March 2015

Gallery Opening of Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain; an Ongoing Study and Survey of Cultural Artifacts in Addison County, Vermont and Essex County, New York.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

We are pleased to announce the opening of "Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain," which will take place during the month of March. This exhibit is the culmination of several years of research into the craft of boatbuilding by Lake Champlain trappers from the 1940's through the 1980's. The most recent research is a partnership between The Henry Sheldon Museum and the Patricia Hannaford Career Center, both in Middlebury, Vermont. The project was an innovative research partnership which took place throughout the fall 2014 semester. Earlier work with Middlebury College students saw them conduct research on the traditions of local trapping boats. The project has been led by Douglas Brooks, a noted boatbuilder, author, and researcher, who has worked with students doing oral history research, artifact documentation, and boatbuilding.

The opening is on March 6 from 6-8pm and is located at Frog Hollow, 85 Church Street.

Artist/Researcher Talk with Douglas Brooks

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

Join us this evening at 6pm for a Gallery Talk with Douglas Brooks, the artist and researcher behind our current exhibit,“Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain; A Comparative Study and Survey of Cultural Artifacts in Addison County, Vermont and Essex County, New York.”

Building on research he did with Middlebury College students, Douglas' project identified local trapping boats in Addison County, Vermont and Essex County, New York, documenting them through interviews, measurements, and photographs. Scale drawings of a selection of historic boats were created, providing the first published record of these craft. In building replica boats, students drafted a comprehensive “how-to” document detailing how these boats were built, providing a workbook for future research and workshops.

This event is free and open to the public.