The Lifecycle of an Exhibit, Part I: De-Installation

There is a certain magic about walking into a new exhibit. A sense of mystery, surprise, and discovery greet you as you turn each corner. Thousands of visitors come to the Fort Ticonderoga’s museum exhibits each year, and many are impressed when they see a space completely redesigned and reinterpreted in the short months between the end of one season and the beginning of the next. But what happens in those months when the doors to the exhibit are closed off to the public? Let’s take a closer look behind-the-scenes! Collections Blog 1After the last visitor exits the gallery on the last day of an exhibit, the collection and exhibition teams move into action. In the fall of 2015, we took down the major exhibit: Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Military Clothing; the following pictures are all behind-the-scenes shots from this de-installation.

A collections team has to be organized. Ideally, each object has a record in the digitized collections database—the museum uses the latest version of PastPerfect—that include when the museum acquired the object, the description and date, condition information, and where it is housed when not on display. These records offer a glimpse at not only the historical importance of an object, but also its institutional history: when and where it has been on display, if there has been any conservation work done, if it has been published or not, and photographs that show the condition of the object over time. Each of the hundreds of objects on display has special handling and storage needs based off the age, materials, and condition. The collections database is a place where a conversation about individual object needs can be discussed.

First, the object prep area was created. We used tables covered with conservation blankets and an extra table for packing supplies such as; acid-free tissue paper, twill tape, ethafoam, and acid-free hanging tags for creating new labels where they were needed. Staff members inspected each object for any changes to the object’s condition since it went on display.

Here, our team inspects the late-1760s Phineas Jakeways coat before housing it in its acid-free box. Collections Blog 3 They used unbuffered aciCollections Blog 2d-free tissue paper to pad out the areas where the textile wants to fold or crease—such as in the sleeves, and at the bottom of the coat—to reduce stress to the garment in storage. This is especially important for very large textiles, such as quilts and blankets, that often have very fragile areas where they have been folded in the same place for decades—or centuries! Instead of storing our 1770s “GR” wool blanket Collections Blog 4 in an over-sized box with lots of tissue padding it out, we rolled the entire piece on a large acid-free roll. Once rolled, the entire tube is covered in muslin to protect the blanket from any dust. By rolling large textiles, we spend better economical use of our storage space in addition to better preserving the object itself—a win-win!

The team wore nitrile gloves when handling the Boston Independent Company of Cadets coat (c. 1772-1774) to prevent the invisible oils on our hands from making contact with the original silver-foil buttons. The oils on our hands contain acids, lipids, proteins and sugars that can permanently etch into a metal surface, ruining a metal’s finish. Collections Blog 5

Alec and Matt also backed each button with a small coin of tissue paper to further reduce the constant contact of metal to cloth in storage. Collections Blog 6Notice that Margaret wore gloves when handling the silver gorget as she moves it from its display to its storage box. Small preventative measures such as these can make a big difference over the long life of an object that is already over 200 years old!

One of the biggest challenges during the de-installation of Founding Fashion was working with the hundreds of buttons, needles, buckles, and other small archaeological pieces that are part of the museum’s renowned archaeological collection. Collections Blog 7

Two team members were devoted just to the organization and re-housing of these pieces, which included detective-work going back into the records to determine exactly which bag, tray, and box each individual piece needed to be returned to. As we mentioned before, a collections team has to be organized!

Each box was carefully packed for the journey to the storage facility where the boxes returned to their home locations and the database records updated. In some ways, the beginning of an exhibit’s lifecycle comes during the end of another one. Even though one exhibit was over, the next one was just beginning! For a collections team, there is a constant balance of preparing for future exhibits, working on current exhibits, and recording information from previous exhibits. We will explore a behind –the-scenes look at the efforts that go into preparing objects for a new exhibit in our next blog post on The Lifecycle of an Exhibit.

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CELEBRATE AMERICA WITH PATRIOTIC MUSIC AT FORT TICONDEROGA’S FIFE & DRUM CORPS MUSTER JULY 30TH

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) Experience martial music at its best at Fort Ticonderoga on July 30th during the Fife and Drum Corps Muster! From the American Revolution, to modern commemoration, learn about the practical purpose of fifes and drums. Enjoy the stirring rhythms and tunes of these classic marches and camp songs throughout the day. Admission to the Fife & Drum Corps Muster is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket. A special evening Twilight Fife & Drum Corps Concert will be presented at 7:00 pm on the fort parade ground. Tickets for the evening program are $10.00, children 4 years and younger, and Members of Fort Ticonderoga are free. To learn more about this event, please call 518-585-2821.

