One very significant historic artifact at the Adirondack Museum needs your help. The Native American dugout canoe called the Ozonia, currently on display in the museum’s beloved “Boats and Boating” exhibition, needs some support.
From the Depths to the Galleries
The name Ozonia refers to Lake Ozonia in St. Lawrence County, the body of water in which the canoe was discovered. It was found submerged, not far from the Akwesasne Reserve, likely sunk to protect it from destructive rodents and uninvited borrowers. The vessel is radiocarbon dated to approximately 1400-1500 C.E., and represents some of the rich material history of Native American lifeways in the Adirondack region. Visible striations along the inside of the canoe have been identified as the builder’s reference marks for depth of carving as the craft was shaped. A canoe like this one may have been used by one or two paddlers for fishing, or perhaps tending to traps.
The dugout canoe is in a deteriorated state, which is the result of its time on the bottom of Lake Ozonia. In its current exhibition space, the canoe rests on a flat wooden platform and must be moved up and over the exhibit railings twice annually for cleaning and access to a Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC), which ensures continued preservation. Due to the fragility of this artifact, and the necessity to both move and support it, the need has arisen to provide a protective, portable structure on which the canoe can rest. This structure would provide both better visibility for museum visitors to examine the intricate details of the artifact, as well as ensure the continued preservation of the canoe during times of the year when it must be moved.
Raising $1,000 will allow us to custom-build a unique support for the dugout canoe that fits perfectly to its delicate, complex shape and great length, and will allow our staff to carefully move the vessel annually without touching the canoe directly, thereby preventing deterioration of the ancient wood. You can help us “deck out the dugout” today, by giving whatever you can to ensure the continued preservation, protection, and enjoyment of this wonderful piece of Adirondack — and North American — history.
Give a Little, Get a Little!
Everyone who gives to this special project will receive our heartfelt thanks, and the knowledge that they have helped to preserve a very significant artifact for generations to come. All donors who generously give $10 or more will receive a letter of thanks, and will have their name added to a list of donors who have helped to deck out the dugout on our website. Donors who give $20 or more will receive a complimentary admission pass to the Adirondack Museum for the 2016 season. Donors who give $50 or more will receive two complimentary admission passes to the Adirondack Museum. The very generous donors who give $100 or more will receive four complimentary admission passes to the Adirondack Museum (enough to bring family and friends next season!) and their names on a sign that will reside in the exhibition space with the dugout canoe and its newly constructed stand, which they helped make possible.
You will receive an email receipt from the Adirondack Foundation shortly after you donate that can be used for your tax records, and after we raise our goal of $1,000, you will receive your letter of thanks from the very grateful Adirondack Museum staff.
Tell your friends!
When you make a gift to help us preserve the dugout canoe, share the excitement! Post on Facebook or tweet using the hashtag #DeckOutTheDugout to let everyone know that you gave to this awesome cause, and encourage others to help out, too!
Click here to donate today.