Rare French Painting Joins Fort Ticonderoga Museum Collections

Fort Ticonderoga's recent acquisition of an important painting of the French military on campaign from the mid-18th centuryFort Ticonderoga is thrilled to announce the recent acquisition of an important painting of the French military on campaign from the mid-18th century. The work depicts a French regiment camped in hilly terrain of the Italian Piedmont during the final campaigns of the 1740-1748 War of Austrian Succession. This painting is an internationally significant addition to the museum’s collection and an important document of military and material culture during the Ancient Regime with a direct connection to the French soldiers that built and served at Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) during the French and Indian War (1754-1763).

The campaign depicted in the painting involved French forces advancing into Northern Italy. These French troops suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of numerically inferior Piedmontese troops at the Battle of l’Assietta. The Marquis de Montcalm also served during the campaign depicted in the painting, where he was wounded during the battle, his final field command prior to his service in Canada. The painting represents the camp of the Royal Roussillon Regiment, identifiable by their uniforms which follow the January 19, 1747 regulations. This regiment later served and wore the same uniforms at Fort Carillon from 1756-1758, including the climactic battle on July 8, 1758, making this one of the very few surviving contemporary images of French regiments that saw service in North America.

This painting serves not only as a detailed glimpse into a French military encampment, but represents a campaign that may have served as a lesson for the Marquis de Montcalm of how a small, well-entrenched force could defeat a much larger army. The lopsided victory at l’Assietta in 1747 shares some striking similarities with the later battle at Ticonderoga in 1758, including the presence of Montcalm as well as four of the infantry regiments that had fought in Italy, one depicted in this painting.

“The intricate detail of the painting is a remarkable window into daily life in the French military,” said Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator Matthew Keagle. “It illustrates in full color many of the details of camp life depicted in the engravings of military manuals in the Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s library collection. The level of detail allows the identification of numerous examples of objects from soldiers’ muskets to powder horns to eating utensils that match examples recovered archaeologically at Fort Ticonderoga.”

Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. This painting adds immensely to the museum’s holding of French material. Exhibits across the museum’s campus 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. The painting will be on display during the museum’s 2016 season in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center.

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“Slavery and Race in Colonial America” Focus of Annual Colonial America Conference for Educators at Fort Ticonderoga this May  

Fort Ticonderoga will host the Eighth Annual Colonial America Conference for Educators on Friday May 20, 2016 in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. This day-long conference, while intended for educators, is open to anyone with an interest in helping connect students with history. This year’s conference, titled “Slavery and Race in Colonial America,” has a special focus on slavery in New York and the Champlain Valley. Presenters include classroom teachers, museum educators and consultants, and archivists.

Keynote speaker Kristin Gallas will speak on “Teaching Slavery and Race.” Gallas argues that “A more comprehensive and culturally competent approach to teaching about slavery can build a greater sense of shared humanity as opposed to the separation that has long been wrought by racial hierarchies in our society.” Gallas is a consultant with the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, overseeing the design of workshops for educators and public history professionals. She is the co-editor of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites, among other publications on best practices in the interpretation of slavery.

Travis Bowman, Senior Curator for the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, will speak on “Slavery in the Dutch New York.” His session examines the role slavery played in the formation and growth of the West India Company and how the Company’s Atlantic slave trading activities affected the colonists of Dutch New York.

Julie Daniels, Coordinator of Education Programs at the New York State Archives, and Jessica Maul, an education consultant with the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, will present “Slavery in New York.” The session will take participants through a case study/inquiry developed by the New York State Archives to teach students about the history of slavery in New York State. The lessons give students the opportunity to analyze documents, interpret the evidence, and draw conclusions about the system of slavery in New York and the process of gradual emancipation.