“The Fife and Drum Corps Muster highlights the role Fife and Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history. The Fife and Drum Corps gained increased popularity during the American bicentennial celebrations,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “In 18th-century military life, fifes and drums served as one of the primary modes of battlefield communication and camp regulation.”

Fort Ticonderoga formed its first Fife and Drum Corps in 1926, on the eve of the 150th anniversary celebration of American Independence. The Corps performed at the Fort each summer until the beginning of World War II. When the World’s Fair came to New York City in 1939, the Fife and Drum Corps was a featured performance on May 10th, Fort Ticonderoga Day, celebrating the 164th anniversary of the capture of the Fort by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and the Green Mountain Boys.

In 1973, in preparation for the bicentennial, Fort Ticonderoga revived the Fife and Drum Corps to perform daily during the museum campus’ summer season. The Fife and Drum Corps has performed every year since, and has been a featured performance at many major public events, including the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, the Christening of the US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser USS Ticonderoga CG-47, and several Evacuation Day parades in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of Ticonderoga area High School students who are paid employees of Fort Ticonderoga, an independent, not-for-profit educational organization. The Fife and Drum Corps is part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Interpretive Department whose focus brings to life Fort Ticonderoga’s specific history through daily interpretive programs, historic trades, and special events.

 

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Photo: Fife and Drum Corps 2016

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British and Brunswick Fatigue Work at Ticonderoga in 1777

At the onset of the 1777 campaign, General John Burgoyne put a heavy reliance on the artillery and engineers of the army.  These two factions employed parties of men to expedite the works such as, building and repairing fortifications and roads. During a formal siege fatigue work is most important, as it facilitates the artillery’s motion. When the army landed at Crown Point on June 14th, Lieutenant Thomas Anbury, of the 29th Foot, recorded fatigue work in preparation for the siege.

the rest of the army are to be employed in forwarding the convoys and transports of provisions, removing artillery, and preparing fascines and other necessaries for artillery operations, and to commence the siege.brunswick soldiers

The Royal Artillery and Hesse-Kassel artillery attached to the wings of the army were supplied with tools necessary for building fortifications and roads. The procedure for drawing tools was briefly outlined in General Burgoyne’s orders on June 27th, “they are to apply to the Brigades of Artillery upon the Flanks, and return them as soon as the work is done. The greatest Attention must be had to the care of Tools, as the Regiments will be answerable for them.”

Lieutenant Hadden, of the Royal Artillery, recorded an inventory of tools in his journal on June 28th, as the army prepared to embark from Crown Point for its attack on Ticonderoga.

The following list of Intrenching Tools were attached to Capt. Borthwick’s & Pauche’s Brigades, [viz.]

 

  No Each Weighing Total Weight, lbs
Spades 80 6 480
Shovels 20 8 160
Felling Axe’s 50 8 400
Pick-Axe’s 60 7 420
Hoes 20 7 140
Hand Bills 25 2 50
Hand Hatch’ts 25 2 50
Hand Barrows 5 18 90
Wheel Barrows 14 40 560
Sand Baggs 180 15/18 150

 

Upon arriving at camp to the north of Three-Mile Point, fatigue parties from regiments were employed in clearing land for roads. While not under the fire of the enemy, this process was not without its dangers; On July 1st Lieutenant Hadden noted in his journal, “One of the men stumbled over the small stumps in the new clear’d Road & broke three of his Ribs:  I remark this to shew the necessaity of cutting the small bushes very close to the ground where men are to pass and repass in the night time.”

As the army approached Ticonderoga, they wasted no time in erecting fortifications, bridges and roads. In his journal on July 4th, Lieutenant Hadden described the road construction that paved the way for the American withdrawal:

The artificers were employed in repairing the Bridge at the Saw Mills burnt by the Enemy, and making a Road to the top of a high Mountain called Sugar Loaf Hill.

