projects

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) has provided grant support for more than 50 projects since 2008.  Projects included festivals for the Quadricentennial, interpretive signage and guides, academic conferences, and special projects.  Some notable projects include:

A Quest Awaits Visitors to the Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP), Chimney Point State Historic Site, Crown Point State Historic Site, Lake Champlain Visitors Center, and the Crown Point State Campground have developed the Lake Champlain Bridge Quest. Questers follow clues on the Quest Map to answer seven riddles, and to obtain the quest’s treasure: a commemorative coin. The trek is an exciting way for people to immerse themselves in the rich history and scenic beauty of the Lake Champlain Bridge area. Quest Maps are available at the visitors center or at the two state historic sites, or can be downloaded here. At a leisurely pace, the quest takes about three hours to complete. Once complete, questers can get their commemorative coin at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center, which sits at the western end of the Lake Champlain Bridge.

Your Passport to Exploring the CVNHP
The many stories of our heritage are told in museums, historic sites, and natural areas throughout the Champlain Valley region. As a partner of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), the CVNHP participates in the NPS Passport Stamp Program where visitors log their experiences at parks, landmarks and heritage areas across the country. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the NPS in 2016, the CVNHP produced a commemorative Stamp Cancellation Passport for 11 locations throughout the national heritage area. These sites represent the arts, outdoor recreation, land conservation, military history, commerce, natural history, wildlife conservation, and other aspects of the CVNHP. So, get your passport stamped for exploration, inspiration and adventure!
You can download your passport, or pick up a high-quality print at any of our participating partner sites:

View the Passport Stamp site locations and hours >>

Special Collectors Coin Available!
Individuals who acquire all 11 of the passport stamps can receive a limited-edition, commemorative coin marking the 2016 centennial of the NPS. The coins are distributed at the CVNHP offices in the Gordon-Center House—a passport stamp location—at 54 West Shore Road in Grand Isle, Vermont during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

War of 1812 Interpretive Trail
The War of 1812 Interpretive Trail was inaugurated on September 5, 2011, just prior to the Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend in Plattsburgh, New York. Exhibits have been developed for Dewey’s Tavern, Pliny Moore House and Commissary/Encampment/Raid in Champlain; Pike’s Cantonment and Halsey’s Corners in the Town of Plattsburgh; Culver Hill and 1st Bloody Encounter in Beekmantown; and the Kent-Delord House and African-American heritage at the site of the Melancton Smith home in the City of Plattsburgh; the U.S./Canada Border in Alburgh; and the USS Saratoga in Schuylerville.

Wayside ExhibitThe CVNHP provided interpretive, translation and design assistance along with complete fabricated interpretive signs—an estimated $1,500 value—at 11 sites. Each new sign includes a "QR code" for use by "smartphones," which when the code is photographed by the phone, the user is directed to a website.

The project was partially funded through a partnership with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. An interactive maps and list of the LCBP/CVNHP wayside exhibits can be found online.

This project works toward the following tasks in the CVNHP Management Plan and OFA:

  • Task 9.6.1: Develop or improve natural and cultural heritage interpretative trails using wayside exhibits and other informative media.
  • Task 9.9.1: Continue to provide design services for interpretive materials.
  • Task 9.9.4: Support pilot projects that utilize emerging interpretive technologies.
  • Task 9.9.5: Provide general technical support for interpretation projects.
  • Task 9.9.6: Support professional development for interpreters.

Native American Writers Series
The Adirondack Center for Writing’s Native American Writers Series showcased regional Abenaki, Mohawk, and other Native writers in venues in New York and Vermont. These four cultural events provided opportunities to research, interpret, and celebrate native heritage and its relation to the rich history of the Lake Champlain region.

Starting in July, 2011 and ending August 27, 2011, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) presented five regional Native American writers—David Fadden, Doug George, Joe Bruchac, Jesse Bruchac, and Robin Kimmere—at four events in New York and Vermont.

ACW carefully chose organizations or institutions that have a deep appreciation for the cultural legacy of Native Americans in the region. Each venue helped to promote the events, mobilizing their membership base and their local media sources. Attendance at these events was impressive and a direct result of the collaboration between ACW and each of these partners.

Each of the following partners hosted one of the readings:

  • Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York.
  • Samuel Champlain Cultural Center, Champlain, New York
  • ECHO, Burlington, Vermont
  • The Paul Smiths VIC, Paul Smiths, New York

Each of these events was professionally videotaped by Joel Hurd of North Country Public Radio. The recordings are available online.

This project works toward the following tasks in the CVNHP Management Plan and OFA:

  • Task 9.1.2: Support ethnographic research and documentation of the cultures within the CVNHP.
  • Task 9.11.1: Support research and scholarship focusing on cross-border relationships of New York, Quebec, Vermont, and other nations and cultures that relate to the Making of Nations, Corridor of Commerce, or Conservation and Community (if selected) interpretive themes.

Quadricentennial Legacy: Dead Reckoning ~ Champlain in America
A Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the CVNHP allowed Mountain Lake PBS to translate it's multifaceted media project, Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America to be the first bilingual, historically accurate, animated documentary on Samuel de Champlain. The documentary has introduced millions of PBS viewers in the United States and Canada to the compelling story of Champlain’s voyages. It is supplemented by educational media including an award-winning, bilingual, interactive website: http://www.champlaininamerica.org/fr/ that invites teachers, professors, students and potential visitors to take a virtual tour of the world in which Champlain traveled and lived. Translating the documentary into French aids attracting tourists to the Champlain Valley, and underscores the shared history of New York, Vermont and Quebec. Mountain Lake PBS has signed a distribution agreement with Societe GRICS, a distributor of educational video content to Canada’s French-speaking school systems. It is anticipated that the project will be in use in Canadian classrooms in fall 2011.  