Tim Potts, a teacher at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York, and Rich Strum, Director of Education at Fort Ticonderoga, explore “Slavery in the Champlain Valley: Case Studies.” Most of us are guilty of thinking about slavery as a “southern” issue, but slavery existed right here in the Champlain Valley. Participants will examine two case studies: one alluding to slavery, while the second demonstrates that slavery was a crucial part of the economy at the southern end of Lake Champlain in the 1760s and 1770s. Participants will share in learning lesson plan strategies for unpacking unique primary sources from Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s collection.

Pre-registration to attend the conference is required. The cost is $45 per person. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Educators” on the drop down menu. You can learn about other opportunities for educators at Fort Ticonderoga in 2016 on the same page on the website.

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Popular Fort Fever Series Returns to Fort Ticonderoga

FT1_2102Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” returns this winter and early spring with monthly programs January through April 2016. Programs take place on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. The cost for each program is $10 per person and will be collected at the door; free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga.


January 10: “Going Dutch: The Material Culture of America’s Unlikely Ally”—
Join Matthew Keagle, Curator of Collections and explore the evidence of Dutch military contributions to the conflicts of the 18th century from Fort Ticonderoga’s collections. Examine how, without sending any troops to America, the Dutch supported the French & Indian War and the American Revolution.

February 21: “Who’s in Charge Here?”— Explore the conflict over command of the American fleet on Lake Champlain in 1776. Using techniques from our summer teacher workshops, Rich Strum, Director of Education, will lead participants through an examination of documents related to the command of the American fleet in August 1776 and a discussion on how such a debacle could happen.

March 13: “Gunners, Bombardiers, & Matrosses: Uniforms of Artillerymen at Ticonderoga”— Join Senior Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie to discuss the organization, clothing, and distinctions of some of the many corps of artillery that have manned guns at Fort Ticonderoga.

April 10: “Building 18th-Century Redoubts”— Led by Nick Spadone, Assistant Military Programs Supervisor, delve into the tools, materials, and mathematics employed in constructing a redoubt. Begin with a theoretical look at redoubt construction through 18th-century treatises, and then dive into a practical view by examining the original earthworks that still remain at Fort Ticonderoga.

The “Fort Fever Series” is just one of several programs taking place at Fort Ticonderoga this winter and early spring. Clothing and Accoutrement Workshops are offered January 16 & 17, January 30 & 31, and February 27 & 28. Fort Ticonderoga presents “Winter Family Fun Day: An 18th-Century Experience” on February 13. The living history event “1775 British Garrison Weekend” takes place on March 12. The Fifth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 9. You can learn more about all of these programs by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org and clicking on “Calendar” at the top of the page. Some programs require advance registration.

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Henry Knox and His Big Guns at Fort Ticonderoga: “The Noble Train Begins” Reenactment takes place on December 5

DSC_0410 - CopyDiscover the epic story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” of artillery at Fort Ticonderoga’s upcoming reenactment, Saturday, December 5, from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will feature an exciting program highlighting Henry Knox’s arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreate the beginning of the incredible feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776. Witness the raw power of oxen and horses as these thousand pound animals pull sleds of cannon tubes while soldiers prepare the artillery for the long march to Boston. Tours highlighting Ticonderoga’s defining role in the “Noble Train” will be presented throughout the day. Admission to the “The Noble Train Begins” event is $10 per person and payable at the gate. Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders, and children 4 years and under are free. For more details click here.

Step 240 years into the past at Fort Ticonderoga, as if it were December 6, 1775, during this dramatic living history event. Henry Knox rode into Ticonderoga to dispatch thousands of pounds of artillery to General Washington. This event will highlight how Knox’s wealth of knowledge, coupled with the teamsters and draft animals moved 60 tons of ordnance to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Demonstrations utilizing oxen and horses will dramatically feature the logistical challenge Knox faced with moving the heavy artillery while museum interpretive staff will present programs on the science of gunnery including cannon demonstrations.

