Support Fort Ticonderoga at the Midsummer Gala! Fundraising Event at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday, August 8

Come celebrate Fort Ticonderoga’s epic story and historic legacy at this gala dinner!  Set within the majestic walls of the fort; enjoy lively music, fabulous food, and friends all in an elegant setting.  Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:00 pm. Semi-formal summer attire is encouraged. Tickets are $175; advanced reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Martha Strum at mstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821 ext. 226.

Mike Konzen with Fort Ticonderoga Association Trustees Tony Pell and Bob Morette at the 2014 Midsummer Gala.

Mike Konzen with Fort Ticonderoga Association Trustees Tony Pell and Bob Morette at the 2014 Midsummer Gala.

“The Midsummer Gala is Fort Ticonderoga’s premier summertime fundraising event. Set in the splendor of the 18th-century fort and surrounded by the unspoiled natural beauty of America’s most historic landscape, attendees will revel in the historic French inspired décor, cocktails, and dinner,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “This unforgettable night supports and celebrates Fort Ticonderoga’s growing impact in the fields of education and preservation. Support to the Midsummer Gala helps underwrite Fort Ticonderoga’s educational programs that impact more than 70,000 guests annually, and more than 23,000 children.”

The Honorary Chairpersons for the Midsummer Gala are Anthony and Katherine Pell, longtime Fort Ticonderoga supporters.  Anthony Pell, the grandson of the museum founders Stephen and Sarah Pell, has spent a lifetime committed to Fort Ticonderoga’s mission and historic legacy.  He was elected as a member to the Fort Ticonderoga Association in 1960 and has served in a variety of leadership capacities on the Board of Trustees including chairman, vice chairman, secretary, and treasurer.

Music at the Midsummer Gala will be provided by Spellbound with Cyndie Wade and the event will be catered by the Mazzone Hospitality Group.

Fort Ticonderoga is an independent non-profit educational organization.  All proceeds for the Midsummer Gala support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.

A special thanks to the following event sponsors: Arthur J. Gallagher, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, Bridgepoint Communications, Dixon Ticonderoga Company, North Country Community College, Trustco Bank, and individual sponsors.

 

Posted in Living History & Material Culture, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Support Fort Ticonderoga at the Midsummer Gala! Fundraising Event at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday, August 8

New Family Fun at Fort Ticonderoga! Your Adventure Awaits with a New Family Guided Tour and Family Program

 

 

Fort Ticonderoga launches exciting new Family Programopportunities for families visiting the site in July and August. The new Family Guided Tour at 10:40 am and 1:40 pm will lead families through the fort grounds and provide an overview for all of the exciting things to do during a visit. In addition to the tour, Fort Ticonderoga’s ongoing Family Program gives families a chance to work together to complete tasks as they explore Fort Ticonderoga, and receive rewards for helping the soldiers with their daily duties. The interactions will inspire creativity and make history come alive!

Utilizing Fort Ticonderoga’s historic trades program, the new Family Program gives children a hands-on, immersive opportunity to learn about the life of a soldier in New France. They will begin their adventure in the “Officer of the Day Room” where they can make a cocked hat and receive directions on how to proceed to the rest of the posts. Children and adults alike will be able to cut and sew a Canadian tuque and sash, construct a leather slit pouch, receive a ration of split peas, learn how soldiers cleaned and maintained their 18th-century weapons, and so much more! Rewards ranging from a cockade button for your hat to fatigue pay in Canadian Paper Script from New France will be given to participating families. The more tasks you complete, the more rewards you receive!

Gibb-with-studentsThis program offers children a unique opportunity to work closely with our talented historic trades staff. Spending time with our artificers, working side by side with them, and learning how to work with the materials is an experience that will have a lasting impact on participating individuals. Families will have the opportunity to join together to see what it was like to be a soldier in New France, and take home tangible memories of the experience.

