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Moving Thoughts to Action

By Susan Evans McClure, Executive Director As we grapple with systemic racism, police violence, and the legacy of slavery unfolding before our eyes, the work of a Maritime Museum on the shores of Lake Champlain can sometimes feel disconnected. But it is just at these moments that the core of our work as a history …

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The King’s Shipyard Archaeological Project Series – Part 1: Historical Context

By Daniel E. Bishop, PhD Student, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University Hi folks – Cherilyn here reporting from the Nautical Archaeology Center! Since the public won’t be able to stop by our conservation lab this season, we decided to keep everyone updated with our ongoing projects through the blogosphere! Last season …

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Jahaziel’s Two Worlds: The Hudson River and the Champlain Valley

By the Collections Team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum  Preface: This is the eighth story in a blog series about Vergennes resident and steamboat captain Jahaziel Sherman. This series is based on the Museum’s digital exhibit Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes, Steamboat Pioneer, which is free for all to explore online. We’ll be sharing more stories …

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Working from Home: Boat Shop Volunteers Are Keeping Busy!

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director As you’ve probably been following our updates, the Museum’s boat shop team has been finding creative ways to continue our boat shop work from home. It’s worth recognizing their creativity and work, as finding ways to do what we normally do in the shop from home is not an …

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A Window on the Lake – Meditations on Lake Champlain by Poet Daniel Lusk

By Eloise Beil, Director of Collections As this showery month of April comes to an end, it also means National Poetry Month is almost over. Take a moment with us today as we explore and find inspiration from works by Vermont poet Daniel Lusk, Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain. In 2009, inspired by Lake …

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International Smuggling by Steamboat: Jahaziel’s Congress

By the Collections Team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Preface: This is the seventh in a blog series about Vergennes resident and steamboat captain Jahaziel Sherman. This series is based on the Museum’s digital exhibit Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes, Steamboat Pioneer, which is free for all to explore online. We’ll be sharing more stories on …

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Caring for your Canal Schooner in the Winter (and sometimes during a pandemic)

By Evan Wing, Replica Fleet Coordinator Winter, 1870, Whitehall, New York: you rise early to bank up the fire in your stove and help your mother set the small table for breakfast. Five of you share the same living space: a small, single-room cabin maybe eighty to a hundred feet square. Your parents are afforded …

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Shipwreck Tour: Phoenix

Did you know that there are hundreds of shipwrecks in Lake Champlain? The Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve was established by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation to protect these irreplaceable resources from harm, preserve them for future generations, and provide public access for divers and the public. The Archaeology team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum manages these sites. …

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