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February 11, 2009

Contact: Steven Leibman or Grace Per Lee
802-864-1848 ext. 125 or 131
sleibman@echovermont.org or gperlee@echovermont.org

 

VERMONT DIGNITARIES TO ATTEND PRE-OPENING EVENT FOR ECHO’S QUADRICENTENIAL EXHIBIT:
“INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: NATIVE PEOPLES OF THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN”

WHO: State of Vermont dignitaries, Vermont Native American dignitaries, Smithsonian anthropologist, Peabody-award-winning filmmaker, invited ECHO partners and supporters.
 

WHEN/WHAT:

Friday, February 13, 2009
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington, VT

6:00 p.m. Exhibit viewing of INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS throughout ECHO
6:45 p.m. REMARKS BY DIGNITARIES, RIBBON CUTTING AND RECOGNITION CEREMONY (Mezzanine)

  • Hon. Bob Kiss, Mayor, City of Burlington

  • Hon. James Douglas, Governor, State of Vermont

  • Bruce Hyde, Chair, Vermont Quadricentennial Commission

  • Robert Paquin, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy

  • Fred Wiseman, Tribal Historian

  • April St. Francis Merrill, Missisquoi

  • Nancy Millette, Connecticut River Valley KOAS

  • Burton DeCarr, Pipe Carrier

  • Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Elnu Abenaki

  • Dr. Stephen Loring, Anthropologist and Arctic Archaeologist, Smithsonian Institution

  • Ted Timreck, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker

  • Ned Castle, acclaimed photographer

  • Dr. Phelan Fretz, ECHO Executive Director

  • Tom Little, ECHO Board Chair

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Film House, 1 Main Street, Burlington VT
7:30 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Stephen Loring, Anthropologist and Arctic Archaeologist, Smithsonian Institution
8:00 p.m.

Premiere: Before the Lake was Champlain, by Ted Timreck, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker

WHY: Pre-opening event celebrating the opening of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain’s Quadricentennial exhibit: “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin” — declared a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Through hands-on exhibits, live species, a Contemporary Portrait Gallery, speaker’s series, film screenings, and artifacts, ECHO hopes to shed more light on indigenous stories that have too often been just a side-note in history, and to illustrate how their connections and adaptations to the land allow our Native neighbors to survive and thrive in the Lake Champlain Basin. In partnership with Smithsonian Institution Archaeologist and Anthropologist Stephen Loring and Abenaki Historian Frederick Wiseman, ECHO examines the multifaceted human-landscape connections that go back thousands of years, and are still viable today. The public exhibit opening is Saturday, February 14.

This exhibit made possible by a grant from the US Department of Education through the support of Patrick Leahy, KeyBank, and the ECHO Annual Fund.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits and events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. Admission is $7-$9.50; children under 3 and K-12 classroom teachers with credential ID are free. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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