This work, accomplished under the guns of the American Great Redoubt onbattery the old French Lines was continued the next day. On July 5th Hadden noted, “a working party of 400 men, order’d from the Right Wing in order to erect a Battery the next evening. These 400 men were in addition to regular fatigue parties; General Burgoyne ordered on the 5th “Exclusive of the working parties upon the Road, 400 men from the Right Wing are to be kept fresh for working under the Chief Engineer tomorrow at Sunset.” This somewhat secret working party sent up Sugar Loaf Hill, facilitated the final stroke in the siege, forcing the Americans to retreat from Ticonderoga and Mount Independence.

Once Ticonderoga was taken on July 6th, the Prinz Friedrich Regimentand 62nd Foot guarded Ticonderoga as the main army moved on.  The garrison employed American tools and stores for fatigue work. Correspondence for the 47th Regiment of Foot included accounts of tools taken at Ticonderoga including, “great quantities of Military stores of every determination, intrenching tools, &c, &c, &c.” These tools not only used by British and Brunswick fatigue parties, but also in the hands of American prisoners.  Two hundred prisoners of war captured during the American retreat and the Battle of Hubbarton made their way back to Ticonderoga and were used as labor. A 62nd Foot orderly book entry from July 12th explained the procedure for employing prisoners:

The Prisoners are not to be taken out to work on that side without the knowledge of the Capt. For the day and then a certain proportion to be left at home to cook for the rest—

The prisoners spent most of their time repairing roads and moving artillery and stores. Lieutenant Hadden notes on July 29th “The Road is tolerably level, and where it wanted repairs the Rebel Prisoners were employed being furnished with Tools and working under a Guard: We had about Two hundred of them confined in a Barn, and those who were not wanted either for the redoubtabove purpose or Removing Guns & stores, amused themselves in beating Hemp.”

While prisoners spent most of the summer of 1777 repairing roads, British and Brunswick soldiers were employed in the construction of fortifications and buildings.  Records and journals rarely mentioned details of this work, a short note from Ensign von Hille of the Prinz Freidrich Regiment during the retreat from Ticonderoga on November 8th listed much of the work of the past several months:soldiers huts

With the reveille shot, all the newly built blockhouses, huts, barracks, magazines etc. were set afire, also the large communication bridge between Mt. Indep and Ticonderoga as well as the small one toward the portage of Lake George.

As cold weather approached at the end of October, Brunswick soldiers took measures to create makeshift housing.  Ensign von Hille wrote on October 22nd “Our men built huts out of boards to protect themselves from cold weather.”  These rapidly built huts may have been framed structures or they may simply have been simple boards laid over a central ridge beam or even over existing tents like those pictured in the 1788 book Was ist jedem Officier wahrend eines Feldzugs zu wissen nothig. Mit zehen Kupferplatten.

With all the works at Ticonderoga and Mount Independence held by two regiments, resources and man power were stretched thin. On September 18th, Colonel John Brown of Massachusetts succeed in freeing American prisoners of war and captured four companies of the 53rd Foot, leaving an even smaller labor force. Canadian workmen, who were employed loading and unloading boats, carts and wagons at the landings, fled at the start of Brown’s Raid as well, leaving the garrison’s manpower further depleted. During the five day siege laid by Colonel Brown, British and Brunswick soldiers were stretched to their limit. This state of affairs was described by Ensign von Hille on October 22nd, the day before Colonel Brown retreated from Ticonderoga.

For the past few weeks the service and the work were so demanding that even on Sundays not a single man was in the camp during the day and the men had to cook their salted meat at night.

To fuel this work and keep the fatigue party’s spirits high, commanders allocated rum rations to the working parties. On June 29th, Lieutenant Hadden noted he, “allowed Rum in common with other fatigue Parties.”  Not only were British and Brunswick soldiers supplied with a rum ration urestingpon order of fatigue, but so were the prisoners of war.

