CHAMPLAIN - Now that 2010 is here, the Quadricentennial, which honored Samuel de Champlain's exploration of Lake Champlain in 1609, is officially over. But, plans are in the works to make sure "the Quad" is not forgotten.
Celine R. Paquette, vice-chairperson of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, found there was a lot of community interest in the Quad, with numerous groups and organizations getting involved with various projects. She hopes to continue the interest this year. "I hope we keep promoting Samuel de Champlain," she said. "Not only the village and the town of Champlain, but I hope everyone in Clinton County and Essex County; anyone along Lake Champlain. I hope we just keep that memory going, instead of hauling it out every 100 years."
With historic markers erected in Chazy, Peru and Beekmantown, Paquette feels there was a lot of momentum in the Northern Tier, with people really getting into the spirit of the celebration.
Now, Paquette is taking some time to brainstorm ideas for how the momentum can keep going.
One plan she has is to dedicate the Samuel de Champlain History Center, of which she is the director.
"I had planned to dedicate this building and after everything was over I was too exhausted to do it," Paquette said. "So I said, 'Well, fresh look next year, so, we'll dedicate it next year.' So, that will be a big deal, or I like to think it will be a big deal."
Paquette also mentioned the dedication of a boulder that was originally at the Champlain Elementary School, which is now located in Paquette Park.
"The new owner [of the school] ... let us take the bolder and the plaque that was there," she explained. "It had been put up for the 350th [anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's voyage] in 1959 and it honored Jehudi Ashmun, who was from Champlain and was one of the founders of Liberia."