The Family Program and Family Guided Tours are just two ways for families to make the most out of a visit to Fort Ticonderoga. Take a family hike on the Carillon Battlefield Trail and try the Archaeology Quest Scavenger Hunt Game, rent canoes and make use of our Waterways Trail Guide, or pick up a Fort Ticonderoga Family Scavenger Hunt at Guest Services and work together to solve the mysteries behind the history of the Ticonderoga Peninsula. Your adventure awaits!

Posted in Family programs, Life Long Learning, Living History & Material Culture, Programs, Public Programs, Students, Students History | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Family Fun at Fort Ticonderoga! Your Adventure Awaits with a New Family Guided Tour and Family Program

Celebrate America with Patriotic Music at Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps Muster July 25th  

Fife&Drum - CopyExperience martial music at its best at Fort Ticonderoga July 25 during the Fife and Drum Corps Muster! From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, 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. 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 pm on the Fort parade ground.  Tickets for the evening program are $10, children 4 years and younger are free and Members of Fort Ticonderoga are free. To learn more about the event call 518-585-2821.

The Fife and Drum Corps Muster will highlight several Fife and Drum Corps from across the northeast performing throughout the day as well as performances from current and former Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps members.

“The Fife & Drum Corps Muster highlights the role Fife & Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history. 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 celebrations 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 performer 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 featured performers 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.F&D Corps

Posted in Family programs, Life Long Learning, Living History & Material Culture, Programs, Public Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Celebrate America with Patriotic Music at Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps Muster July 25th  

Fort Ticonderoga Recreates the Epic 1758 Battle of Carillon: Montcalm’s Cross Battle Re-enactment Presented July 18-19

Join Fort Ticonderoga for an exciting two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1758 Battle of Carillon! Witness how the British amassed the largest army in North American history to date yet was stunningly defeated by a French army a quarter of its size. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, 9:30am to 5 pm.

montcalm1Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the story of the courageous French soldiers that protected their lines of defense against all odds.  Visitors will meet the British and Provincial soldiers who gave their utmost to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress of Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. Experience the fog of war and smoky haze of battle as the French and British armies maneuver across Fort Ticonderoga’s historic landscape at battle re-enactments at 1:30 pm each day.

Admission to Montcalm’s Cross Battle Re-enactment is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.  For the full event schedule and to learn more about the event visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

“During this dramatic event, visitors will discover how the Battle of Carillon sealed the reputation of Ticonderoga for generations to come,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “The July 8 battle resulted in the greatest number of casualties in one day until the American Civil War and as a result, Ticonderoga became a legend in its own time.”

“In July 1758 the British army attacked the French at Carillon (Ticonderoga) attempting to capture the Fort and take control of the portage between Lake George and Lake Champlain.  On July 5th, the largest military force ever assembled in North America embarked by bateaux down Lake George,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation. “Abercromby’s army of British and Provincial soldiers landed at the north end of Lake George, after a long night packed into the fleet of bateaux. Sweeping through the La Chute valley, Brigadier General Lord Augustus Howe and the advanced guard encountered a lost patrol of French soldiers. In the ensuing confusing battle on July 6th Lord Howe was shot through the chest, and killed on the spot. The death of this leader, known as the darling of the army, struck a blow to British morale and tactical command.”

“On the 7th of July the French at Ticonderoga constructed a half mile-long log wall protected in front by a dense tangle of treetops and sharpened branches to serve as a barrier against the British attackers.  This fortification was known as the French Lines.  On July 8th, the British attacked.  After seven hours of fighting, the British had suffered casualties of nearly 2,000 men killed and wounded.  Broken and dismayed, the British retreated back to their camp at the southern end of Lake George.  The retreating soldiers brought with them the story of this great battle, taking the name Ticonderoga home to taverns and newspapers in America and Britain. This fight for the Heights of Carillon at that time was the single most-bloody day in American history, and gave Fort Carillon a formidable reputation. News of this miraculous victory reached France by the fall of that year and marked France’s greatest victory of the French and Indian War (1754-1763). On October 1st, 1758 the French army staged a reenactment of the battle, to accompany fireworks to celebrate in front of Paris city hall.”

