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The Champlain Tercentenary
July 4 to July 10, 1909

Champlain Tercentenary book coverFrom Sunday, July 4 to Saturday, July 10, 1909, New York State and Vermont hosted a bi-state celebration commemorating the discovery of Lake Champlain in 1609 and three subsequent centuries steeped in history. July 4th, Champlain Sunday, marked the beginning of a week-long series of events along the lake. In Plattsburgh, the pastor preached on "Three Centuries of Divine Providence in the Champlain Valley." At Cliff Haven, in a forest cathedral, Pontifical High Mass was celebrated. And in Burlington 5000 people gathered at the lakefront and shared in a vesper service honoring Champlain.

And that was just for starters. There were sumptuous banquets and rousing parades of military troops, fraternal and civic organizations. Thrilling mock battles and colorful Indian pageants. Literary exercises, original poems and ballads. Addresses by President William Howard Taft, Vice President James S. Sherman, New York Governor Charles Evans Hughes, and many other American and foreign dignitaries. All culminating in a water carnival complete with motorboat and canoe races.


Photos of the 1909 Celebration
President Taft at the Plattsburgh celebration
President Taft at the Plattsburgh celebration
Parade of floats in Plattsburgh
Parade of floats in Plattsburgh
Crowd at Plattsburgh celebration
Crowd at Plattsburgh celebration

Historical parade in Plattsburgh
Historical parade in Plattsburgh
Steamboat landing at Crown Point
Steamboat landing at Crown Point
Speakers at the Crown Point celebration
Speakers at the Crown Point celebration

Governor Hughes at the Crown Point celebration
Governor Hughes at the Crown Point celebration
Troops marching at Burlington parade
Troops marching at Burlington parade
Crowd at the Burlington celebration
Crowd at the Burlington celebration

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