Gibbs appointed to quad commission

ELIZABETHTOWN Essex County has gained a voice in planning for next years quadricentennial. Essex County historian Margaret Gibbs has been named to the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. Gov. Eliot Spitzer made the announcement last week. The commission was established to commemorate the upcoming 400th anniversary of Henry Hudsons and Samuel de Champlains voyages along the river and lake that bear their names. These voyages were some of the most significant events in European exploration, and initiated some of the earliest contacts between Native Americans and Europeans. It is also focused on organizing a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Fultons successful establishment of steam commerce on the Hudson River. Celebrations will take place in 2009. The other regional representative is Celine Racine Paquette, a resident of Champlain in Clinton County. Its important that this region is part of the celebration, said Gibbs. I think we serve to spread the word in the communities about the activities in the quad commission, and try to encourage participation. A lot of the communities already have events in mind, so we try to let them know ways that could make their events part of the activities for 2009. Gibbs is director of the Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown. She serves as a member of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Committee, which is developing commemorative events for the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlains arrival in 1609. Gibbs is also the vice president of the board of directors for the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association. For more information on the quadricentennial or for a grant application, go on-line to www.exploreny400.com. Gibbs said people were welcome to contact her at the museum to ask more questions about possible quadricentennial activities. The phone number is 873-6466.

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