The Montcalm’s Cross Re-enactment Event is made possible by generous funding support from Trustco Bank.

Event Schedule, July 18-19:

SATURDAY

9:30 AM Fort Opens to Visitors

9:45 AM Flag Raising

10:00 AM Inspection of the Armies (Inside the Fort and Carillon Battlefield)

Watch as the French Forces of General Montcalm assemble on the parade of Fort Carillon to be inspected and issued orders for these climactic days of 1758. At the bivouac of General Abercrombie’s British and Provincial Army, soldiers and sentinels assemble to prepare for their advance on Fort Carillon.

10:15 AM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Explore Fort Carillon in the summer of 1758. Discover how and why this remote French outpost was constructed. Examine why General Montcalm used this lakeside citadel to make his stand for the defense of New France.

11:00 AM British Light Infantry Drill & Musket Demonstration (Demonstration Area, Adjacent Parking Lot)

Examine how the British Army adapted their tactics to the wooded broken ground of North America. See how light infantry used their cut-down muskets in the manner of both regulars and rangers.

11:30 AM Garden March (Beginning at the American Flag)

Follow the amassed military musicians of the French Army as they provide a musical escort from Fort Carillon to the King’s Garden.

11:30 AM Un Empire de Choses Militaire (Mars Education Center)

Preparing the French army for combat across the globe in the 18th century meant mobilizing the industry and resources of its empire. Inside the Mars Education Center Great Room, join Curator of Collections, Matthew Keagle to travel France and its empire to explore how each foot soldier represented the productivity and industry of thousands of people across a host of trades. It took an empire to defend an empire.

11:45 AM Garden & Grounds Tour (Beginning at King’s Garden)

Walk the French soldiers’ garrison garden to learn more about how soldiers supplemented their rations with vital vegetables. Discuss the Pell family’s legacy in preserving this legendary Fort and Battlefield through this King’s Garden tour.

12:30 PM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Explore Fort Carillon in the summer of 1758. Discover how and why this remote French outpost was constructed. Examine why General Montcalm used this lakeside citadel to make his stand for the defense of New France.

DSCN07761:00 PM Fife & Drum Parade to Re-enactment Battlefield (Beginning at the American Flag)

Follow the amassed military musicians of the French Army as they provide a musical escort from Fort Carillon to the re-enactment battlefield.

1:30 PM Re-enactment Battle: The Advance from Lake George Landing (Saturday Woods Battlefield)

Watch as General Lord Howe leads the advanced guard of the British Army from Lake George down through the LeChute Valley from the eerie twilight underneath the canopy of virgin pine forest on the heights of Carillon. See the deadly consequences of a brief encounter with a lost French patrol which killed Lord Howe, a favorite commander of the British Army.

2:00 PM “We Continued in Possession of the Ground” (Saturday Woods Battlefield)

Explore the British & Provincial Army at the end of July 6th. Landed successfully at the north end of Lake George, but deprived of critical commander, how is this army poised to attack Ticonderoga?

The Death of Lord Howe: British Command

As the news of the death of Lord Howe sweeps the British command, discuss British strategy: how the high command will execute his plan for the invasion of New France. Learn what his leadership meant to this 16,000-man army and tactics and the attack on Fort Carillon.

Captain Job Winslow’s Company of Massachusetts Provincials

Meet the men of Captain Job Winslow’s company as they appeared before the July 8th 1758 Battle of Carillon. Who are they and why did they serve? Discuss what it was like to be a Massachusetts soldier serving alongside British regular soldiers in this campaign against New France.

