PLATTSBURGH - The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission has announced veteran newsman and photographer John T. "Jack" LaDuke, Saranac Lake, has been named the quadricentennial's official photographer.
"Jack's eye for telling a story through the lens of his camera is legendary," said quadricentennial commission vice chairperson Celine R. Paquette. "When one looks back at the wonderful, hard-bound publications of the 1909 and 1959 Lake Champlain commemorations, the volumes are so robust that it actually took two books to tell the story of 1909."
"We are simply thrilled that Jack has agreed to document the activities of the Lake Champlain Quad effort," said commission member Margaret Gibbs, with the Adirondack History Center in Elizabethtown. "There are over 100 events now posted on the Quad Calendar found at www.discoverlakechamplain400.org and every day more festivals, celebrations and commemorations are being added. This is a big undertaking."
Because it is not humanly possible, LaDuke will not attend all of the festivities, and volunteers will need to add to the photographic documentation of this special year's commemoration. LaDuke will be making a concerted effort to capture the flavor of the Lake Champlain events for historical archive and most hopefully, a future publication.
"As a story teller, I really look forward to the many interesting people and subjects I will be learning about and sharing with generations to come," LaDuke said with a wink.