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Great Shipwrecks of NY's 'Great' Lakes

On View May 30 through September 6, 2015

Great Shipwrecks of NY's Great LakesAs many as 10,000 shipwrecks lie in New York State waters, according to the National Park Service. This traveling exhibit showcases some of these most dramatic sites from Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake George and the St. Lawrence River. It features underwater footage, photographs, and a newly-built model of the Lake George radeau Land Tortoise.

Great Shipwrecks of NY's Great Lakes premiered in August 2014 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, and has since traveled to venues across New York.

"Capturing the fascinating maritime heritage of New York State in this exhibit is proving to be a great way to encourage interest in education, underwater science innovation, and waterfront tourism as an economic engine for our coastal communities," says exhibit coordinator Dave White, New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist and associate director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium.

Presented by: The Great New York State Fair | New York Sea Grant

Great Lakes Seaway Trail | Great Lakes Research Consortium | Lake Champlain Sea Grant | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum | H. Lee White Maritime Museum | U.S.Coast Guard Auxiliary  | SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Sponsors: New York State Divers Association | National Aquatic Service | Aquatic World


History in Miniature: The Models and Dioramas of Bill Kissam

History in Miniature: The Maritime Models of Bill Kissam

In addition to detailed scale replicas of Lake Champlain steamboats, including the War of 1812 Saratoga and Confiance, the Canadian “pinplat” (lumber transport) Octave, Model maker Bill Kissam of Westport, NY, has constructed models and dioramas of mining operations, quarries, historic houses and gardens.

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.


Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Accoutrements from the French and Indian War

Parley & Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy Past & Present

June 27, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Parley & Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy, Past & Present, a special exhibition, will open at the annual Abenaki Heritage Weekend, June 27-28, 2015. This exhibit is being developed for the Ft. Necessity National Park Service site by the Elnu Abenaki Tribe in partnership with the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and will include recreated clothing and other articles like those used in the mid-eighteenth century as well as articles created for present day ceremonial and diplomatic occasions. Parley & Protocol will remain on view at LCMM through Oct. 11, 2015


Slavery to Safety: Lake Champlain and the Underground Railroad

Slavery to Safety: Lake Champlain and the Underground Railroad

LCMM’s replica 1862 Canal Schooner Lois McClure will be on land this summer at Perkins Pier, Burlington, in preparation for routine maintenance. A new interpretive exhibit of Lake history adjacent to the schooner will include stories of former slaves for whom the northern waterways served as a corridor to freedom.