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December 15, 2011

Quadricentennial records find home in Champlain

CHAMPLAIN — The Samuel de Champlain History Center is in the final stages of conserving and archiving records, photographs and memorabilia from the 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial.

"The Town of Champlain received a $10,000 grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership earlier this year to do this work," Center Director Celine Paquette said in a press release.

She was a member of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission that planned the 400th anniversary of the 1609 European explorations of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain and the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's 1807 invention of the steamboat.

Paquette kept records of the commission's business and collected memorabilia from the event. Work on the grant began in May.

"The papers have been sorted and categorized by the archivist. The newspaper clippings have been photocopied and filed. We are now working on a catalog system."

She is also interested in any Quadricentennial-related materials the public might wish to donate to the History Center for archiving.

When complete, the archives will be stored in the vault there.

"We hope that the Quadricentennial Archives will assist researchers and historians in the future better understand our values in 2009," Paquette said.

Those who have materials from the 2009 Quadricentennial commemoration may contact Paquette at 298-1609.

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