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Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Celebrating Champlain

Parades and Pagentry

 
 
Celebrating Champlain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Schwarzmueller, December 6, 2015
1. Celebrating Champlain Marker
Inscription. In July 1609, Samuel de Champlain became the first European to set eyes on Lake Champlain. Three hundred years later, in July of 1909, communities around Lake Champlain celebrated the tercentenial of Champlain's expedition. Burlington marked the event in grand style. President Taft arrived on the steamship Ticonderoga and spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands at City Hall Park. Weeklong festivities included a parade, semi-pro baseball game, sailing regatta, motorboat race, fireworks, and Burlington's first marathon.
An eye-popping historical pageant capped the celebrations. At the foot of College Street, thousands of spectators packed a lakefront grandstand. Offshore- on a 300-foot-long floating stage bedecked with tepees, longhouse, and living trees- more than 175 Iroquois descendants reenacted the formation of the Iroquois confederacy and the battle with some sixty of their native opponents with whom Champlain and his two men were allied.
In 1959, a dramatic "canoecade" formed the centerpiece of the 350th anniversary celebrations. Traveling in hand-crafted birch bark canoes, performers reenacted Champlain's historic voyage with his two compatriots and some 60 Huron, Algonquin, and Montagnais Indian allies.
Each anniversary celebration has offered its own interpretation of Champlain's legacy. The 1909 events highlighted
Left Text - English image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Schwarzmueller, December 6, 2015
2. Left Text - English
heroism and battle conquests. In 2009, festivities celebrated the Lake Champlain region's natural and cultural diversity. How will we celebrate in 2019?

"The next day we entered the lake, which is of great extent, say eighty or a hundred leagues long.... There are also many rivers falling into the Lake, bordered by many fine trees of the same kind as those we have in France, with many vines finer than any I have seen in any other place; also many chestnut-trees on the border of this lake, which I had not seen before." The Voyages of Sieur de Champlain. Published 1613, translated by Charles Pomeroy Otis, 1878.
In 1959, spectators crowded North Beach to witness a "canoecade" that reenacted Samuel de Champlain's voyage on Lake Champlain. Costumed children joined in the post-performance activities.
In July 1909, this floating stage formed the set for an elaborate historical play. When the play was complete, a tugboat hauled the stage and performers to their next venue, in Isle La Motte.
Decorated with electric lights and banners, Church Street welcomed festival goers to the 1909 celebrations. Some 25,000 electric bulbs were strung over Burlington's streets for the event.

[marker is also in French]
 
Location. 44° 28.615′ N, 73° 13.194′ W.
Center Texts image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Schwarzmueller, December 6, 2015
3. Center Texts
Marker is in Burlington, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street and Lake Street, on the right when traveling west on College Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington VT 05401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quadricentennial Celebration (here, next to this marker); Little Italy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vermont / Steamer "Vermont" (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battery (approx. mile away); Howard William Plant memorial (approx. mile away); William Wells (approx. mile away); Site of the Old Gas Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battery Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burlington.
 
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Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Schwarzmueller, December 6, 2015
4. Time Capsule
At same location as marker.
Back of Celebrating Champlain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Schwarzmueller, December 6, 2015
5. Back of Celebrating Champlain Marker
Eastward, College Street towards Lake Street intersection. The back of the marker(s) is black. It is the marker closer to the street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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