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History: August 2009 Archives

Gateway to American History is now open

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collyer-hudson.jpgThe Rogers Island Visitor Center, off Route 197, in Fort Edward, will be transported back in time as it becomes a 1758 French and Indian War camp, on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the smells as meals are prepared over open camp fires and listen to stories of 18th century camp life.  Hear the musket fire as work parties are attacked beyond the fort and watch as the British and Provincial soldiers, along with their Native American allies, hurry to their defense.

To understand the significance of the French and Indian War, the Rogers Island Visitor Center in cooperation with the Post Star have created a special online presentation at http://poststar.com/highlights/fiw/. This website provides visitors with a French & Indian War 101 tutorial plus information on the key battles fought during this war. Special features include: how to fire a musket, eating in 1755, 18th Century medicine, and how to play "Nine Men Morris."

For more details or to plan a visit to the Rogers Island Visitors Center, please click here to visit their website.

Meet Samuel de Champlain

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champlain.gifOn August 13, 2009 at 2 p.m., in honor of the Quadricentennial, the Washington County Historical Society will present "Meet Samuel de Champlain," a first person account of 17th century life in the colony of New France.  Don Thompson, re-enactor will present the program wearing an authentic costume.  He will use artifacts and anecdotes.
 
The program will be held in Whitehall at Cook's Island Recreation Center on Main Street.  The program is designed to appeal to just about every age - from Grade 3 on up.  The performance is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Don Thompson is a retired social studies teacher who divides his year between Florida and Vermont.  He participates in archaeological digs every summer, usually at Rogers Island in Fort Edward, NY.
 
For more information, please visit the Washington County Historical Society website.

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