In My Opinion

October 24, 2012

In My Opinion: Site of historic significance unearthed


We, the association, on behalf of the community of Plattsburgh, wish to express our gratitude to Clinton Community College for their faith and support in proceeding with the archaeological field school and to the students from Clinton Community and Potsdam colleges for investing four weeks of their summer in the woods, to Dr. Abel for believing in our community’s interests, to SUNY’s North Country Teacher Resource Center for offering an in-service credit option for the five local teachers who joined the archaeological team for a week-long experience and the association’s volunteers who signed on for a week as well.

Many organizations and businesses were instrumental in supporting the successful summer investigation with manpower, services, equipment and materials.

We wish to acknowledge the cooperative support of the Town of Plattsburgh, from the supervisor to the individual departments, the mayor of the City of Plattsburgh and its Public Works Department, the County of Clinton and the Airport Administration, the cooperative surveillance services provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police, Casella Waste Management and Foster’s Tents.

A presentation detailing the summer’s site activities is being planned in conjunction with a commemorative re-enactment at the association’s War of 1812 Museum in mid December.

The next several years of archaeological activities at the site will, no doubt, add significantly to the nation’s understanding of 1812-era military camp life.

History has been re-visited in time for the bicentennial period and the closure of a quest of Dr. Everest.

Keith Herkalo is president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association.

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