This project works toward the following task in the CVNHP Management Plan and OFA:

  • Task 9.18.1: Support bilingual interpretation of resources within the CVNHP.

Listening Stations on the Steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum
A Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the CVNHP supported the installation of four new computer-based units aboard the steamboat Ticonderoga. New oral histories from Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont philanthropist Lois McClure reflect the steamboat’s recent history, including her role in the Quadricentennial celebration of 2009.

Ticonderoga Listening StationThe steamboat Ticonderoga is a National Historic Landmark and was the last commercially operating steamboat on Lake Champlain. In 1955 the 220-foot boat was relocated to Shelburne Museum, where she serves as an educational resource and icon of the region’s cultural history for over 100,000 visitors annually. The visitor experience of the "Ti" is illuminated by oral histories from people who rode or worked on the "Ti," accessible through these new listening stations. The Museum anticipates interactive, easy to use technology and visually attractive screens will increase visitor participation. As a result, more Vermonters, New Yorkers, and other visitors to the Museum are exposed to the history of the "Ti" and Lake Champlain.

This project works toward the following tasks in the CVNHP Management Plan and OFA:

  • Task 9.1.1: Support historical and archeological research and documentation.
  • Task 9.1.3: Utilize new and existing research and documentation to support the evaluation, conservation, and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources.
  • Task 9.8.3: Support the use of new information technology to provide quality information on heritage and recreation resources.

Fort Ticonderoga: Cultures in Contact
Fort Ticonderoga was awarded a Quadricentennial Legacy Grant to develop a new interpretive program that focused on relationship between European-Americans and Native Americans prior to the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the fort explored the role of an Indian agent in 1759 as part of a program entitled "Within Humane Bounds" in the summer of 2011.

Indian Agent

The program featured an historic interpreter representing an Indian agent of Sir William Johnson’s Northern Indian Department who supplied and coordinated with Mohawk warriors in 1759. The program included an impressive display of representative trade goods including leggings, shirts, powder horns and weapons that were that were needed to secure Mohawk support to the British army. The program highlighted the role the agent played in maintaining the bonds of alliance as well as being an important source for practical trade goods utilized in the native villages including agricultural tools and cutlery.

Native American allies in the French & Indian War were key players for both the French and British armies. Accordingly, both sides had extensive networks of agents and traders to try to forge those alliances and coordinate native warriors. Beyond the backing of the British crown, and a large supply of trade goods, Indian agents also had to use personal connections to fulfill their positions. Their fluency in languages, knowledge of local customs, as well as their own personal bonds of kinship within tribes were all essential in securing native alliances. These bonds were very often tested during these times of war, as Indian agents walked a fine line between encouraging native military support while keeping these warriors acting, "Within Humane Bounds." Sir William Johnson’s directive to his Indian agents was to use the inherent skills of natives in woodland warfare, while keeping them acting within the moral morays of European warfare. Indeed, in 1759 through the work of Indian Agents, the Mohawk allies had a reputation among the British army for discipline as admirable as their martial skill.

For Special Revolutionary War programs in July, Native Interpreter Joseph Privott portrayed a Stockbridge Mohican as they appeared around Fort Ticonderoga in 1776. Through the early 18th century the Mohicans of the lower Hudson valley had created a settled town at Stockbridge, Massachusetts modeled on contemporary New England townships. The name of this town became commonly used for these Mohicans, commonly called Stockbridge Indians. Warriors from Stockbridge formed a complete company with the famous Roger’s Rangers, siding with the American patriot movement in 1776. A company of Stockbridge warriors arrived at Ticonderoga in the mid summer of 1776, along with regulars and militia from Massachusetts. The Stockbridge warriors were attached to the Massachusetts militia posted to Mount Hope, overlooking the LeChute valley. In late September the Stockbridges were posted on ships with Benedict Arnold’s navy. Landed on shore near Valcour Island, the Stockbridge warriors harassed the British Gunboats assaulting Arnold’s Fleet.

A Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the CVNHP enabled Fort Ticonderoga to hire an experienced interpreter, Joseph Privott, who brought a wealth of knowledge about the Native American experience in this area during the 18th century. The Fort also purchased the necessary interpretive materials to bring the program to life for our visitors, including brass kettles, axes, hoes, hatches, knives, and flint/steel.

The program, which ran Sunday through Thursday afternoons, was extremely well received by Fort visitors. It was a new type of program for Fort Ticonderoga and has become part of the Fort’s broader interpretive emphasis to bring the year 1759 to life. Components of the program will be incorporated into the 2012 season when the interpretive staff will be portraying members of Captain Edward Mott’s Company of Colonel Parson’s Connecticut state battalion from 1775. Additional research will be conducted in the winter of 2012 to add to the interpretive program.

A short video of the interpretation can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/fortticonderogany

  • Task 9.1.3: Use new and existing research and documentation to support the evaluation, conservation, and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources.
  • Task 9.9.6: Support professional development for interpreters.


The Region Click to view larger.

While the LCBP traditionally focuses on the landscape that drains into Lake Champlain, the area of consideration for the CVNHP includes any historic site or community along the "linked navigable waterways" of Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal, and the Upper Hudson River that contains a physical, cultural, or historical resource that represent the CVNHP’s interpretive themes. The Vermont and New York counties within the Partnership include Grand Isle, Franklin, Chittenden, Addison, Rutland, Bennington, Clinton, Essex, Warren, Saratoga and Washington. (Click map to enlarge.)