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Events help teach local history

To the Editor: The Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society has recently presented to residents of the Northern Tier and beyond the opportunity of visiting two beautiful historically significant structures in our village. On Oct. 6 and 7, we had the pleasure and privilege of working with Jim Millard, author of "Fort Montgomery Through the Years," in bringing 82 people from all over the northeast the opportunity of touring Fort Montgomery. Without Jim these wonderful tours would not have happened. It is obvious, touring with him, that the Fort is his passion and he is very concerned about its future. Our utmost thanks to Fort Montgomery Estates for opening up this fantastic piece of Rouses Point history and to Roger Harwood for transporting some of the participants, adding his own bit of wisdom about the Fort and helping to keep us all safe. We are making plans with Jim to give a presentation about the Fort in the spring. On Oct. 20, we hosted an open house at the D&H Railroad Station on Pratt Street. Many, many people stopped by to take a look at this historic building. We had picture displays and Walt Favro loaned some pieces of his D&H collection for people to enjoy. There was a lot of reminiscing. The station belongs to the village but the society is working very hard to raise funds to restore it. The first priority is the roof which we hope to have done in 2008. We would appreciate it if anyone who has pictures or memories of the interior of the station, that they share them with us. A huge thank you to all those that came from near and far to visit the Fort and the Station and to all those that support all our programs in any way they can. And, last but certainly not least, thanks to our members and volunteers because without them, these events would not happen. Geri Favreau, President
Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society

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