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Educational Outreaches


Stem to Stern – Planting the Seeds of Forest Stewardship Click for more info.

Human history is inseparable from the land, even for maritime communities. The 2017 Schooner Lois McClure voyage recognizes and celebrates White Oak and White Pine, the principal tree species that have served as boatbuilding timber in the Northeast for hundreds of years. LCMM has launched an ambitious program that highlights forests, wood, boats and water, and how these entities interact in contemporary life as well as through regional history. Our goals are to increase understanding of the relationship between forests and waterways, increase stewardship values and model community stewardship action. We will visit schools in the Lake Champlain watershed, especially in communities where local heritage is closely tied to the timber industry and/or shipbuilding.

The Stem to Stern curriculum will be offered in several formats this year, beginning with outreach programs in schools. Students can also learn skills in the boat shop, enroll in our Maritime Pathways “Skill-builds,” and pursue exciting personalized learning plans using our museum collections, historic exhibits and expert staff.


Available November 1 through April 1

The 18th Century Man: Boat Builder

LCMM educator visits a classroom as a boatbuilder
LCMM educator brings 18th-century
boatbuilding to the classroom.

1 hour outreach program

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.

The 18th Century Man: Militiaman
1 hour outreach program

Entering the classroom 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 will focus on each items use and why it was necessary, as well as the weapons of the era and the expectations of a good militiaman. A question and answer period will address topic of interest focusing on life in the 18th-century.

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

The Northern Theatre of a Revolution

1 hour outreach program

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 will follow on topics of interest from the students, and may include shipboard life and discipline, medicine of the times, and issues of the Revolution.


Water Highway of History
1 hour presentation

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 PowerPoint presentation provides a third dimension by exploring the rich archaeological legacy of these historical eras, much of it still underwater today.


What’s on the Bottom of Lake Champlain?

LCMM educator brings artifacts to the classroom
LCMM educator brings artifacts from a
Lake Champlain shipwreck into the classroom.

1 hour 15 minute outreach program

There are hundreds of well-preserved shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Champlain. An educator will give a PowerPoint presentation on the process of Nautical Archaeology. Students will then become historical detectives as they use the actual artifacts from one of Lake Champlain’s shipwrecks to solve the mystery of a sunken vessel!






The Canal Era on the Northern Waterway
50 minute outreach program

Students will discover the historical background of the canal boat era (1819–1940) in the Champlain Valley in this 50-minute illustrated presentation. Learn about the legacy of shipwrecks from the commercial period and how the study of sailing canal boats led to the creation of the historic replica of an 1862-class canal schooner, Lois McClure.


Champlain Troubadour: Songs and Stories of Lake Champlain

LCMM's Champlain Troubadour sings in a classroom
Champlain Troubadour Matt Witten
sings to a group of students.

45 minute–1 hour outreach program
Grades Pre-K–5 (maximum 30 participants)

Songs and Stories of Lake Champlain is a fun and educational 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 (including animals) 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.