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Seven pilot gigs rowed by high school students race across Lake Champlain

High spirits and warm weather at the Spring Wave 2021

On Saturday June 5, we welcomed 84 rowers from eight regional school teams back to the Museum to participate in the Spring Wave, the annual spring race for our youth rowing league, Champlain Longboats. It was a beautiful hot summer day and everyone – rowers, coaches, staff, and onlookers – seemed thrilled to be back in some …

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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to be free for all visitors in 2021

Today we are excited to announce that we are eliminating admission fees for 2021, making it free for everyone to visit. The Museum will be open from May 22–Oct. 17 featuring new all-outside exhibits, self-guided tours, and more. Last March, we made the difficult decision to remain closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. …

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All Summer Camps to be Pay-What-You-Can in 2021

Earlier this month, we opened registration for our annual summer camps with a big change for 2021: tuition for all camps and expeditions is pay-what-you-can for all families. Each summer, hundreds of children and teens join us at the Museum for day camps and overnight on-water expeditions. Rooted in our philosophy of learning from history, …

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Divesting from Plastic for Lake Champlain

By Elizabeth Lee, Director of Education and Interpretation As the Museum wraps up 2020, our priority as an organization keeps coming back to sustainability. Financial, programmatic, material, and ethical questions have driven our decision-making as we protect our organization from the challenges of the year. In our reflections, we decided one way in which we can …

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Finding the Elusive Alinda: The Search for Women Ferry Operators of South Lake Champlain

The lives and heroism of women are, for the most part, an unwritten history, that may be likened to the canvas upon which men have painted their own deeds in glowing tints . . . little is ever said about the part women bear in the making of history.                                                                                                 May King Van Rensselaer, …

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A Rowing Season to Remember

We’d like to take a moment today to celebrate our adult rowing community. Despite a pandemic and strict new safety guidelines, our adult rowers were able to have a shortened yet wonderful season. Whether it was for Tuesdays’ advanced Rowing for Racing club, Thursdays’ relaxed Community Rowing club, or special outings, this group found a …

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After the 19th Amendment: Modern Movements for Women’s Rights

Over the past week we have been exploring the history of the fight for women’s suffrage in the Champlain Valley at 100 years. What about the legacy after the pivotal passage of the 19th Amendment? Most women have been able to vote in 25 presidential elections (today marks the 26th!), as well as many important …

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