Those souvenirs, said Paquette, will dovetail nicely with a calendar created by David Patrick of Colchester, Vt. The 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial Calendar, which commemorates this year's special event with historic photographs and information, has been available since late last year, further wetting the appetite of collectors and history buffs, she added.
"I'm finding the enthusiasm has been growing," said Paquette. "More people have expressed interest in learning more about this man - Samuel de Champlain."
Other events planned by the Town of Champlain Quadricentennial Committee include a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, for a small park being established at Point au Fer. On Sunday, Aug. 2, St. Mary's Church on Church Street will hold a rededication of its Samuel de Champlain monument. The day will also include a Mass at the church led by the Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, and special wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Louis-Camille LaFontaine, the man responsible for the creation of the Champlain monument.
On Saturday, Aug. 8, the town will host "Community Day," which will feature the dedication of the Samuel de Champlain History Center on Elm Street, among several other activities.
The complete listing of North Country quadricentennial events is available at www.discoverlakechamplain400.org. For more information, visit www.exploreny400.com.