Fort Ticonderoga will host its Fifth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” seminar the weekend of November 7 & 8, 2015. This weekend event focuses on the material culture of the 18th century and is intended for collectors, re-enactors, and people with a general interest in learning more about objects of the 18th century and what they can tell us about history. “Material Matters” takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga and is open by pre-registration only.
A panel of material culture experts comes to Fort Ticonderoga for the weekend to share their knowledge of 18th-century material culture in a series of presentations. Designed for those who want a deeper understanding of the everyday objects that help tell the story of life and the contests for control of North America during the 18th century, the weekend’s informal approach enables attendees to interact with presenters and provides an opportunity to examine 18th-century objects up close.
Seminar topics include: “A Revolution in Wood: The Buckets, Boxes, and Canteens of Hingham, Massachusetts” with Derrin Bray; “18th-Century Military Use of Tinware” with Steve Delisle; “American-Made Bayonets during the War for Indepedence” with Derek Heidemann; “The Clothing of Conflict: Military Dress at Fort Ticonderoga” with Matthew Keagle; “George Washington’s Disappearing Ribbon and the Memory of the American Revolution” with Phil Mead; and “Clothing Rogers Rangers” with Gibb Zea.
“Material Matters” is open to the general public by pre-registration. The cost is $145 (Members of Fort Ticonderoga receive a discount, as do students and young museum professionals). Registration forms can be downloaded by clicking here. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at (518) 585-6370.