Champlain: The Lake Between
Explores Samuel de Champlain's 1609 arrival in the Lake Champlain region and its ensuing cultural history. When Champlain first came to the region, it had already been a multi-cultural landscape for thousands of years. For the next 150 years, trade alliances created both conflict and connections among Abenaki, Mohawk, French, English and Dutch people. The film features interviews and re-enactments set against the lake's natural beauty.
This educational package, for use in the classroom and by families who love to learn, is part of a vibrant project that was designed to stimulate curiosity about Lake Champlain's history. Although the lake is an international treasure, not enough of the region's history is widely known. Through research, archeology and film, the Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home project has produced materials to enrich educational opportunities.
Watch the film and use the learning activities to discover an exciting, more complete understanding and to build bridges between the people who came before us and today's communities. Learning activities and resources include background information, historic maps, activities tailored to thematic chapters, suggested reading and related websites.
Examples of Activities
- Abenaki History and Culture
Activity - Wobanakiak/Abenaki Place Names
Discussion - Connections to Our Food
- Champlain and the Beginning of New France
Activity - Using Maps as Primary Documents
- 1609 - A Historic Event
DVD Viewing and Discussion Questions
- Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Culture
Activity - Historical Longhouse and Modern Life Comparison
- Lake Champlain French Forts and Settlers
Activity - Daily Life at the Fort and in the Settlement
- Additional Resources
How to Order
To order a free copy of the Special Edition, which includes the documentary Champlain: The Lake Between and the Classroom Connections CD-ROM (contains the same information as the PDF above), call Chimney Point State Historic Site at 802-759-2412.
To order a DVD copy of the documentary alone, call VPT at 1-800-866-1666, or order online.
Champlain: The Lake Between is one element of the project "Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home," funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Project partners are the Chimney Point State Historic Site, Vt. Division for Historic Preservation, Bixby Memorial Free Library, and Vermont Public Television with Broadwing Productions.
Additional funding for educational resource development, outreach and distribution was provided by the Lake Champlain
Basin Program and the Vermont Community Foundation.