2:15 PM Carillon Battlefield Tour (Carillon Battlefield)

Tour the real Carillon Battlefield with a soldier of the Black Watch, whose legendary sacrifice charging the French lines helped immortalize the battle world-wide. Discover how this battlefield preserves both the memory and the remains of this battle.

2:45 PM Fife & Drum Parade to Fort Carillon (Beginning at the Carillon Battlefield)

Follow the amassed military musicians of the French Army as they provide a musical escort from the heights of Carillon to the Fort below.

3:00 PM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Explore Fort Carillon in the summer of 1758. Discover how and why this remote French outpost was constructed. Examine why General Montcalm used this lakeside citadel to make his stand for the defense of New France.

4:00 PM Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour

Oh the stories this graceful hill overlooking Fort Ticonderoga could tell! Ascend to the summit of Mount Defiance to get the birds-eye view of this epic military landscape and learn how this height shaped the Fort’s history.

4:30 PM Flag Lowering

5:00 Fort Closes to Visitors

 

IMG_3007 - CopySUNDAY

9:30 AM Fort Opens to Visitors

9:45 AM Flag Raising

10:00 AM Inspection of the Armies (Inside the Fort and Carillon Battlefield)

Watch as the French Forces of General Montcalm assemble on the parade of Fort Carillon to be inspected and issued orders for these climactic days of 1758. At the bivouac of General Abercrombie’s British and Provincial Army, soldiers and sentinels assemble to prepare for their advance on Fort Carillon.

10:15 AM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Explore Fort Carillon in the summer of 1758. Discover how and why this remote French outpost was constructed. Examine why General Montcalm used this lakeside citadel to make his stand for the defense of New France.

11:00 AM French Drill & Musket Demonstration (At the Fort Demonstration Area)

Discover the form and function of the French fusil. Watch as individual soldiers drill to coordinate their firepower together for potentially devastating effect.

11:30 AM Garden March (Beginning at the American Flag)

Follow the amassed military musicians of the French Army as they provide a musical escort from Fort Carillon to the King’s Garden.

11:45 AM Garden & Grounds Tour (Beginning at King’s Garden)

Walk the French soldiers’ garrison garden to learn more about how soldiers supplemented their rations with vital vegetables. Discuss the Pell family’s legacy in preserving this legendary Fort and Battlefield through this King’s Garden tour.

12:30 PM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Explore Fort Carillon in the summer of 1758. Discover how and why this remote French outpost was constructed. Examine why General Montcalm used this lakeside citadel to make his stand for the defense of New France.

1:00 PM Fife & Drum Parade to Re-enactment Battlefield (Beginning at the American Flag)

Follow the amassed military musicians of the French Army as they provide a musical escort from Fort Carillon to the re-enactment battlefield.

1:30 PM Re-enactment Battle: Defending the French Lines, Defending New France (Recreated French Lines)

Secured behind logs stacked eight feet high, French soldiers fired for their lives to keep their foothold on the heights of Carillon. Watch the assault at the recreated French lines as waves of British and American soldiers rushed through French bullets in an attempt to dislodge this tenuously fortified position.

2:00 PM Raising Montcalm’s Cross (Carillon Battlefield)

Just as General Montcalm raised a cross in thanks for the victory of his army in the Battle of Carillon, join us as we raise Montcalm’s Cross in remembrance of the lives lost and forever changed by this tremendous battle.

2:30 PM Fife & Drum Parade to Fort Carillon (Beginning at Carillon Battlefield)

Follow the amassed military musicians of the French Army as they provide a musical escort from the heights of Carillon to the Fort below.

3:00 PM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Explore Fort Carillon in the summer of 1758. Discover how and why this remote French outpost was constructed. Examine why General Montcalm used this lakeside citadel to make his stand for the defense of New France.

4Mt defiance hi res 3:00 PM Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour

Oh the stories this graceful hill overlooking Fort Ticonderoga could tell! Ascend to the summit of Mount Defiance to get the birds-eye view of this epic military landscape and learn how this height shaped the Fort’s history.

