More than 400 years: Historical Society Unveils Quadricentennial Photographs

ELIZABETHTOWN, NY - The Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown, New York recently announced an online commemoration of the 2009 Quadricentennial in Essex County, New York. The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial 1609-1909 site has been designed to highlight photographs by Jack LaDuke acquired by the Essex County Historical Society in 2010. The site celebrates pride of place expressed through LaDuke's photographs of the 2009 commemorative year, and features photographs and items from the Essex County Historical Society's own collection from the 1909 Tercentenary and 1959 commemorations. The public is encouraged to contribute their own photographs to compliment items featured on the site. To access the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial 1609-1909 site visit http://champlain400th.omeka.net/ Funding for the project came from a 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration Grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Jack LaDuke was hired in 2009 to take photographs of the many significant events in the Champlain Valley region of New York State during the Quad year. LaDuke has forty years experience as a photographer, journalist and story-teller reporting on the Adirondacks and the North Country. He works for Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh, New York as a contributing reporter after spending most of his career with WCAX in Burlington, Vermont.

The Essex County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to interpreting Essex County history in a manner that inspires reflection, scholarship and comprehension of the land and endeavors of the inhabitants of the Adirondack/Champlain region. Our richest assets are the combination of documents, artifacts and art that with interpretation tell engaging stories of the Human Face of the Adirondacks. At the heart of the Historical Society's activities is the operation of the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown, New York. For more information contact the Essex County Historical Society at (518)-873-6466; echs@adkhistorycenter.org.

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