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By James P. Millard
On Sunday, July 4, 1909 several communities began celebrations the likes of which had never before been seen along historic Lake Champlain. The previous day had brought festivities at historic Swanton and Vergennes. July 4th, however, designated Champlain Sunday, marked the beginning of a week-long series of events along the lake. Celebrations were held up and down the waterway commemorating all that took place here, beginning with discovery of Lake Champlain by the French explorer three hundred years earlier.
Three years later there was another series of celebrations as notables from far and near returned to Champlain's lake. In this series America's Historic Lakes will take you, through contemporary photos and text, to that special time...
Mrs. George Fuller Tuttle, in her "THREE CENTURIES IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY" 1 set the tone for us when she described the first day's observances:
The Report of the New York Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission 2, tells us more of the celebrations on the Vermont side of the lake:
In keeping with the sense of propriety of the times, Sunday July 4 was mostly reserved for religious events. The celebrations in earnest began Monday in historic Crown Point.
1 THREE CENTURIES IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY: A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL FACTS AND INCIDENTS- TERCENTENARY EDITION. 1909: Compiled and Edited by Mrs. George Fuller Tuttle. Saranac Chapter, D.A.R. Plattsburgh, NY.
2 The Champlain Tercentenary: Report of the New York Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission.1911:Prepared by Henry Wayland Hill, LL.D., Secretary of the Commission. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, State Printers.
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