“Guests will have the opportunity to discover the inspirational story of Henry Knox, the unassuming Boston book seller, whose physical and mental might would be first tested with the ‘noble train’ of artillery,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation. “See man power and oxen power in action as fifty-nine cannons and mortars are carefully selected from Fort Ticonderoga. Witness the struggle for liberty and hardships soldiers faced while serving at Ticonderoga in the winter of 1775-1776. Lend a hand to the carpenters repairing Fort Ticonderoga, and learn about the material needs and productions of the new fledging American army and the resources needed for Knox’s epic journey to Boston.”

At 12 pm join Curator Matthew Keagle for a presentation in the Mars Education Center entitled “Henry Knox: Autodidactic Artilleryman” to learn more about how the practical knowledge of the artilleryman was disseminated through printed volumes. Many of the volumes utilized by revolutionaries such as Knox are now in the Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s collection.

“Knox’s story in many ways represents one of the other great revolutions of the 18th century, the transmission of technical and theoretical knowledge through books,” said Matthew Keagle, Curator of Collections. “Knox was able to develop his skills through the world of print that linked together the knowledge of the Western world and beyond.”

oxen dec 2014Historical Background:
The siege of Boston, April 19, 1775 – March 17, 1776 was the opening phase of the American Revolutionary War in which New England militiamen, who later became part of the Continental Army, surrounded the town of Boston, Massachusetts, to prevent movement by the British Army garrisoned within. In November 1775, Washington sent a 25 year-old bookseller-turned-soldier, Henry Knox, to bring heavy artillery that had been captured at Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. Knox knew the challenge before him as he wrote to George Washington on December 5, 1775.

The garrison at Ticonderoga is so weak, the conveyance from the fort to the landing is so difficult, the passage across the lake so precarious, that I am afraid it will be ten days at least before I can get them on this side. When they are here, the conveyance from hence will depend entirely on the sledding; if that is wood, they shall immediately move forward; without sledding, the roads are so much gullied that it will be impossible to move a step.

In a technically complex and demanding operation, Knox began the “Noble Train” in January 1776 at Ticonderoga and carried sixty tons of artillery through the dead of winter to Boston in just forty days. In March 1776, these artillery pieces were used to fortify Dorchester Heights, overlooking Boston and its harbor and threatening the British naval supply lifeline. The British commander William Howe, realizing he could no longer hold the town, chose to evacuate it. He withdrew the British forces, departing on March 17, for Halifax, Nova Scotia thus giving Washington his first great victory of the war.

Fort Ticonderoga is the location of the first Knox Trail marker in the Knox cannon trail that traces the route of the noble train. The Fort Ticonderoga Museum owns 2 original artillery pieces that made the epic journey in the winter of 1776.

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Fort Ticonderoga appoints Dr. Leonard Perry as the New Horticulturist in Residence

Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Leonard Perry, a horticulture professor who will be retiring from the University of Vermont in 2016, as the new Horticulturist in Residence for the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga. In his 35 years of work with University of Vermont Extension, Dr. Perry has already collaborated on hosting several King’s Garden tours and gardening classes, bringing forth a wealth of knowledge and expertise. His new role will expand his collaboration in Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Garden Symposium and many other hands-on classes and academic opportunities throughout the 2016 season.

“Fort Ticonderoga is extremely enthusiastic to welcome Dr. Perry to our team as our Horticulturalist in Residence,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO.  “Dr. Perry’s vast horticulture knowledge will greatly add to our talented horticulture team.  With his leadership we look forward to growing Fort Ticonderoga’s horticulture programs, outreach opportunities, and academic partnerships to greatly expand and highlight the King’s Garden’s layered story that spans centuries.”

“The King’s Garden differs from many historic gardens, in that it reflects layers of history over several centuries,” said Dr. Perry. “I look forward to bringing my 45 years of hands-on experience and knowledge of plants and horticultural practices to the team of the King’s Garden to help make it an even stronger part of the Fort Ticonderoga experience.”

