VERGENNES-A new era is dawning in the life of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum as the museum looks ahead to its first change in leadership in the 26 years since it was founded.
Art Cohn and LCMM's Board of Directors unveiled their transition plan for the next years of leadership for LCMM.
This fall, Cohn, co-founder and executive director, looks forward to taking on the new role of senior advisor and special projects Director, while Erick Tichonuk and Adam Kane, both longtime members of the museum staff, will ascend to the position of co-executive directors.
Tichonuk will have primary responsibility for the fleet, museum programs and operations, while Kane will be Archaeological Director of LCMM's Maritime Research Institute. They will work in tandem on the overall leadership of LCMM.
The announcement comes as the Maritime Museum prepares to launch into a typically busy "open" season.
Kane is deploying teams of LCMM nautical archaeologists to fieldwork and consultations in Onondaga Lake and Lake George as well as Lake Champlain, while Tichonuk directs the installation of the museum's new exhibits, readies the Philadelphia II and Lois McClure for the new season, and works with waterfront communities around the lake in anticipation of the schooner's "Farm and Forest" tour this summer.
Cohn said, "We have just celebrated LCMM's 25th anniversary year, and this positive transition plan provides assurance that the museum will build upon its accomplishments and be even more productive in the years to come."
Over the past 26 years, LCMM has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to a world-class nautical archaeological research center with a lakeside campus of 18 buildings, a fleet of full-sized and operational replica vessels, and a staff including educators, boat builders and curators.