4:30 PM Flag Lowering

5:00 Fort Closes to Visitors

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. Funding for the 2013 season is provided in part by Amtrak.  Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer!

 

Posted in Family programs, Life Long Learning, Living History & Material Culture, Programs, Public Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fort Ticonderoga Recreates the Epic 1758 Battle of Carillon: Montcalm’s Cross Battle Re-enactment Presented July 18-19

Insider’s Guide to Visiting Fort Ticonderoga this Independence Day Weekend

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0013.JPG
Rob Johnson, Black Sky Entertainment

1) Arrive early and plan to spend the day, or three! Daily programming brings to life Fort Ticonderoga’s epic story through programs and exhibits, historic gardens, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, canoe rentals, Mount Defiance, and hands-on family activities. Beat the crowds, and hop on as many tours as you can!

2) Declare your Independence! Ever wonder what it was like the first year of independence? Walk in the marching steps of newly formed Continental soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga in 1776 as historic interpreters demonstrate weapons of independence and explain the daily military duties of soldiers garrisoning the Fort.  Be sure to catch the awesome musket demonstration, help in some of the construction work building huts, and be sure to take the Key to the Continent Tour.

DSC_71533) Have you ever wondered how the army was supplied? See artificers in action in the shoe maker’s and tailor’s shops busily working to resupply soldiers with clothing, shoes, and equipment. Discover how these soldiers prepare their cannons, ammunition, and themselves to meet the British army. See rations cooked, logs hewn, and the Fort’s 1776 restoration in action. Experience the raw power of oxen as these thousand-pound animals pull lumber for 18th-century soldiers’ huts.

 4) So much fun and learning for kids! Fort Ticonderoga is featuring a new special tour and exciting program for kids this year!  Complete special tasks as you explore Fort Ticonderoga and receive rewards for helping the soldiers with their daily duties. Scavenger Hunts and Rewards pamphlets can be picked up at the guest services desk in the Log House Welcome Center!

F&D Corps5) Listen to the stirring tunes of the Fife & Drum Corps! Get into the Independence Day spirit by to the step of the Fife & Drum Corps playing patriotic music. Performances going on all day. Explore how drumbeats, trilling fifes and songs created an 18th-century world of military music.

6) Visit Mount Defiance. Ascend to the summit of Mount Defiance to get the birds-eye view of this epic military landscape and discover how this height shaped the Fort’s history. Enjoy the splendor of our region’s beauty and learn why Fort Ticonderoga was the site of America’s first victory of the American Revolution! Tours are offered daily at 4 pm.

7) Discover the objects of Independence. Exhibitions staff will lead you on a guided tour of this remarkable museum’s highlights. Begun more than a century ago, the Fort Ticonderoga museum has North America’s largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. Get the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.

Cam w kid in garden8) Get your hands dirty! Discover the techniques used to keep our garden thriving! Guests of all ages are invited to practice alongside garden staff as they demonstrate seeding, plant division, and care methods for blooming plants. From the key to the continent to the site of America’s first preservation effort, take a garden tour and learn about the layered legacy of Ticonderoga’s landscape. When you’re done exploring the gardens, make sure to grab a bite at America’s Fort Cafe for delicious garden to table food! Don’t forget to stop at the museum store on your way out!

toactasoneunitedbody9) Enjoy an evening of fun, too! On July 4th, Fort Ticonderoga will be putting on a special evening program called “To Act As One United Body.”. This program is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. Your whole family can join together as new recruits to see what it was like to be a soldier at Ticonderoga in 1775 at 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. Tours begin at 6:30 pm. Reserve your spot by calling 518-585-2821

10) Go to town!  On the evening of July 4, a spectacular fireworks display will be put on by the town of Ticonderoga in the Bicentennial Park downtown. “The Best Fourth in the North” is an explosion of color worth seeing!

