The process to create the calendar took several months of research and approximately six weeks to compile and complete, said Patrick. The photos extend far beyond the realm of the Northern Tier, though the Champlain monument at St. Mary's Church in the village of Champlain and several others are among those featured. In the end, more than 90 images of the memorials and dedications were compiled for the calendar.
"I found I had many never before seen photos of the building of the memorials," said Patrick. "Some were owned by my grandmother, whose father was brother to Hugh. Other photos were at the Special Collections and [Clinton County Historical Association]."
Patrick said he is particularly proud of the calendar's cover photo, an image of the dedication of the Crown Point Memorial Lighthouse in 1912 in honor of Champlain.
"I found that in one of her photo albums," Patrick said of his grandmother's collection.
In addition, a historical essay of Champlain included in Patrick's previous calendars was expanded to 15 pages in the new calendar, in honor of the quadricentennial, he said.
"Since this was a project that was only relevant to 2009, I wanted to include as much information as I could as I would not be doing it for any later calendars," said Patrick.
The 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial Calendar, which is sold for $15, may be purchased at several locations in the Champlain area including Kinney Drugs at the corner of State Routes 9 and 11; the Village of Champlain Office, 1104 State Route 9; the Town of Champlain Office, 729 State Route 9; Champlain Memorial Library, 148 Elm St.; and Paquette's Insurance Agency, 1033 State Route 9. The calendar is also available at Cornerstone Drug and Gift, 72 Champlain St., Rouses Point, and Conroy's Organics, 8173 State Route 9, Beekmantown. In Plattsburgh, the calendar may be purchased at the Corner-Stone Book Shop, 110 Margaret St.; Kent-Delord House Museum, 17 Cumberland Ave.; and the Clinton County Historical Association, 98 Ohio Ave.
Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the Glenwood Cemetery Association in Champlain, which is working to relocate and restore the Pliny Moore Gazebo.
For more information about the calendar, contact Patrick via e-mail at email@example.com or visit www.moorsfieldpress.com.