutting-edge 3D sonar, or an examination of stunning artifacts under conservation in our laboratory, there's always something going on -- underwater!




LCMM educator moves a boat's location in the Lake Sailor game
Chance and skill determine the outcome
in the Lake Sailor game.

Lake Sailor

Our educator will give an introductory illustrated presentation describing life and business on Lake Champlain in the 19th century. Then the audience breaks into teams forming “crews” to “operate” their own canal boats on Lake Champlain, making decisions about where to travel and what cargo to carry. The outcome of their decisions and the weather will determine economic prosperity or bankruptcy.



Champlain Troubadour: Songs and Stories of Lake Champlain

LCMM's Champlain Troubadour sings in a classroom
Champlain Troubadour Matt Witten.

This is a fun exploration into the local lore of Lake Champlain and its surroundings. Our Champlain Troubadour Matt Witten performs a variety of stories and songs from different traditions to engage the audience in song, movement, and the excitement of people's adventures and follies in the lake environment. His stories depict the lives of common folk and their sometimes heroic and often amusing exploits. Enter the world of Wind Eagle, Horse Ferries, Odziozo, Swimming Chipmunks, Alien Plankton, and more! Accompanied by guitar, banjo, ukulele, or accordion, the Champlain Troubadour’s songs usually include movement as well as singing along.

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