Dr. Perry holds a Ph.D. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University, and plans to implement his combination of education and experience at the King’s Garden with new, innovative programming including Gardening Classes, Symposium, and Tours; and Consultation on plant maintenance, garden rotations, and layout. Dr. Perry will also assist with the annual garden planning, provide professional development opportunities, advise the EW Pell Graduate Fellow in Horticulture 2016, participate in Fort Ticonderoga’s annual Landscape Symposium, and write blogs and assist in providing content in garden related media posts.

About Fort Ticonderoga’s “King’s Garden” 

KG-Beaty-2Fort Ticonderoga has a long and layered horticulture history. The center of Fort Ticonderoga’s horticulture program today is the walled Colonial Revival King’s Garden which was designed in 1921 by leading landscape architect Marian Coffin.  The formal elements – a reflecting pool, manicured lawn and hedges, and brick walls and walkways – are softened by a profusion of annuals and perennials, carefully arranged by color and form.  Heirloom flowers and modern cultivars are used to recreate the historic planting scheme. Visitor favorites include the lavender border, towering hollyhocks, bearded irises, dinner plate dahlias and many types of phlox.

Outside of the nine-foot brick walls of the colonial revival King’s Garden, the Discovery Gardens include a children’s garden, military vegetable garden, native garden, cut flower garden, and early 20th century tenant farmer garden. The restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, charming gazebo, sweeping lawns and shady picnic spots invite visitors to explore the landscape at one of America’s oldest gardens dating to the French occupation of the fort in the mid-18th century.

The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga is open to visitors all season and offers several new garden-related programs for children and adults as well as daily tours. Guests will roll up their sleeves and dig into Fort Ticonderoga’s centuries of horticulture in the formal Colonial Revival garden and five additional plots in the Discovery Gardens. A new interactive Soldiers’ Gardening program welcomes visitors to help tend the gardens alongside soldiers as they grow rows of vital vegetables to supplement their period diet. Gardening: Then and Now will encourage visitors to sow and hoe with an early 20th-century interpreter portraying one of the Pell family’s personal gardeners, and learn how gardening supported the family throughout the era of reconstruction. The new Heritage Breeds program brings period cattle and chickens to the garrison grounds to truly enliven Fort Ticonderoga’s history.

 

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Fort Ticonderoga Awards Scholarships for Fifth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” Weekend Seminar

 

large_GarmentsFort Ticonderoga is pleased to announce that Jason McGarry, a teacher at H.H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, Connecticut, and Alexander Lee, a teacher at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont, have been awarded scholarships to attend the Fifth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” seminar at Fort Ticonderoga to be held November 7 & 8, 2015. Since 2001, Fort Ticonderoga has provided scholarships for 121 teachers from across the country to attend its seminars and conferences.

Registration is still open for members of the general public to participate. At Material Matters, 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 also include: “A Revolution in Wood: The Buckets, Boxes, and Canteens of Hingham, Massachusetts” by Derin Bray; “18th-Century Military Use of Tinware” by Steve Delisle; “American-Made Bayonets during the War for Independence” by Derek Heidemann; and “George Washington’s Disappearing Ribbon and Memory of the American Revolution” by Phil Mead.

Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections Matthew Keagle will also give a presentation on “The Clothing of Conflict: Military Dress at Fort Ticonderoga,” as will Artificer Tailor Gibb Zea on “Clothing Rogers Rangers.”

There’s still time for members of the general public to register to attend “Material Matters.” The cost is $145; Members of Fort Ticonderoga receive a discount on registration. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu and then clicking on “Material Matters: It’s in the Details.” A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at (518) 585-6370.

