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History Lesson for Clinton County Students

Chazy, New York - November 12, 2008

More than a dozen town historians from throughout Clinton County, N.Y., brought local history to scores of Chazy students Wednesday. It's all part of the quadricentennial celebration coming up this summer.

Nearly 40 students from the seventh-grade at Chazy Central sat with historians and learned more about local history than they might ever learn in books. Now they will draw from their new research and create art work of historical moments of their village.

"Once the research is concluded the students will turn the research into historical posters. Once the posters are approved they will be turned into clay tiles to be put on the Clinton County Government Center building," explained Justin Frechette, the mural project coordinator.

When finished, the mural will be about 35 feet long and 10 feet wide. It will depict the discovery of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain, the growth of farming and other industries in the county.

"I've picked out lime burning... the limestone. There's different places in Chazy where there's a lot of limestone. That was a big business and they could do different metals. That's one big thing I'm doing," student Paige Garnot said.

The students had an up close look at how to mold the clay tiles that will make up the huge mural later on. Most agreed that learning history like this made it come alive.

The first settlement in Peru was the Quaker union. This was where most of the people lived.

"I think you get to learn a lot more about your local history. In the town you live in you get to know what happened and you are in the area where the famous stuff happened," student Alec LaPierre said.

Hands on sessions like this will be going on in every school in the county over the next couple of weeks as the students prepare for the quadricentennial mural.

It is hoped that of the hundreds of tiles that will be made, the youths will be able to put them on the Government Center creating a mosaic of Clinton County history.

Jack LaDuke - WCAX News

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