Shoppers can now preview local museum exhibits next time they are at the mall. Champlain Centre has partnered with local museums to offer shoppers a unique educational opportunity in an unexpected location – a shopping center.
Champlain Centre is proud to welcome Clinton County Historical Association, Lake Champlain Basin Program and 1814 Commemoration Inc to the mall. Visitors can check out a variety of exhibits from the local history of Bootlegging and Prohibition to Sky Woman and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Creation Story.
Penny Clute, facilitator for the Tsi ietsenhtha (Gee Yeh Jon’ Ta)/Plattsburgh Art Project, said, “Our group’s purpose is to acknowledge and honor the Haudenosaunee people who have been here for thousands of years. We installed a Turtle Sculpture on the waterfront in Plattsburgh’s Peace Point Park this fall, and now the opportunity to have a display at the mall wonderfully expands our educational reach. When shoppers see our exhibit, they will learn of the importance of the turtle in the Creation Story and why North America is called Turtle Island.”
Geri Favreau, President of CCHA, said, “CCHA is very pleased to be a part of ‘Museum at the Mall.’ Our presence at the Champlain Centre Mall is a wonderful opportunity for CCHA to promote the history of Clinton County. We have new and updated exhibits in every gallery at the Museum. Our in-house Prohibition exhibit (funded by a 2021 Corridor of Commerce Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership) tells the story of prohibition and bootlegging in the County from 1920-1933.” Shoppers can get a preview of this exhibit in the window by Bazaar Trader. The Museum on the base is currently open by appointment only by calling 518/561-0340.