While Burgoyne and the main army pushed past Ticonderoga, a support force had to remain behind.  Those two regiments left behind were under strength, yet expected to maintain to fortifications, buildings, bridges, roads, and stores that were built by an American army of 10,000 in 1776.  The mundane tasks of the fatigue parties were the backbone of the communication and supply at Ticonderoga.  Working against all odds, the post was not only maintained, but additions were made throughout the summer into fall of 1777.  However, all the hours of labor and back breaking work were destroyed as Ensign von Hille described on November 8th, “the artillery corp was last,” setting everything ablaze and “Fort Ticond. Blew up high into the air…”

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Fort Ticonderoga Presents “Defiance & Independence” Battle Re-enactment, July 23 & 24

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(Ticonderoga, NY)  Join Fort Ticonderoga for a two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the climactic summer of 1777 as the Fort’s American garrison was outflanked by a British invasion force descending from Canada.  The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to this re-enactment event is included in a Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket.  To learn more about the event and the full event schedule visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/events/fort-events/defiance-independence-re-enactment/detail or call 518-585-2821.

The Surprising American Retreat:

Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the surprising American retreat and British capture of Fort Ticonderoga in early July 1777.  Experience the fog of war and smoky haze of battle as the American and British armies maneuver across Fort Ticonderoga’s historic landscape at 1 pm each day.  This two-day battle re-enactment will dramatically show how General Arthur St. Clair’s decision to evacuate Ticonderoga set the stage for British General John Burgoyne’s advance towards Albany.

A Defining Story Brought to Life:

“Guests will witness the intensity of battle as American soldiers retreat back from their entrenched camp under the intense British drive to capture the fortifications,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “They will discover the diverse forces that comprised this campaign and meet with soldiers of the two armies including the Royal Artillery, the Rear Guard, and the Continental Artillery.”

“This living history event and battle recreation will re-enact a careful chess game between the British Army and an entrenched Continental Army at Ticonderoga,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Senior Director of Interpretation. “Reprieved from a siege in 1776 by the onset of winter, Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence faced General John Burgoyne’s northern army of British, Loyalist, and German soldiers in July 1777.  General St. Clair’s rearguard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire regulars and militia put up a vigorous defense, skirmishing in the hills and valleys around Ticonderoga.  Artillery batteries built into the old French Lines seemed to keep the British army at by.  Concealed by forest cover on the back slope of Mount Defiance, British cannon were dragged to the summit.  By July 6, 1777, British cannon high up on Mount Defiance, aimed at the pontoon bridge between the two Forts of Ticonderoga and Independence, forced the withdrawal of General St. Clair’s rearguard into the Hampshire Grants (Vermont).”

Where a Goat Can Go, A Man Can Go!

Saturday evening at 6:30 pm a gun crew from the Royal Artillery will haul their cannon to the summit of Mount Defiance, aiming at the Fort located below.  Guests can witness the incredible feat and discover the details of this decisive stroke and witness a cannon demonstration in the evening light of the beautiful summit.  Advanced tickets are required for this event and must be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga or call 518-585-2821.

Other highlighted programs:

Chocolate was not only a wonderful treat, but also a key source of nutrition for the American troops at Fort Ticonderoga. Throughout the early history of America, chocolate was enjoyed by the colonists as a beverage. This chocolate was extraordinary, as it was flavored with seasonings and spices that were available to the chocolate makers. Stop by the AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate tent and learn how chocolate was prepared in the 18th century and sample a taste of chocolate as it would have be enjoyed 200 years ago!

This event is funded in part by generous support from AMTRAK and Pepsi.

Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.

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Photo: Fort Ticonderoga’s Defiance & Independence Battle Re-enactment will be presented July 23& 24

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King’s Garden Party at Fort Ticonderoga: Lords and Ladies of the Garden

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) The Annual King’s Garden Party will take place inside the historic walled Colonial Revival garden of Fort Ticonderoga on Sunday July 10, from 5:00-7:00pm. This year’s party theme will embrace the time period of the 1920s and reflect the theme of “Lords and Ladies in the Garden.” This event is a benefit to support the preservation and educational programs for the exquisite King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga. Advanced tickets required. For more information call 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Guests of the King’s Garden Party will enjoy afternoon tea, champagne, wine, classic cocktails, conversation, music and elegant faire, provided by Mazzone Hospitality. Enjoy the scenery and take a stroll back in time with music provided by the Hamilton Street Jazz Band. With prizes given for; best vintage attire, best theme attire, best hat, and best coordinated couple, celebrate the Lords and Ladies in the Garden by dressing in your favorite 1920s apparel. A silent auction will be featured.