 

Posted in Collections, Exhibits, Family programs, Horticulture, King's Garden, Landscape, Life Long Learning, Living History & Material Culture, Programs, Public Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Insider’s Guide to Visiting Fort Ticonderoga this Independence Day Weekend

Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Supports Residential Teacher Workshops this July at Fort Ticonderoga

NEH Teachers workshopFort Ticonderoga is preparing to host two week-long National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for school teachers this July. Seventy-two teachers from 37 different states have been selected from a national applicant pool to attend “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga.”  The Fort Ticonderoga program is one of twenty-one programs nation-wide being offered for teachers this summer. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in the humanities disciplines.

Participating teachers receive a $1,200 stipend from the NEH to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses during the week they are in Ticonderoga. The same workshop will be offered twice, July 12-17 and July 26-31, accommodating 36 teachers each week. Rich Strum, the Director of Education at Fort Ticonderoga, is the project director for the workshops.

Participating teachers will meet with NEH visiting scholars from across the country. Topics during the week include the French & Indian War, Overlooked Participants in the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold, the 1777 Northern Campaign, and the Legacies of the Revolution. Visiting scholars include:

  • Jon Parmenter (Cornell University)
  • James Kirby Martin (University of Houston)
  • Holly Mayer (Duquesne University)
  • Douglas Egerton (Lemoyne College)
  • Tom Chambers (Niagara University)
  • William Fowler (Northereastern University)

Topics for the twenty-one NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer at other venues range from the American Revolution, 19th-century reform movements, the industrial revolution, the civil rights movement, and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. The approximately 1,360 teachers who participate in these studies will teach more than 170,000 American students in the coming school year.

To learn more about professional development opportunities for teachers at Fort Ticonderoga, visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org, click on the “Education” tab and select “Educators” on the drop-down menu.

Posted in Life Long Learning, Programs, Seminars, Special Events, Teacher History Workshops | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Supports Residential Teacher Workshops this July at Fort Ticonderoga

Support Fort Ticonderoga at the 15th Annual King’s Garden Party: A Fundraising Event at Fort Ticonderoga on Sunday, July 12

Spend an elegant evening in the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga with music, food, cocktails, a silent auction, and good company. The 15th Annual King’s Garden Party will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. This year’s theme will reflect the 1920s and Prohibition Era, highlighting the era of the beautiful colonial revival garden. Tickets are $60; advanced reservations are required. For more information or to request an invitation contact Martha Strum at MStrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821 ext. 226.

Guests who attend are encouraged to wear 20th-century Prohibition Era attire; prizes will be given for creative effort! Music will be provided by the New York Jazz Trio and the event will be catered by the Mazzone Hospitality Group. The Garden Party supports Fort Ticonderoga’s educational mission, including all horticultural programs. Honorary Chairpersons for the 15th Annual Garden Party are members of the Beaty Family, longtime Fort Ticonderoga supporters who helped make the King’s Garden restoration possible.

Inspired by the 18th-century military gardens, museum founders Stephen and Sarah Pell established the first ornamental garden on this site in the early 20th century as part of the restoration of the fort and their home, the Pavilion. The garden space became known as the “King’s Garden,” a reference to the jardin du Roi planted by the French soldiers of Carillon. By 1920, Sarah hired Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s first female landscape architects, to design a new formal garden plan. Coffin’s carefully planned garden became a place of quiet retreat for the Pell family as well as a place of entertainment for distinguished visitors and guests. The story of preservation, horticulture, and hospitality continues today.

Fort Ticonderoga is an independent non-profit educational organization.  All proceeds for the King’s Garden Party support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. A special thanks to the following event sponsors: Amtrak, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, Bridgepoint Communications, Glens Falls National Bank, International Paper Ticonderoga Mill, Pepsi, Trustco Bank, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and individual sponsors.

