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The Queen City’s Anniversary Dreams: A Century of Champlain Commemorations

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To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s travels to the lake that now bears his name, Kevin Dann will present an illustrated talk on a century of Champlain commemorations in Burlington at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in the Special Collections Reading Room in Bailey/Howe Library. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1909, Burlington and the entire Champlain Valley celebrated the 300th anniversary of European “discovery,” and the parades, pageants, speeches and spectacles prophetically mapped the nation’s twentieth century course toward empire. A half century later, at the 350th anniversary Champlain celebration in 1959, the dreams and stories told by the region’s residents marked another landmark in local memory. Kevin Dann, author of A Short Story of American Destiny, 1909 – 2009, will use these episodes of remembering to explore how we may choose to remember Champlain and the region’s past at this moment of the Quadricentennial. Dann will also speak about his own dream to rediscover a lost history of courageous and creative peacemaking through a “Corridor of Amity” pilgrimage from Montreal to Manhattan in 2009.

Kevin Dann received his BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, his MA from the University of Vermont, and his PhD from Rutgers. He is the author of Lewis Creek Lost and Found, Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental Knowledge and Traces on the Appalachians: A Natural History of Serpentine in Eastern North America.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 656-2138 or e-mail uvmsc@uvm.edu. Parking is available at the visitor parking lot on College St. (free after 6 pm).

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