Margaret “Peggy Darrin”, Honorary Chairperson, will be honored for her many contributions to Fort Ticonderoga, the Kings Garden, and her love of history and horticulture.

Sponsors for the King’s Garden Party include: Amtrak, Glens Falls National Bank, International Paper Ticonderoga Mill, Pepsi, and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

About the King’s Garden

The King’s Garden highlights Fort Ticonderoga’s historic layered legacy and is an awe-inspiring place where guests can roll up their sleeves and dig into centuries of horticultural history. Restored to its 1920s Colonial Revival style, The King’s Garden teems with thousands of flowers, carefully arranged by color and form, guiding the brick walls and walkways alongside the garden. Designed by Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s first female landscape architects, the history of the garden is celebrated in the name, The King’s Garden.  This term originated from 18th-century military maps of the garrison garden and was fondly applied to the Colonial Revival garden that followed a century and a half later.  Today this name extends to include the 40-acre developed landscape, together with the formal garden near Fort Ticonderoga.  The King’s Garden maintains its features from each era that it shaped, preserving history and horticulture.  The domestic landscape is interwoven with military features of the 18th-century battlefield, extending from lakeshore to forested hills above the stone fort.

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Photo: Photo credit: Fort Ticonderoga. The King’s Garden Party will be held July 10th

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1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Tour: Living History Event

 

1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Press Release(Ticonderoga, NY)  Step into the fight for independence at Fort Ticonderoga’s July 5th 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Living History Event!  Highlighted programming featured throughout the day brings to life the details of the American evacuation of Ticonderoga. Discover how General John Burgoyne succeeded in capturing Fort Ticonderoga, but failed to capture its soldiers. Thrill at the power of artillery during a special evening program and cannon demonstration a-top Mount Defiance. Be part of the action as living history demonstrations bring to life the weapons, tactics, trades, and people who were swept up into these momentous events!  For more information and for a detailed schedule of this event visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call (518) 585-2821.

Every year is a new experience at Fort Ticonderoga. This year’s focus on 1777, the turning point of the American Revolution, gives us a particularly unique opportunity to tell two stories – the American held fort through July 5 and then the British held fort beginning July 6,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Our commitment to bringing the dramatic and real story of our past to life through unforgettable programs such as the 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga offers Fort Ticonderoga a singular opportunity to share with our visitors the importance of this place in the founding of America.”

About the 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga

On July 1st 1777, British General John Burgoyne’s army, carried by flotilla and marching down the lake side, arrived just north of Ticonderoga.  Light infantry under Brigadier Simon Fraser infiltrated around the western side of the vast network of American fortifications at Ticonderoga. Fraser’s troops crossed the river leading to Lake George and circled around the southern side of Ticonderoga. They proceeded to climb Mount Defiance and witness the heights that dominated the American positions in both Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. The British dragged guns to the summit and opened fire.

After consulting a council of war, American General St. Clair committed to abandoning Ticonderoga to retreat south. During the night of July 5/6 1777, the American troops left the fort with such supplies as they could move in the time and then proceeded to row across to the landings beneath Mount Independence. The secrecy of the move was destroyed by a French officer, Colonel Roche de Fermoy, who set fire to his house on the summit of the hill, lighting up the bay beneath, with its flotilla of boats carrying the American troops across the water.  Ticonderoga was again in British hands and available as a base for their operations south towards Albany.

 

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Fort Ticonderoga Announces Shuttle Service for 2016 Season

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) Fort Ticonderoga announced that it will offer free shuttle service from the Ticonderoga Train Station to Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Best Western Plus Inn and Suites. Guests arriving aboard the AMTRAK Adirondack Line in July and August will be able to enjoy round trip shuttle service. Advance registration is required. For more details call 518-585-2821

“Fort Ticonderoga’s shuttle service will help us continue to reach a broader destination market from New York City to Montreal. Much needed investment in transportation enhances mobility and economic development in the Adirondack region,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.  “Connecting guests visiting Fort Ticonderoga to hotels and destination experiences is vital to growing our tourism economy. Fort Ticonderoga is very pleased to take this leadership role in welcoming guests to the Town of Ticonderoga and orienting them to the many experiences offered on our beautiful historic site and in our community.”