 

Posted in Family programs, Horticulture, King's Garden, Landscape, Life Long Learning, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Support Fort Ticonderoga at the 15th Annual King’s Garden Party: A Fundraising Event at Fort Ticonderoga on Sunday, July 12

Fort Ticonderoga Unveils Two New Exhibitions on July 1

Fort Ticonderoga unveils its two newest exhibitions on July 1, 2015. Object Lessons: Perspectives on Material Culture and Diorama-rama: History in Miniature incorporate new interactive components, fun for the whole family. The exhibits are included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket and are located in the South Barrack’s exhibition space at Fort Ticonderoga. To learn more about these exhibits and related programs visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

large_Object-Lessions Object Lessons: Perspectives on Material Culture offers a unique way to experience historical objects. Using objects from across Fort Ticonderoga’s museum collections, the exhibit will explore the multifaceted perspectives objects hold. This exhibit will show how every object has many stories to tell, and will provide a new understanding of an object’s value as a work of art, political tool, weapon, or all of the above. Have you thought of a canteen as a story of industrialization, rather than just a vessel for water; or a musket as a piece of art, rather than a weapon? Object Lessons will explore specific objects from a multitude of unique and informative angles.

large_DiroramaramaDiorama-Rama: History in Miniature: In the middle of the 20th-century dioramas were state-of-the-art means of reconstructing the past. Living history historical interpretation was still young, film was expensive, and computer animation was a fantasy. Vivid three dimensional models could reconstruct past events, buildings, people, and things like no other media. Fort Ticonderoga invested heavily in such dioramas which have remained popular parts of the visitors experience for nearly half a century. The interpretation of the events depicted has changed, in some cases dramatically in the past 50 years, leaving the dioramas captivating but not accurate portrayals of the current state of knowledge. Diorama-Rama brings together most of the museum’s collection of 20th-century dioramas depicting different periods in Fort Ticonderoga’s history and different perspectives on historical events, giving a sense of how our understanding and interpretation of history has changed.

“When the existing exhibits were installed nearly a half-century ago, they were intended to offer new perspectives on Fort Ticonderoga’s epic story,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “The implementation of these two new exhibits will allow those objects from previous exhibits to receive needed rest and enable a new generation of objects to offer fresh perspectives on the history discovered in the past 50 years, while showing the breadth of Fort Ticonderoga’s remarkable collections.”

Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century. Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space.

Funding for the Object Lessons and Diorama-rama exhibits were made possible in part by the generous support from Amtrak, Arthur J. Gallagher, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, Bridgeport Communications, D&E Technologies, GE Foundation, Glens Falls National Bank, International Paper Foundation, International Paper Ticonderoga Mill, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Eugene and Susan Zeltmann, and individual donors.

Posted in Collections, Exhibits, Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fort Ticonderoga Unveils Two New Exhibitions on July 1

Make History with Your Dad on Father’s Day at Fort Ticonderoga

Dad and daughter in Founding FashionIt’s that time of year when we celebrate how great every Dad is and how much they mean to us. There are a number of traditional and typical gifts that a majority of Dads will receive throughout the years; socks, a tie with a quirky cartoon design, a book or perhaps a garden tool. Whilst these are very much appreciated (as it is the thought that counts!), there’s no better gift than spending quality time with dad on his day.

Whether you see your Dad every day or perhaps only on occasion, take the opportunity this year on Father’s Day to whisk him away to Fort Ticonderoga, located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.  Here are five reasons why a day at Fort Ticonderoga with dad is a perfect gift for Father’s Day:

