The Antique Boat Museum was excited to reintroduce our lecture series in 2021! Spanning all four seasons and a range of topics, we hope to be able to bring local history and boating life to you throughout the year whether you are with us in the 1000 Islands or far away and missing the River.
Note: All lectures, unless indicated otherwise, will be held in a hybrid in-person/virtual format. If you are unable to join us in-person, we invite you to join us via Youtube live stream. The live stream link for each lecture can be found below.
The lectures are always held in the Robert Osborne Cox Theatre at the Museum unless otherwise stated.
The St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands: The 12,500 years before us
Ken Knapp, Local Avocational Archaeologist
February 16, 2024 | 5:30pm
Youtube Live Stream: https://youtube.com/live/sBQBHMCbMYY
Our Region has been in geological transition since well before the end of the Ice Age, and the start of the Holocene geological epoch. Yet as an Early Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River emerged out of the Ice Age, the first peoples were living here, and are considered ancestral to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. They witnessed this Region’s environment undergo radical changes in the first 7000 years after melting glaciers left a massive draining Glacial Lake and the River was born. The 12,500 years before us; the Europeans, saw a rich heritage of Native American activities here, surviving and thriving through unimaginable climatic and geological upheaval that led to what we know as the Thousand Islands, this is their story…
Celestial Navigation – A Brief History and Basic Methodology
John Rusho, Retired Adjunct Astronomy Professor – SUNY Oswego
April 5, 2024 | 5:30pm
Youtube Live Stream: https://youtube.com/live/nHTdQqlA4Gg
A brief history of Celestial Navigation from Antiquity (3000 BC) through the Age of Exploration (circa 1500 AD on) will be described, followed by an explanation and demonstration of basic theory and procedures.
November 10, 2023: Sackets Harbor’s Horse Island with Constance Barone, Site Manager at Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (watch the recording of this lecture here)
September 8, 2023: The Thousand Islands: 20 Years Through the Lens with Chris Murray (watch the recording of this lecture here)
August 4, 2023: Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan with Douglas Brooks (watch the recording of this lecture here)
July 28, 2023: Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario – A Journey of Discovery with Jim Kennard, Shipwreck Explorer
April 21, 2023: The World Comes to the Waterfront: Historic Architecture and Ideas on New York’s Northeastern Shores with Professor Dennis Earle, Assistant Teaching Professor – Environmental and Interior Design & Shaffer Art History Professor at Syracuse University (watch the recording of this lecture here)
February 3, 2023: Key to Liberty, the Underwater Archaeology of the Revolutionary War on Lake Champlain with Chris Sabick, Director of Archaeology & Research at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (watch the recording of this lecture here)
December 2, 2022: Geology and People of the St. Lawrence with Dr. Laurie Rush, Cultural Resources Manager and Army Archaeologist – Ft. Drum (watch the recording of this lecture here)
October 28, 2022: Understanding the ecological role of wetlands in a changing river: Protecting and monitoring wetland fish habitat in the Thousands Islands with Thornton Ritz, SUNY ESF PhD Student (watch the recording of this lecture here)
August 12, 2022: The Katie Eccles and the Final Years of Sail on Lake Ontario with Ben Ioset, Texas A&M Anthropologist
June 18, 2022: Inextricably Connected: John Henry Rushton and Slipstream Watercraft with Slipstream Founders Stan & Cathy Zdunek
September 1, 2021: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame & The Wind in the Islands by Scott Ouderkirk
July 15, 2021: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
January 28, 2021: Shipwrecks of the 1000 Islands with Dennis & Kathi McCarthy
The Homer L. Dodge Lecture Series is funded by the Homer L. Dodge Endowment which funds programming that promotes, celebrates, and teaches topics focused on the history and ecology of the St. Lawrence River.