The Ticonderoga Train station located at Fort Ticonderoga has been a popular stop for guests along Amtrak’s Adirondack line. The Northbound Adirondack operates daily between New York City and Montreal, departing New York Penn Station at 8:15 am arriving in Ticonderoga at 1:22 pm. The Southbound Adirondack departs Montreal at 10:20 am, arriving in Ticonderoga at 3:18 pm.

Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. Fort Ticonderoga is the only site in America that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year, witness the 1777 British capture of Fort Ticonderoga! Daily programming brings to life this epic story through tours, soldier’s life programs, Carillon Boat Cruises, historic trades, new museum exhibitions, the King’s Garden, Mount Defiance, and hands-on family programs.

Funding for this service is provided in part by generous support from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Additional support from AMTRAK provides funding for Fort Ticonderoga educational programs.

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Fort Ticonderoga Welcomes Graduate Fellows

(Ticonderoga, NY)  Four graduate students arrived at Fort Ticonderoga in mid-June to begin two-month internships as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships run through August 12th and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.

“These fellowships for graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, American studies, or military history offer an opportunity to work together with our dedicated museum team,” said Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill. “The Fellows will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga.”

“While working individually with their project supervisors,” added Rich Strum, Director of Education, “Fellows will also meet and work together throughout the two-month experience. They will have an opportunity to work with Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff as part of our collaborative approach to all major projects.”

This year’s Graduate Fellows are:

Education—Elizabeth Scully, from New York University

Exhibition—Connor Wilson, from Texas State University

Horticulture—Riley Clark-Long, from Connecticut College

Interpretation—James Wils, from North Carolina State University

Each Fellow receives a $2,500 stipend along with on-site housing. Fort Ticonderoga received 28 applications from 26 different university programs for the four available fellowships.

Grad Fellows for Press Release

The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships launched in 2015 with four graduate students from Stonybrook University, Texas State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Western Michigan University. Projects completed by the 2015 fellows included researching and cataloging artillery-related artifacts and the design of hands-on components for the new exhibition “The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-Century Artillery” which opened in May 2016. Another fellow conducted research and transcribed the Philip Skene Papers in the collection for use with the 2016 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute focused on “British Perspectives on the American Revolution.” The Interpretation Fellow delved into the British use of Canadian Corvée during the 1777 invasion of New York. That ground-breaking research led to an invitation for Fellow Richard Tomczak to present his research at the 1st Conference of the European Labor History Network in Turin, Italy, in December 2015.

The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga are made possible with the support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and generous individual donor support. Graduate students interested in learning more about the 2017 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships should contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Photo:  2016  Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows Riley Clark-Long, Connor Wilson, James Wils, and Elizabeth Scully.

 

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Celebrate Independence at Fort Ticonderoga! Special Living History Event: July 2-4

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) Join Fort Ticonderoga July 2-4 for a three-day celebration this Independence Day weekend.  Come celebrate freedom by exploring the year 1777 when America was consumed in the labor of liberty. Participate in the fight for freedom when the Northern Department of the Continental Army fought to keep the great fortress of Ticonderoga from falling into British control. Thrill at the power of artillery during cannon demonstrations and march to the beat of the Fife and Drum Corps as they perform patriotic music throughout the weekend. Admission to this special holiday living history event, July 2-4, is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.  For the full event schedule and to learn more about the event visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/events/fort-events/independence-day-weekend-1/detail  or call 518-585-2821.

“Step into a hive of military activity as you meet the soldiers working feverishly to fortify the great camp Ticonderoga and build outer military defenses,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Walk along teamsters and oxen as they help in the work. Visit a trades shop to discover how tradesmen known as artificers worked to resupply soldiers with clothing, shoes, and equipment. Observe rations cooked, lumber cut, and the army in motion prepared to hold their ground for freedom. View Fort Ticonderoga from all perspectives on the eve of the siege – from the peninsula, to the waters of Lake Champlain upon the Vessel Carillon, and atop Mount Defiance for a birds-eye view of history.”

Other activities during this special Independence Day weekend will include daily soldier’s life programs, special tours, the King’s Garden, musket firing demonstration, Mount Defiance tours, and museum exhibitions.

