In a normal year, the annual seasonal reopening of Crown Point Historic Site in Crown Point, N.Y., doesn't get much fanfare. But this year-2009-marks the big Hudson-Champlain Quadricentennial and Crown Point was ahead of the curve in preparing for the summer-long, regional celebration. State and local officials turned out for a ribbon-cutting event May 15 under a bright sun and the promise of increased tourism to the sagging local economy.
A new audio-visual exhibit highlights the role of Fort Crown Point, N.Y., in this year's Champlain Quadricentennial, and it kicked-off a summer-long series of events at the site, culminating in the Crown Point Champlain Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19.
At the fort's re-opening May 15, a new multi-media show, installed in the museum's auditorium and a new interpretive exhibit was unveiled. The audio-visual program includes a new high-definition digital video presentation on the history of Crown Point and a new model of the site interpreted by an audio/light show; the new exhibit is titled "Raids, Redoubts, Redcoats, and Ruins". These features provide a historic and geographic context for Crown Point and help to orient visitors before they tour the site.
Complementing the interior renovations and new interpretive components inside the museum are exterior work at the site, including redesigned parking lots, road resurfacing, new sidewalks and pedestrian paths, and new exterior signage.
Financial support for the multi-media program was provided as a Legacy Project of the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission and as a grant from the New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, whose assistance is gratefully acknowledged.
The new interpretive exhibit was designed and installed by the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites at the Peebles Island Resource Center.
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May-October 2009 Quadricentennial Events
•May 24: Bird banding station operating; Release a bird, after seeing it banded by experts.
•May 30: Kevin Dann's Maps & Dreams, 7 p.m., begins with Samuel de Champlain's precognitive dream of a Kanienkehaka war party.
•July 25-26: Brigade of the American Revolution Encampment weekend. Visit British and Continental Army camps and fort ruins; re-enactors at the tactical weapons demonstrations.
•July 25: Mettawee River Theatre Company outdoor performance, 8 p.m.. "Beyond the High Valley".
•July 30: Anniversary of the July 30, 1609 battle, 7 p.m. Samuel Champlain was a central figure.
•Aug. 8-9: 250th anniversary French and Indian War Encampment weekend. Soldiers, Indians, boatmen, tactical weapons demonstrations.
•Aug. 19: Giant canal motorship (built 1921) Day Peckinpaugh welcomes guest at the pier by Champlain Memorial lighthouse.
•Aug. 26: 80th anniversary of the gala opening of the soon-to-be-razed Lake Champlain Bridge, 6:30 p.m. Lecture on the bridge with refreshments.
•Sept. 18-1: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Archeological excavation and tour.
•Sept. 19: Champlain Celebration by the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, 4 p.m. Dedication ceremonies at the lighthouse. Big fireworks display over Lake Champlain, 7:45 p.m.
•Sept. 18-20: Festival of Nations-F te des Nations: Celebrate the heritage of Canada, France, Great Britain, Native American tribes, and the United States. Music, food, and boat activities. Signature event for New York and Vermont Champlain Quadricentennial Commissions. On Sept. 20, one lane of the bridge will be open for pedestrians and bicycles, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
•Oct. 2-3: "Joannis D'Olobaratz Voyage" at Crown Point's Fort St. Fr d ric, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Watch the crew rig the replica of La Sorciere on Friday.