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Crown Pt. history group to organize

CROWN POINT, N.Y.-Crown Point State Historic Site will host a meeting of Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site inside the site's museum on Saturday, April 10, 2-3 p.m.

Several people stepped forward to reorganize and reinvigorate the non-profit organization. Former members and new members from New York and Vermont are welcome. The public is invited to R.S.V.P. and attend the April 10 meeting.

Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site, Inc. was incorporated in 1985. The group, working closely with site management, provides support for the benefit of the site's mission to preserve its history and to serve the visiting public. Active members receive free admission to the site's museum and are eligible both to vote at the annual business meeting and also to hold office on the friends' board of trustees.

Physical changes at the site museum in 2009 included an impressive new video, a detailed new 3-D model with a sound-and-light show, an improved exhibit, improved parking, improved outdoor interpretive signs, a new kiosk, and new paths. Last year's French and Indian War 250th anniversary, Champlain Quadricentennial, and even the bridge demolition publicity, have raised the profile and public awareness of this site.

In 2010, Crown Point State Historic Site will publicly celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment. Members of the friends group can be a part of that.

Crown Point is a unique location, both geographically and historically. In 1734, the French military built an impressive stronghold here, Fort St. Fr d ric, with its tall limestone tower and its fortified windmill. A quarter-century later, when the British arrived, they built a larger fortress at Crown Point, starting in 1759. The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and stone barracks of the British fort, located on a scenic point of land that juts into Lake Champlain, have remained largely unchanged since a devastating fire burned the British fort in 1773, two years before the start of the War for American Independence.

All who are interested in attending the April 10 meeting or in joining or re-joining the friends group are encouraged to send an RSVP to Crown Point State Historic Site, 21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, N.Y., 12928-2852 or to RSVP the historic site manager by e-mail at Thomas.Hughes@oprhp.state.ny.us.

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