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Videographer receives state award

MIDDLEBURY - The Vermont Historical Society is pleased to announce that Caro Thompson received the 2009 Richard O. Hathaway Award for her Broadwing Productions video documentary "Champlain, the Lake Between".

Gov. Jim Douglas presented the award during the Historical Society's annual meeting. Thompson's acceptance speech noted that she was inspired to create the documentary at a 2003 Vermont Historical Society symposium.

At that gathering of historians, former VHS President Sam Hand identified the upcoming Quadricentennial of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the lake as an opportunity for further research on the subject.

Receiving Honorable Mention recognition were Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina for the book "Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary 18th Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend", and Vince Franke and William Doyle for their video documentary, "Life in Chittenden County".

The Hathaway Award was created to stimulate outstanding work in the field of Vermont history. It is dedicated to the memory of Richard O. Hathaway, whose lifelong work teaching Vermont history was an inspiration to his colleagues and to the many students he taught and mentored, both inside and outside academia.

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