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Listen and learn about explorers of the Hudson and Lake Champlain

CROWN POINT Officials from the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission will speak Friday, Feb. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Crown Point State Historic Site. Robert E. Bullock from Albany and Dr. Celine Racine Paquette of Clinton County will discuss plans for the upcoming 400th anniversary of the first encounters by European explorers on the Hudson River and on Lake Champlain in 1609. An open discussion of local events and celebration ideas will follow. At the conclusion, light refreshments will be served. People are invited to attend this presentation and free public discussion. The 2009 celebrations of the Champlain 400th anniversary at Crown Point State Historic Site and the Crown Point Reservation Camp-ground will be held jointly with Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vermont, linked by the Lake Champlain Bridge. On the grounds of the campground stands the 150-year-old Crown Point Lighthouse (1858) which was, in 1912, transformed into the Champlain Memorial, not long after the 1909 Champlain 300th anniversary. ViceChair of the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Paquette of Champlain earned her doctorate in educational administration at SUNY-Albany. She has served her community, her county, the Champlain Valley, and the State of New York in many leadership capacities, both private and public. Paquettes family roots run deep into French Canada. Her ancestor, Marguerite Martin was a favorite of Samuel de Champlain and is mentioned in Champlains will. Director of the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Robert Bullock is also president of the Archives Partnership Trust, the support arm of the New York State Archives. Prior to assuming his present responsibilities, Bullock served as the director of Institutional Advancement for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, the support organization for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. An executive in the fields of development, marketing, public relations and government advocacy, throughout his career Bullock has combined a lifetime passion for history with his professional responsibilities. Fort St. Fr_ric (on the tip of the Crown Point peninsula) was used, from the time of its construction in the 1730s until 1759, as a base from which the French military could maintain a strong presence in New France, a colonial land area which the French wanted to extend into the Champlain Valley. Both the French-built Fort St. Fr_ric and the British-designed Crown Point fort have endured through the centuries as authentic ruins, allowing guests to see the foundations of both forts in their original locations and to imagine the forts as they were in the 1700s, when they teemed with activity. The 380-acre site is located at the north end of Bridge Road, right beside the southern approach to the Lake Champlain Bridge, the quarter-mile-long elevated span which unites New York and Vermont. Crown Point State Historic Site features two registered national historic landmarks and is one of 35 historic sites and 170 parks operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The public may contact the site office (phone 597-4666) to request information about the Friends of Crown Point organization. Site information is also available at www.nysparks.state.ny.us

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