About Ticonderoga on Independence Day 1777:

1776 is famous for the signing of the Declaration, but what was happening at Ticonderoga in July of 1777? The scene was uncertainty, trepidation, and the expectation of a British attack.  By July 2nd, the siege of Ticonderoga was underway. British and Brunswick soldiers began to surround the great camp and build lines of attack, commencing the bombardment.  On July 5, British General Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga forcing the American retreat.

Photo: Celebrate Independence at Fort Ticonderoga – America’s Fort™! Credit Fort Ticonderoga.

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Fort Ticonderoga Specialty Tours Offered this Summer

(Ticonderoga, NY) Immerse yourself in the epic history and incredible natural beauty at Fort Ticonderoga with richly informative and entertaining guided specialty tours this summer. Thrill at the power of artillery during Guns by Night tour; join the SoldierGuns by Night2016 for an Evening program to enlist with your family and friends in the Continental Army; discover the history within the walls of the 1826 Historic Pavilion house during the Pavilion Promenade tour; and enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s Vessel Carillon to discover why Lake Champlain is one of America’s most historic waterways. All prices are in addition to Fort Ticonderoga admission and advanced purchase is required. Space is limited for tours. To learn more about our specialty tours visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

 

Pavilion Promenade

Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections for a rare look inside the building where the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga began. Step inside the Pavilion, currently closed to the general public, to learn about the men and women who saved Ticonderoga from destruction and made their home on the shores of Lake Champlain. As the oldest intact structure remaining on the garrison grounds, explore the stories of the building from the 19th and 20th centuries, as the sun sets over the lake, and discover how modern science combined with old-fashioned historical research has helped to shed light on the building’s secrets.  Pavilion Promenade begins at 5:00 pm near the Guest Service Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Tours take place every Wednesday July through August. The cost of this specialty adventure is $35 per person.

 

Soldier for an Evening!

Now is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army! Allow Fort Ticonderoga to introduce a new and exciting evening program presented July 4, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 pm. During this program, you and your family can join together as new recruits to see what it was like to be a soldier at Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 as the dawn of the American Revolution. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin! During your participation in Soldier for an Evening, you will witness the power and use of 18th-century guns during the musket demonstration and practice formation tactics. Be prepared to march! The soldiers’ experience comes to life as participants explore key aspects of the American Revolution. This program is a strong cooperative activity and is great for families and groups.  The cost of this family adventure is $35 per person; advanced registration is required.

 

The Sunset Cruise

Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. Now you can have the waterborne thrill of viewing the Fort’s majesty and exploring the region by riding on the tour boat, Carillon, a 60-foot, 49-passenger luxury vessel.  Enjoy an unforgettable experience and witness a mountainside sunset on Lake Champlain during a unique 90 minute evening cruise. Tours take place every Wednesday, July through August from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Space is limited to 30 participants per tour, advanced reservations are recommended or tickets, as available, can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center.  The cost is $35 per person. The tour will proceed rain or shine; however, in the event of inclement weather that prevents the cruise vessel from operating, tickets will be refunded. Beer, wine, and other snacks and refreshments are available during the tour. Boxed dinners are available with advanced notice.

*If you are interested in combining this cruise with the same-day “Pavilion Promenade” tour, a $10 discount will be applied.

 

Guns by Night

Experience the flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night in this unique 90-minute tour and demonstration of 18th-century guns, big and small! Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannons that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga and influenced and shaped the strategic importance of this significant frontier citadel. Learn how these great guns were used to attack and defend the Fort during the French & Indian War and made it such an important prize in the American Revolution. The tour concludes with a dramatic nighttime demonstration of weapons that you will not see anywhere else!  Starting at 8:00 pm, this is a rain or shine tour that will take approximately an hour and a half to complete. The gate opens at 7:30 pm.  Limited space and advanced reservations are required, so get your ticket today! This remarkable opportunity costs $35 per person.

 

“Our special programs allow guests to enrich their Fort Ticonderoga experience through tours and demonstrations, focusing on unique parts of history, led by our staff of engaging historians,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “These tours and events are perfect for a family outing, activity with friends, or an evening out alone! “

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Photo Credit: Fort Ticonderoga Guns by Night Program

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