 

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Last Chance! Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s Exhibition “Founding Fashion” Open Through November 1

 

IMG_7303(1)The last day to explore Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s clothing exhibition entitled, Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Military Clothing is on November 1, 2015. This exhibition brings together a remarkable collection of historical military garments, accessories, and artworks. It explores how European military fashion and global commerce influenced American martial appearance throughout the American Revolution. Founding Fashion is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket and is located in the Deborah Clarke Mars Educational Center at Fort Ticonderoga. To learn more about this exhibit and related programs visit www.FortTiconderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

“This is the last opportunity to see the finest and earliest pieces of military textiles from Fort Ticonderoga’s rich collection,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “These represent the years before, during, and after the American Revolution and illustrate the evolution of military dress the way virtually no other collection in North America can.”

Baldwin Coat, three quartersThe objects and artworks featured in this exhibit are unique and can only be seen at Fort Ticonderoga. The key objects in the exhibit include four extremely rare and important American and British 18th-century uniforms along with three other related textile objects including an American soldier’s knapsack, a British officer’s sash, and one of the few surviving examples of a British army soldier’s blanket. Remarkably, each of these key objects in the exhibit has a provenance of use in America prior to or connected with the American Revolution.

One featured uniform coat in the exhibit was worn by Cyrus Baldwin from the Boston Independent Corps of Cadets, the oldest surviving American-made military uniform and a witness to the events leading up to the American Revolution.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this incredible collection of original clothing, accessories, and artwork, on display together for the first time!

Funding for the Founding Fashion was made possible in part by the following supporters: Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, D&E Technologies, Glens Falls National Bank, History Channel, Lake George Mirror, National Grid, Ticonderoga Credit Union, and individual donors.

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Highly Selective “Museums for America” Grant

 

IMG_7567Fort Ticonderoga has received a highly selective “Museums for America” grant in the amount of $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that will support a re-interpretation and exhibition of the museum’s outstanding artillery collection. This funding will help with the fabrication and installation of Fort Ticonderoga’s upcoming exhibit “The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-Century Artillery” (opening May 2016), which will tell the story of the weapons that dominated 18th-century battlefields. The exhibit will also include the re-installation of elements of the permanent artillery collection along the fort’s wall, conservation work on several key artillery pieces, an interactive activity space, a new mobile application, a symposium featuring world-renowned scholars, and the publication of an exhibition catalogue.

“Fort Ticonderoga’s artillery collection is internationally recognized as the largest and most significant of its kind in North America,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “This incredible collection has been set dressing to the reconstructed fort since the early 20th century. Now because of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, we can place the artillery center stage where it belongs. The new exhibit ‘Last Argument of Kings’ will reveal the story of these complex weapons through exploring the creation, use, and after lives of these remarkable objects. The exhibition will give Fort Ticonderoga the opportunity to engage its 70,000 guests in topics of physics, chemistry, and art as well as the historical narrative; thus, greatly enhancing the museum’s educational opportunities.”

“Artillery were more than just weapons, they were technological marvels and financial investments that required immense theoretical and practical training to use effectively,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “‘The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-Century Artillery’ takes its name from the swaggering motto of Louis XIV of France, who had his cannons engraved with the Latin saying, ‘Ultima Ratio Regum,’ or ‘the last argument of kings.’ These were the dominant weapons of the 18th century and the ultimate in destruction. They were so highly regarded on the battlefield that they were preserved for more than two centuries and not melted down like so many weapons of that era were.”

As a part of the grant project, the Museum will work with an evaluation consultant to perform three sets of exhibit evaluations, which will inform effective changes throughout the life of the exhibit as well as the development of future exhibitions. This project will provide the Fort Ticonderoga Museum a unique opportunity to present and interpret this fascinating, but neglected part of the collection and will serve as a model for future exhibits.

Fort Ticonderoga is a world renowned cultural destination, historic site, and museum that educates and inspires while creating jobs and generating revenue. The IMLS Grant funding will enable the Fort Ticonderoga Museum to overhaul its exhibits, increase visitor counts, and continue as a major source of economic growth in Essex County and the surrounding North Country. The Museum hosts tens of thousands of visitors on an annual basis, contributes $9 million in economic growth for the region and supports 120 jobs. This federal funding will allow it to continue to support as well as expand upon those activities.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # MA-10-15-0182-15.

About Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.”

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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.

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Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s Corn Maze at Night! Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight will take place on October 23 & 24, 2015

 

ScarykidsinMazeDiscover family-fun of historic proportions this fall at Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight on Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24. Navigate through the six acres of towering corn stalks at night! Visitors will find clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s story as they find their way through the Maze in the blanket of darkness. Will Fort Ticonderoga’s unexplained and ghostly past find you in the Maze?  Bring your flashlight and find out!

The cost of this specialty experience is $10 per person; tickets are available at the door.  Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass Holders and individuals that have volunteered at Fort Ticonderoga in 2015 are admitted free of charge. The admissions booth and the corn maze open at 7 pm; last ticket sold at 9 pm, maze closes at 10 pm. For more information call our offices at 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Explore the 6-acre maze designed in the shape of the Fort using your flashlight as a guide at this classic fall event. Winding paths and the mysteries of the dark will confuse and delight the entire family in the search for hidden stations in the maze to complete the “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest game offering a challenge and fun for visitors of all ages. It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects!

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.

 

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Prestigious Education Grant

DCIM100MEDIAThe National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant of $170,361 to Fort Ticonderoga to host two week-long Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers in the summer of 2016. The workshops will focus on “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga.” Fort Ticonderoga was one of twenty-two institutions nationwide and four institutions in New York State to receive grant funding for NEH Landmarks Workshops in 2016.

“This prestigious grant allows Fort Ticonderoga an unparalleled opportunity to play a vital part in educating and inspiring America’s youth through their teachers’ participation in this program,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Fort Ticonderoga is a national leader in teacher education and this program helps add to our diverse offerings and increased reach.”

“I’m really excited to welcome 72 teachers to Fort Ticonderoga next summer as part of the NEH Landmarks Workshops,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education and the NEH Project Director for the workshops in 2016. “Providing these NEH Summer Scholars with a unique learning experience combining a top-notch slate of visiting scholars and the talented staff and amazing resources at Fort Ticonderoga makes for a very memorable experience. It’s gratifying to think of the long-term impact a week like this has on teachers and their future students for years to come.”

This NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers will be offered twice: June 26-July 1, 2016 and July 24-29, 2016. There is no fee for this program and all participants receive a $1,200 stipend to help defray expenses. Teachers wishing to earn three graduate credits during the workshop can do so through an arrangement with Castleton University in Vermont.

Visiting scholars for the workshops include some of the most prominent historians in their fields and include James Kirby Martin (University of Houston), Holly Mayer (Duquesne University), Douglas Egerton (LeMoyne College), Judith Van Buskirk (SUNY Cortland), William Fowler (Northeastern University), and Jon Parmenter (Cornell University). Participating teachers have the opportunity to discuss issues related to the Revolution with these scholars as well as utilize the inexhaustible resources of Fort Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga played a crucial role in the early years of the American Revolution on the northern frontier. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold captured the Fort and its valuable artillery in May 1775 for the colonial cause. It was a hive of activity in 1776, fending off an aborted British invasion from Canada. In 1777, when news reached London that the Fort fell to the British in July, King George III reportedly shouted to the Queen “I’ve beaten them! I’ve beaten them!” These week-long workshops explore Fort Ticonderoga and the first three years of the Revolution on the northern frontier.

“The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga” is open to all teachers nationwide through a competitive application process open now. Full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously-affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to participate. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals, are also eligible to participate, subject to available space.

Fort Ticonderoga hosted NEH Landmarks Workshops for School Teachers in 2011, 2014, and 2015, and also offers the annual Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute each summer. To learn more about programs for educators, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fortticonderoga.org and click on “Educators” on the drop down menu under “Education.” Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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