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May 30, 2013

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Adam Kane, Co-Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum 802 475-2022

Co-Director Adam Kane to leave Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in September

Chairman of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Board of Directors, Darcey Hale, today announced that effective September 1, Co-Director Adam Kane will be leaving the Maritime Museum to become Executive Director of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.  She noted with pride, “The Maritime Museum has raised a leader from within our ranks.  Adam came to us as an intern 14 years ago and is leaving to lead one of Vermont’s preeminent cultural institutions.  We wish him all the best and we congratulate the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium on their outstanding selection.”
Kane took the helm at LCMM with Co-Director Erick Tichonuk in November 2011 when founding Director Art Cohn stepped down.  In 2012 Kane oversaw a record-setting archaeological season that included the Museum’s first underwater Field School in nearly 20 years and its busiest dive season yet with more than 294 dives.  LCMM’s 2013 archaeological project schedule is equally ambitious, with commitments to fieldwork in Lakes Champlain and Onondaga, exhibits on the Hudson River, and leading the establishment of a New York State Underwater Blueway Trail of shipwreck preserves.  Kane, who served as LCMM’s Archaeological Director from 2001 to 2011 reflects, “I’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and grow at the Maritime Museum.  It’s an amazing institution and I look forward to facilitating cross-mountain partnerships between these two great museums.”

Co-Director Erick Tichonuk commented, “Adam and I have had a wonderful partnership in many different ways over the years. While I am saddened by his departure, in keeping with the flexibility and team spirit that characterizes LCMM, its future leadership is being planned in a thoughtful manner that will ensure institutional stability and the fulfillment of our ongoing programs and commitments.”  Erick, who has worked at LCMM since it opened and now oversees the Museum’s 17-building campus and exhibits, has just re-launched 1776 gunboat replica Philadelphia II and 1964 wooden tugboat C. L. Churchill and is readying schooner Lois McClure for a four month, 40 port journey. This promises to be another very successful season for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is open from May 25 through October 13, 2013. Located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road, seven miles west of Vergennes, LCMM was founded in 1985 to preserve and share the rich maritime history and archaeology of the Champlain Valley. Over the years, LCMM has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to a world-class nautical archaeological research center with a lakeside campus of eighteen buildings, a fleet of full-sized and operational replica vessels, and a staff including educators, boat builders and curators. The museum’s team of nautical archaeologists has explored the lake’s 300+ historic shipwrecks, transforming their discoveries into hands-on exhibits, films, and programs. LCMM is more than a great museum; it is a research and education center whose impact ranges throughout the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond. Besides bringing the remarkable past of Lake Champlain into the public consciousness, LCMM invests in the future, inspiring children and adults through school programs, unique special events, exhibits, and traveling replica vessels that encourage historical perspective and cultural connections between communities. More information about new exhibits, special events, and on-water programs, and the itinerary for schooner Lois McClure can be found on the Maritime Museum website



Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the region. A museum with a difference, LCMM brings underwater discoveries and lake adventures to the public in exciting and imaginative ways. The Museum is open daily from 10-5 from May 25 through October 13, 2013. More information can be found at or call 802 475-2022.

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