Heritage Grants Available Through Champlain Valley National Heritage PartnershipBy Sue Hoxie
Addison County Chamber of Commerce Hosting Meeting to Discuss Area Projects
Middlebury, Vermont – August 4, 2014 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, August 12th at 9 a.m. to discuss grant opportunities available through the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP). The meeting will be held at the Chamber’s office at 93 Court Street, Middlebury and interested parties are invited to attend.
Grant projects are typically awarded to organizations that focus on the historical, cultural and recreational resources of the Champlain Valley. For example, in 2013 the Middlebury Otter Creek Revitalization Project Team was awarded funds to produce four interpretive panels that can be seen along the walkway of the new riverfront park adjacent to Marble Works. The panels give both residents and visitors a better understanding of the Otter Creek’s important role in the development of Middlebury.
Other local grants awarded through CVNHP include:
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for “Rabble in Arms 2014: The Attack on Fort Cassin” LCMM will recreate the events of 1814 when the British fleet sailed down Lake Champlain with the intent to destroy MacDonough’s ship building operation in Vergennes. Re-enactors from across the northeast will gather on the LCMM campus to recreate and interpret these events for the visiting public. Over 100 re-enactors, artillery units and reproduction 19th century vessels will bring the pivotal events of the War of 1812 to life.
- Henry Sheldon Museum for “Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain: A Comparative Study and Survey of Cultural Artifacts in Addison County, Vermont and Essex County, New York” With this grant students will identify local trapping boats in Addison County, Vermont and Essex County, New York, documenting them through interviews, measurements, and photographs. They will create scale drawings of a selection of historic boats, providing the first published record of these craft. In building replica boats, students will draft a comprehensive “how-to” document detailing how these boats were built, providing a workbook for future research and workshops.
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for “Up the Creek,” a new educational field program designed to introduce local school children to the history, archaeology and ecology of the Champlain Basin via a day-long rowing/paddling excursion down Otter Creek to Lake Champlain. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge and experience with the ecosystem though a series of stops along the river bank. In addition to a broad spectrum ecology, history, and archaeology curriculum, this day on the water will provide a personal connection to the waterways in participants’ own backyard.
Contact Sue Hoxie at the Chamber of Commerce with any questions (388-7951 or email@example.com).
About the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership
In November 2006, the communities along the interconnected waterways of Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal and the upper reaches of the Hudson River were designated as a national heritage area by the United States Congress. Named the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP), this national heritage area was established to recognize the importance of the historical, cultural, and recreational resources of the Champlain Valley and to assist efforts to preserve, protect, and interpret those resources. The purpose of the CVNHP also is to enhance the quality of the tourism economy and to encourage working partnerships among state, provincial, and local governments and non-profit organizations in New York, Quebec, and Vermont. The CVNHP is authorized to operate for 15 years and can receive up to $10 million in National Park Service funding to accomplish its goals.
Managed by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), the CVNHP is a 9,000-square-mile region made up of 11 counties in New York and Vermont. The LCBP Steering Committee relies on guidance and input from several advisory committees, including the Heritage Area Partnership Advisory Committee (HAPAC), which focuses on heritage and recreation issues and the management of the CVNHP. Due to the CVNHP’s immense geographic area, diverse economies, and varying needs, the HAPAC relies on county-based groups to provide input regarding developing programs and budget priorities for the CVNHP. The Historic Hudson-Hoosic Partnership fulfills that role for Washington and Saratoga counties of New York.
About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County.