News Release: New Projects to Preserve and Celebrate Champlain Valley Heritage
Grand Isle, VT – Smuggling, bootlegging, and moonshining are among the many stories of the Champlain Valley’s past that will be highlighted by a suite of 22 new projects. The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to organizations in Vermont, New York and Québec for projects that promote and protect the region’s history in 2020 and 2021.
The grants will support work to showcase this rich history, conserve museum collections, and support internships in museums and libraries. The new projects will cover all aspects of the region’s cultural and natural heritage. Five projects will help mark the CVNHP’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the production, sales or transportation of alcoholic beverages
These “Interpretive Theme” projects interpret Prohibition using one of the CVNHP’s main focuses for connecting people with the past: the role of the Champlain Valley as a corridor of commerce and economic activity. Extending into Canada, the valley was fertile ground for the illegal transport of alcohol during Prohibition.
“We’re pleased to be able to provide support to our partners who are working hard to find creative and innovative ways to strengthen, celebrate, and bring pride to their communities during uncertain times,” said Dr. Eric Howe, director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and the CVNHP.
Projects supported for the 2020-21 season include:
Adirondack Experience: The Adirondack Experience Library will hire an intern for eight weeks in 2021 to process historical ephemera collections and oral history interviews that document life, industry, and development in New York’s Adirondack Park and its immediate environs, including portions of the Champlain Valley. ($5,000)
Musée Missisquoi Museum: The Québec museum will install UV Window Filtering Film and LED Lighting for the long-term preservation of artifacts. ($7,500)
Rokeby Museum: Students in grades 9-12 in Rokeby’s home school district in Vermont will participate in this place-based multi-disciplinary education project, with the assistance of museum staff and volunteer specialists, to develop new outdoor interpretive signage and trail infrastructure upgrades to the museum’s cultural and natural history interpretive trail “How Does a Farm Become a Forest?” ($4,000)
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: “Destroy the Cargo!” will be a new exhibit and digital interactive at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum showcasing the important role that Lake Champlain played in smuggling alcohol from Canada into the United States on Lake Champlain during federal Prohibition ($7,500)
Managed by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), the CVNHP includes the interconnected waterways of Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal and portions of the Upper Hudson River. The CVNHP region is the ancestral homeland of Algonquin and Iroquois peoples and, over the past 400 years, has played a vital role in the history of the United States and Canada.
The CVNHP grants are supported with funds awarded to NEIWPCC on behalf of the LCBP by the National Park Service and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC). Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont was instrumental in securing GLFC funds.
The CVNHP has awarded 171 grants since 2008, totaling $1.1 million for cultural- and natural-heritage focused projects. This investment has generated more than $2.5 million in matching funds from partners for a total of $3.6 million in cultural- and natural heritage-themed work through the CVNHP.
To view the full list of 2021 grants or to learn about future grant programs, please visit www.champlainvalleynhp.org/projects/grant-results/ For more information on the CVNHP or its grant program, please contact CVNHP Coordinator Jim Brangan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. The program works in partnership with federal agencies, state and provincial agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, local communities, businesses, and citizen groups. NEIWPCC serves as the primary program administrator of LCBP at the request of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee, and administers the program’s personnel and finances. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT at (802) 372-3213 / (800) 468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.