DAR Award presented to 'Champlain' filmmaker

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has awarded filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vt., its History Medal for her documentary "Champlain: The Lake Between".

The film, which premiered on Vermont Public Television as part of the Champlain Quadricentennial, explores the diplomacy and trade between Native nations and Europeans that flourished in the region during the 17th and 18th centuries. It details how Frenchman Samuel de Champlain arrived in what became known as the Champlain Valley in 1609 and changed the course of history.

Thompson was honored at the annual conference of the Vermont DAR in Montpelier.

The medal was presented by Diane Kreis, Vermont state regent, and Elizabeth Bicknell, regent, Seth Warner Chapter, based in Vergennes.

The award letter from the DAR said, "Clearly, Ms. Thompson has contributed to the greater understanding of American history."

Thompson acknowledged the collaborative process of making the film in her comments, saying, "I accept the award on behalf of the historians, culture bearers and re-enactors who guided and tutored me over the three years of the film's development."

The film won a Boston-New England Emmy Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gave Vermont Public Television its My Source Award for Education Innovation for the related educational activities.

Thompson's company, Broadwing Productions, was one of four partners in the Voyages of Discovery Project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The other partners were the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Public Television and the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes.

Vermont Public Television will re-air "Champlain: The Lake Between" on Monday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 p.m.

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