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Lakes to Locks Social Media Workshop Planned

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Kim RiellyLakes to Locks Passage is set to host a workshop focusing on Social Media Strategies for Museums and Nonprofits on Friday, September 14, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Ticonderoga Historical Society, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

Kim Rielly, Executive Director of the Depot Theatre, and former director of communications at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism in Lake Placid, will discuss how to develop a basic digital strategy for social media. Continue reading

Lakes to Locks Roundtable: Cultivating Staff, Volunteers As Ambassadors

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Lakes to Locks Passage round tableLakes to Locks Passage is hosting a roundtable –  Cultivating Volunteers and Staff into Ambassadors  – on Friday, October 6, from 10 am to 3 pm in the Community Room at City Hall in Plattsburgh.

This workshop is intended for staff, volunteers, and board members from museums, historical societies, libraries, and other community organizations. Topics include volunteer recruitment, training and management, customer service, and collaboration. Get step-by-step instructions for structuring a successful volunteer program for organizations. The morning session presents an overview of the new Lakes to Locks Passage guidebook, Cultivating Volunteers and Staff into Ambassadors. The afternoon session is a working session inviting staff and volunteers to share storytelling experiences and tips about items in their collection, which guides visitors to a greater understanding of a community’s heritage. Continue reading

Champlain Canal Region Social Reform Movements Roundtable

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champlain-canal-lockHistorians, museums, libraries, cultural groups, political leaders and community members are invited to a roundtable discussion on “Social Reform Movements of the 19th Century in the Champlain Canal Region of New York” on Friday, January 20 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Schuyler Room of the Saratoga Town Hall.

Stories gathered at the roundtable will be used to design public humanities programs on themes related to social reform movements during the Industrial Revolution. Continue reading

Tourism Focus of ‘Lakes to Locks’ Annual Meeting Thursday

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L2L_Logo_Final2-[Converted]The Board of Lakes to Locks Passage is inviting the public to attend their Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 10 from 10AM to 12 noon, at the Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY.  The Lakes to Locks Passage Annual Meeting provides an overview of current activities and recent achievements for communities in the region.

This year’s guest speaker will be Gavin Landry, Executive Director of Empire State Development’s Tourism Division, addressing the future of tourism in New York State and how Lakes to Locks Passage can help play an active role in the brand of I Love NY. Continue reading

The Power of Geotourism: The D&H Trainwreck of 1946

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dh“The sun shone brightly August 26, 1946, and the sky was blue — a gorgeous summer day in the Adirondacks. The southbound train on the Adirondack line of the D&H was bubbling with excited children–318 of them–all headed south to New York City to return to their families after a summer at camp in the Adirondacks. Neither they nor the train’s crew knew that at that very moment passenger train 181, from Saratoga Springs, chugged steadily northward toward them—unaware of their presence on those very same tracks.” Continue reading

Trail to Mark Historic March From Fort Miller to Bennington

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In August of 1777, German Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum found himself in a precaurious position as his dismounted cavalry trudged through an unfamiliar wilderness – on a continent seperated by the Altlantic Ocean from their European homes – accompanied by British marksmen, layalists, and Native Americans of uncertain discipline.

Speaking in only his native tongue, unfamiliar with war in the wilderness, wary of the rebels’ determination and having no understanding of the landscape that lay between him and his goal, Baum departed from Fort Miller to capture stores at Bennington. So begins the saga of “The Road to Walloomsac.” Continue reading

Forest to Fields: Champlain Valley Agriculture History

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A short booklet, From Forest to Fields: A History of Agriculture in new York’s Champlain Valley published by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Essex County and the Lake to Locks Passage Scenic Byway highlights the rich history of the Champlain Valley with a focus on the region’s farms and fields.

From Forests to Fields is authored by Anita Deming, who has more than 30 years experience as an agricultural extension agent with CCE, and Andrew Alberti, Program Manager for Lakes to Locks Passage since 2008 (where he focuses on 21st century technology applications and local and regional interpretation and planning) and a contributor here at New York History. Alberti is also editor for the Lakes to Locks Passage and National Geographic Geotourism website.

Chapters cover Native American agriculture, early explorers and settlements, the agricultural revolution, farming in the modern era and a short review of the architecture and use of farm buildings and a list of resources. The authors explain the impact of the 1807 Embargo Act, the influence of the opening of the Champlain Canal in 1823 on local farm trade, the grange movement, and changes in the local sheep and dairy industries, and more.

The booklet is 48 pages and profusely illustrated. You can request a copy by contacting Lakes to Locks Passage. There is a suggested $10 + S&H donation.