-- Arthur B. Cohn, Co-Founder; Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

May 11, 7:30 Waterman Memorial Lounge, University of Vermont

In this talk Art Cohn will examine Lake Champlain's historical 
connection to the American Revolution and the fighting field-commander 
Benedict Arnold. The centerpiece of the presentation will be the pivotal 
1776 naval contest between Great Britain, at the time the greatest Naval 
power on earth, and the fledgling United States of America. The American 
fleet was under the command of the intense, charismatic and flawed 
General Benedict Arnold when the two fleets met on October 11th, 1776 
for a battle that would help define the outcome of the war. The two 
combatants fought over three-days and 70-miles of Lake Champlain. Art 
will offer a new opinion about the often-debated question of whether 
Benedict Arnold was a "Hero or Traitor."

*The talk will follow the Annual Meeting & Dinner of the Center for 
Research on Vermont. The public is welcome. Information here 
at the Center for Research on Vermont <>**.*

*Archeological Legacy*: Art will also discuss the archaeological legacy 
located from this battle for control of strategic Lake Champlain. The 
talk will present the discovery of the gunboat /Spitfire/, Arnold's last 
unaccounted for gunboat from the Battle of Valcour Island, and the 
complex management plan being completed to decide its future. The talk 
will invite the audience to offer opinion's about what should happen to 
the warship.

*About Art:*Art Cohn has been studying Benedict Arnold for many years 
and is currently a Research Fellow at the William Clements Library at 
the University of Michigan studying the Sir Henry Clinton Papers for 
clues that will increase our understanding of the war and its 
participants. Art Cohn is the co-founder and first director of the Lake 
Champlain Maritime Museum, based in Ferrisburgh. A professional diver 
and tugboat captain, Art has coordinated and participated in Lake 
Champlain’s archaeological projects for the past three decades. Cohn has 
a B.A. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from 
Boston College Law School.

*Sponsored by Special Collections at Bailey-Howe, the Lake Champlain 
Maritime Museum & the Center for Research on Vermont. *

Richard Watts, Ph.D.
Director: Center for Research on Vermont

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