  1. Rent a canoe and spend quality time enjoying the serene beauty of mornings at Fort Ticonderoga. Work together as you practice paddling techniques on the La Chute River, connecting Lake Champlain and Lake George, and see who can spot the most fish while you explore America’s most historic landscape!
  2. Rest your arms and witness 18th-century arms! Experience Dad w kids in tailors shopone of Fort Ticonderoga’s musket demonstrations and imagine what it was like in 1756 to guard the unfinished earth, stone, and log walls of Fort Carillon. Witness these professional French soldiers as they kept a cool head to load, aim, and fire muskets to hold this strategic ground. Be sure to check out our stunning weapons collection in the Bullets & Blades exhibit!
  3. Take Dad out for a nice Father’s Day lunch at America’s Fort Café. Savor fresh salads from Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden and enjoy a wide variety of sandwiches and daily specials all while taking in the beautiful views of Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Don’t forget to treat Dad to a slice of our homemade pie!
  4. Step into the Tailor’s Shop on the Second Floor of the Officer’s Barracks to see what goes into clothing a soldier in New France. Try on your very own soldiers’ coats and take a photo to capture your experience! Then head over to our Founding Fashion exhibit to see the oldest known American made military uniform.
  5. Rack your brains and complete Fort Ticonderoga’s Scavenger Hunt. Explore the site and see who can find the answer to more questions! You should be able to find all of the answers in the museum exhibits, on signs, and by asking the soldiers and civilians from 1756 that you encounter.

Spend the day and make history with Dad at Fort Ticonderoga. Remember to show your appreciation for your fathers, father figures, and male mentors this Sunday on Father’s Day while you learn about our nation’s forefathers and their fight for independence!

Posted in Exhibits, Family programs, Life Long Learning, Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Make History with Your Dad on Father’s Day at Fort Ticonderoga

Celebrate Independence at Fort Ticonderoga! Special Living History Event July 3-5 Highlights America’s Greatest Triumph in 1776

 

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0013.JPG

Rob Johnson, Black Sky Entertainment

Join Fort Ticonderoga for a three-day celebration this Independence Day weekend to commemorate America’s greatest triumph in 1776.  Walk in the marching steps of newly formed Continental soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga in 1776 as historic interpreters demonstrate weapons of independence and explain the daily military duties of soldiers garrisoning the Fort. Explore family programs that highlight the fight for independence and listen to patriotic performances by Fort Ticonderoga’s Fifes and Drum Corps. Come celebrate freedom by exploring one of the greatest triumphs of 1776 as you discover the stories of the men who helped transform America by overcoming tremendous odds to build the American Northern Army in the fight for liberty. Be in the moment as America began to take shape at Fort Ticonderoga!  Admission to this special holiday living history weekend, July 3-5, is included in a general admission ticket. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.

Meet the soldiers of the Northern Department of the Continental Army and their hive of military preparations at Ticonderoga in 1776 throughout the weekend. See artificers in action in the shoe maker’s and tailor’s shops busily working to resupply soldiers with clothing, shoes, and equipment. Discover how these soldiers prepare their cannons, ammunition, and themselves to meet the British army. See rations cooked, logs hewn, and the Fort’s 1776 restoration in action. Experience the raw power of oxen as these thousand-pound animals pull lumber for 18th-century soldiers’ huts.

“1776 was a year of rebuilding the Northern Army as part of building a new nation,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation. “While the Continental Congress discussed the finer points of declaring independence in Philadelphia, the shattered remnants of the Continental Army which had come so close to capturing Quebec trickled back down to Fort Ticonderoga. Frost bitten, starving, and decimated by smallpox, these soldiers began building up bulwarks and America’s first navy to defend their new nation. A new Continental Army emerged reinforced by soldiers from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, to guard Fort Ticonderoga.”

While the declaration itself was signed July 4th, news of the document and the patriotic sentiment it carried would not reach the Northern Army at Fort Ticonderoga until July 28th. The new fortifications of Rattlesnake Hill were christened on Mount Defiance to mark the occasion of the first reading of the Declaration to these soldiers.

Posted in Life Long Learning, Living History & Material Culture, Programs, Public Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Celebrate Independence at Fort Ticonderoga! Special Living History Event July 3-5 Highlights America’s Greatest Triumph in 1776