Historic site to mark centennial

CROWN POINT - The Crown Point State Historic Site will mark its centennial during the annual Festival of Nations.

The Friends of Crown Point Historic Site have planned a reception at the site Saturday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. to commemorate 100 years as a state-owned historic site.

The site will host an informal bring-your-own picnic hour with picnic tables under a tent prior to the centennial ceremony. The Friends reception will take place rain or shine.

The historic fort ruins at Crown Point became a permanently-preserved state park April 22, 1910.

The annual Festival of Nations will be held Sept. 17 and 18 at the site. It notes the heritage of nations which left a deep imprint on this region: Canada, France, Great Britain, Native American Indian tribes and the United States. The event is co-hosted by Mount Independence in Orwell, Vt.

Students from New York and Vermont will attend the Festival of Nations Sept. 17 for education programs.

Students will be able to attend an 18th Century British and American concert by Linda Russell at 9:15 and again at 11:40 a.m.

Storyteller Jonathan Kruk will portray "Peter Kalm, Traveling Botanist" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the museum. The first-person performance brings to life the Scandinavian botanist who arrived at Crown Point's Fort St. Fr d ric on July 2, 1749, and stayed for 18 days, all the while noting the landscape, fossils, plant and animal life, and the food production of the French military.

Paul R. Huey, PhD, a career archeologist and researcher, will lead 30-minute indoor tours of the archeological artifacts in the exhibit galleries at Crown Point State Historic Site's museum building at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

John Grady of the New York State Department of Transportation will teach locally-relevant bridge building lessons in the pavilion at 12:30 p.m., comparing the 1929 original and the 2011 replacement Lake Champlain Bridge.

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