Lake Champlain Maritime Museum co-director heading to Fairbanks Museum

FERRISBURGH — Co-director Adam Kane will leave the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at the end of the summer to take over the helm of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.
Chairman of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Board of Directors Darcey Hale earlier this month announced that move, which will be effective Sept. 1.
“The Maritime Museum has raised a leader from within our ranks,” Hale noted. “Adam came to us as an intern 14 years ago and is leaving to lead one of Vermont’s preeminent cultural institutions. We wish him all the best and we congratulate the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium on their outstanding selection.”
Kane took the helm at LCMM with Co-director Erick Tichonuk in November 2011 when founding Director Art Cohn stepped down. In 2012 Kane oversaw a record-setting archaeological season that included the museum’s first underwater field school in nearly 20 years and its busiest dive season yet with more than 294 dives. LCMM’s 2013 archaeological project schedule is equally ambitious, with commitments to fieldwork in Lake Champlain and Lake Onondaga, exhibits on the Hudson River, and leading the establishment of a New York State Underwater Blueway Trail of shipwreck preserves.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and grow at the Maritime Museum,” said Kane, who served as LCMM’s archaeological director from 2001 to 2011. “It’s an amazing institution and I look forward to facilitating cross-mountain partnerships between these two great museums.”
It is undecided whether Kane will be replaced or Co-director Tichonuk will carry on as the sole director. Tichonuk praised Kane for his work at the LCMM.
“Adam and I have had a wonderful partnership in many different ways over the years,” he said. “While I am saddened by his departure, in keeping with the flexibility and team spirit that characterizes LCMM, its future leadership is being planned in a thoughtful manner that will ensure institutional stability and the fulfillment of our ongoing programs and commitments.”
Tichonuk, who has worked at LCMM since it opened and now oversees the museum’s 17-building campus and exhibits, has just re-launched 1776 gunboat replica Philadelphia II and 1964 wooden tugboat C. L. Churchill and is readying schooner Lois McClure for a four month, 40 port journey.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is open from May 25 through Oct. 13. Located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road, seven miles west of Vergennes, LCMM was founded in 1985 to preserve and share the rich maritime history and archaeology of the Champlain Valley.

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