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Welcome to the New York State Education Department Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource!

Come celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's and Henry Hudson’s voyages of discovery and the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton’s Clermont. Explore 10 standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary, middle and commencement level instructional modules and 3 scholarly overviews that focus on the broad historical themes of encounters between peoples, global trade, and commerce. The instructional modules include primary, secondary and web resources. Of particular interest is the Explore New York 400 web site that was developed by the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. This site provides additional resources along with future 2009 events and activities that students may want to participate in and/or attend. A third component Strategies for Using the Champlain, Hudson, and Fulton Commemorations Online Resource, was designed to assist school districts as they develop their own local commemorative instructional programs.

This online resource highlights teachable moments that enable students to think critically and historically. It acknowledges that historical documents may use language that can be viewed as incendiary and offensive. An example of such language is the use of the 17th century French perjorative word “sauvage” in the writings of Samuel de Champlain. This word is often translated as "savage" in modern English. Teachable moments stress that documents should be analyzed from the perspective of their original, historical and cultural contexts, but they can also be viewed from contemporary perspectives. It is important that our students develop the ability to interact and engage with a broad range of instructional materials. Please exercise discretion as you create your commemorative lessons.


For any questions relating to this site, email emscurric@mail.nysed.gov

Posted: December 10, 2007