Drum Major Mike Edson Receives Fort Ticonderoga’s Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award

FT1_0824 - CopyMike Edson, Drum Major of Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife and Drum Corps, received Fort Ticonderoga’s Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award during the Saturday evening (July 25) Fife and Drum Corps Twilight Concert, in recognition of his dedicated forty years of lifetime leadership, commitment, and support of Fort Ticonderoga and the Fife and Drum Corps.

“We are so delighted to recognize Mike Edson for his outstanding leadership in the Fife & Drum Corps,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.  “Mike’s commitment to excellence, dedication to Fort Ticonderoga’s educational mission, and strong passion to inspire youth has made him an exceptional leader and significant member of our Fort Ticonderoga team.  We are grateful to him for his forty years of service and applaud all that he has accomplished at Fort Ticonderoga and in the Ticonderoga community.”

“I clearly remember my first summer, 1975, at Fort Ticonderoga,” said Mike Edson. “I performed at the Lake Placid Olympics; stood alongside the U.S.S. Ticonderoga at its christening; marched in Boston’s Evacuation Day St. Patrick’s Parade; and accompanied the Declaration of Independence as it was placed on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Being involved with Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife and Drum Corps has allowed me to have countless experiences. I have been a part of the Fort Ticonderoga family for 40 years. Nearly three quarters of my life has been spent in uniform making the site’s story come to life for our visitors!”


The Fife and Drum Corps Today

Fife&Drum - CopyThe Fifes and Drums of Fort Ticonderoga today represent military musicians who served at the fort historically. Comprised of area high school students and led by Drum Major Mike Edson, the Corps trains throughout the winter and spring in preparation for the summer performances.  The Corps members are paid Fort Ticonderoga employees and learn skills in public history, museum studies, historic trades, and education in addition to their work in musical performances.

In 2015 the Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps are portraying fifers and drummers from the Languedoc Regiment of the French Army. Each day in July and August the Fife and Drum Corps plays songs containing important information, called duty tunes. From reveille in the morning to tattoo at night, or sounding the alarm and calling to arms, the Fifes and Drums regulate days at the fort today. The Fife and Drum Corps leads Fort Ticonderoga historic interpreters and visitors alike to demonstrations and tours with period marches. The Corps celebrates its long history and that of the reconstructed fort and King’s Garden in concerts featuring a vast repertoire of favorite songs collected over the decades. From stirring to somber, enjoy the martial sounds of this band of excellent young musicians.


History of the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps

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 fort’s 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, the opening celebration of the Reagan Library, and several Evacuation Day parades in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze Adventure Opens August 14!

 

cornmazeWhat activity combines solving puzzles and testing your knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine and over two miles of winding trails?  Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!  Beginning August 14, test your navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s new six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. The Heroic Maze is included in Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open daily August 14 through August 31, and weekends September 5 through October 18. The maze will also be open on Labor Day September 7 and Columbus Day October 12. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/corn-maze for corn maze details or call 518-585-2821.

The maze, with a new 2015 design featuring the shape of Fort Ticonderoga and the year 1756, is divided into two phases, so that guests have the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze.  The average journey will take from twenty minutes for the first phase and up to an hour for the second phase. Hidden in the maze are eight stations, each representing a component of an 18th-century fort. Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each station.  It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects.  Great fun for all ages!

 


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Fort Ticonderoga’s youngest guests will have a chance to explore the Heroic Maze in the Kiddie Maze. A short maze designed for our youngest visitors is a fun introduction to corn mazes. This maze has twists and turns but no dead ends.  Recommended for children up to age four with adult supervision.


Experience the Maze at night! Maze by Moonlight

Explore the 6-acre corn maze using your flashlight as a guide and under the light of the full moon.  The mysteries of the night surround you as you search for hidden stations in the maze to complete our “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest! Maze by Moonlight event dates are Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. The cost is $10 per person; tickets are available at the door.  The admissions booth and the corn maze open at 7 pm; last ticket sold at 9 pm, maze closes at 10 pm.


Group Visitors

School field trip groups, and other group tours will have the fun opportunity to learn about Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic story while building teamwork skills as part of this interactive, interdisciplinary quest.  In September and October, the Heroic Maze will be open for group visits on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am until 2 pm. Registration is required.

 


Corn maze aerialFort Ticonderoga developed the Heroic Maze with a professional maze design company from Utah that used computer technology to translate intricate designs onto the landscape, creating a fun and exciting quest.

The agricultural history at Fort Ticonderoga dates to 1756 when the French built the Garrison Gardens below the walls of the Fort. The agricultural story continues today with nearly 40% of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape in agricultural use.  In addition, a strong horticulture program brings the use of landscape to life in the formal Colonial Revival Garden, working Garrison Garden, and other Discovery Gardens.

The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! is funded in part by generous support from McDonalds of Ticonderoga and Amtrak.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards Fort Ticonderoga A Preservation Grant

Fort Ticonderoga is proud to announce that is has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, which will support the first formal assessment of Fort Ticonderoga’s Log House as a historic structure.

LogHouse2015The Log House is considered to be one of the oldest continuously run road houses in America. The structure’s story is intricately woven into Fort Ticonderoga’s monumental restoration story. For over ninety years the Log House has been the location where guests began their visit to Fort Ticonderoga. The log structure mimics 19th-century Adirondack Great Camp architecture and provides a breathtaking vista of Fort Ticonderoga’s historic landscape. Its construction began in 1920, replacing a simple shed constructed several years before to capture site admission fees. As visitation increased, the Log House was no longer large enough to meet the needs of the growing organization. By World War II an addition was built on the west end of the building, approximately doubling the size of the structure, which allowed for an increase in retail space and the addition of a soda fountain to provide refreshments and light meals for visitors. In the post war decades, visitation to the site dramatically increased. By the late 1960s the Log House was again too small to meet the growing demands of the site’s visitors. In the winter of 1972-1973 the museum undertook another expansion of the structure expanding the restaurant overlooking Lake Champlain and adding new restroom facilities. The building’s configuration today dates to the 1972-1973 renovation. The Log House has always served a visitor service role and today contains Fort Ticonderoga’s museum store, café, restrooms and guest services desk.

Fort Ticonderoga will work with John G. Waite Associates, Architects, in the fall of 2015 to take a comprehensive look at the physical fabric of the Log House in an effort to document and understand the current state of the building and identify the various phases of the building’s evolution. The goal of this process is to fully understand the chronological evolution of the Log House and its structural condition so that an informed decision can be made regarding the building’s future use. The Log House has never been studied as a historic structure and this will be the first formal assessment of the building.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to receive such a prestigious grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “We are committed to preserving and interpreting our historic structures across our 2000 acre museum campus and are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to analyze and research the Log House structure. Fort Ticonderoga guests have begun their experience at the Log House for nearly a century and today we are, for the first time, exploring the historical significance of the structure and its story.”

“Organizations like Fort Ticonderoga help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to Fort Ticonderoga, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.

Fort Ticonderoga has also received grants from the Gerry Charitable Trust and the Preservation League of New York State to support the Log House Structure Report. The Technical Assistance Grant Program through the Preservation League of New York State is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort TM

The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which serves its 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. It serves this mission by preserving and enhancing its historic structures, collections, gardens and landscapes; and educating the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga. Welcoming visitors since 1909, it preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in America.  Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year, and annually reaches more than 5,000 people in outreach programs.  Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through November. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Association of Museums and pursues its vision to be the premier cultural destination in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity.

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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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!

 

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

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

 

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