ROUSES POINT - It's been more than a year since the region celebrated the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's travels through the area. Now a book commemorating the quadricentennial and the events that took place in the village of Rouses Point is available.
Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society president Geri Favreau, with the help of Elaine Rochester Cloutier, spent the past year not only putting together a souvenir book based on the quadricentennial, but adding information and photographs from the 1959 celebration and the tricentennial celebration in 1909.
"There's a couple from here in Rouses Point who has a very very nice book and had pictures from 1909 and an actual postcard," Favreau said.
Favreau also received copies of programs from the 1909 celebration, as well as information from the 1955 book by John Ross, "This Happened Here: The Story of the Lake Champlain Territory."
The 40-page, full color book, printed by Border Press in Rouses Point, also features copies of newspaper articles from The North Countryman, The Press-Republican, and the former Plattsburgh Sentinel, for all three celebrations in the last century.
"When I was trying to put together the quad events, I was curious to see what had been done in previous years," Favreau said. "I wanted to make sure there was a record of what we had done here in Rouses Point for 2009 for use by people in 50 years, or a hundred years or 200 years."
There is also a list of all the events and photographs of what took place in Rouses Point during the quad, including the Mystery Girl Contest and the visit by the Lois McClure.
"I had a lot of pictures from 2009 and we couldn't use them all, you just can't," Favreau said.
She also took the time to try to identify as many people in the photographs as possible.
"We put names under the pictures, because I think that's very important," Favreau said. "When I look back, I like to know who I'm looking at."
The proceeds from the souvenir book, priced at $30, will benefit the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society. Copies of the book can be purchased at Cornerstone Drug & Gift in Rouses Point,by calling Favreau at 297-2064, or by calling Mary Racicot at 297-6138.
"We think it's beautiful," she said.