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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Girl Scout Day at Fort Ticonderoga October 17

Girl ScoutsFort Ticonderoga joins forces with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York to host Girl Scout Day on Saturday, October 17, from 9:30am-5:00pm. Girl Scout troops will have an opportunity to spend the day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of interactive and immersive experiences while participating in special programs, visiting museum exhibitions, and exploring Fort Ticonderoga’s vast and beautiful landscape including the King’s Garden, Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail, and Heroic Corn Maze.

“Throughout the day Girl Scouts will explore Fort Ticonderoga’s historic campus, take guided tours to learn about Ticonderoga’s epic history, and thrill at musket demonstrations,” said Rich Strum, Director of Education. “They will interact with museum staff portraying French soldiers in 1756 and discover what life was like in the 18th century while participating in hands-on interactive programs designed especially for them.”

Special Girl Scout focused programs will be offered in the Historic Trades Shops at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm and will include shoe making and tailoring. In addition, programs at 12:00pm and 1:00pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared in the camp kitchen.

Scouts can roll up their sleeves and dig into centuries of horticultural history in the King’s Garden. An on-going self-guided activity “Watercolors in the Garden” is intended develop artistic skills while surrounded in the beauty of the garden and is available from 10:00am to 4:00pm. In addition, Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze, a 6-acre life-size puzzle cut out in the shape of the fort will be open for scouts from 10:00am-4:00pm.

To register your Girl Scout troop to participate, please email Lauren MacLeod, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at lmacleod@fort-ticonderoga.org. The cost is $7 per scout; $13 for adult leaders and chaperones.

To learn more about programs for scout groups at Fort Ticonderoga click here.

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

large_GarmentsFort 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.

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Fort Ticonderoga Programs in Schools Supported by Recent Grants

outreachFort Ticonderoga’s outreach programs to regional classrooms recently received grant funding to support programs during the 2015-16 school year. Grant support from the Lake Placid Education Foundation and the Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation will enable eighteen Grade 4 classrooms in the Adirondacks and western Vermont to participate in the “Soldier’s Life at Fort Ticonderoga” program presented by Fort Ticonderoga staff.

“Students take an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the key role of Fort Ticonderoga during the early years of the American Revolution. They discuss equipping and feeding an army in a remote location while incorporating geography, math, and language arts skills,” said Judy Contompasis, Fort Ticonderoga’s School and Youth Programs Coordinator. “They explore the daily life of soldiers through hands-on experiences with high-quality reproductions of items that soldiers carried during the Revolution. Students obtain an understanding of the purpose and function of each item and the larger concepts related to service in America’s War for Independence.”

Last year Fort Ticonderoga’s staff provided 23 outreach programs for 869 students in eastern New York and western Vermont, logging over 1,800 miles in travel.

Grant funding is available on a first come, first served basis for Grade 4 classrooms within the Adirondack Park and Vermont’s Addison County. Participating schools pay a modest $25 fee while the remainder of the program fee and all mileage costs are covered by the grants. Teachers interested in booking a program should contact Judy Contompasis at 518-585-6370 or by email at jcontompasis@fort-ticonderoga.org. Programs are available November 2015-April 2016.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteer of the Year Announced

Volunteer of the Year 2015Fort Ticonderoga recently announced that Frank Schlamp of Ticonderoga, NY, has received the 2015 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteer of the Year Award.  Mr. Schlamp received the honor in recognition of his years of dedicated service, commitment to Fort Ticonderoga’s educational mission, and generous support in all areas of Fort Ticonderoga’s operations. Mr. Schlamp has earned the highest status in Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteers Count! rewards program, the Triple Diamond level, with 546 hours logged as of the end of August.

“Frank’s support and assistance at Fort Ticonderoga has had a substantial impact on our overall organization,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “Always willing to support projects in Collections, King’s Garden, Buildings and Grounds, and other areas, Frank has offered invaluable leadership with special projects and in operations. He has shared his talent with Fort Ticonderoga for more than 22 years, working approximately 40 hours a week with our team.  His record is monumental and his service and support has been considerable. We are very, very grateful.”

“Frank has been the heart of the ongoing commitment to reconstructing Ticonderoga’s past. From sorting archeological remains to piecing together fragments of ledger books, his tireless attention to detail, commitment, and passion for the work of history is all the more remarkable when we stop and consider that he does this because he truly loves and believes in it. His work embodies to the truest and highest spirit of volunteerism.”

Mr. Schlamp’s work in Fort Ticonderoga’s collections department was recently featured in an interview with Mountain Lake PBS:  http://mountainlake.org/local-stories/arts–culture/piecing-together-the-history-of-fort-ticonderoga/.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteers Count! Rewards Program. The volunteer rewards program was initiated in 2012 and allows volunteers with eleven or more hours donated to earn a Volunteer Ambassador Pass granting free general admission for the season as well as other benefits.

Fort Ticonderoga volunteers have given nearly 8,000 hours so far in 2015 in areas including interpretation, horticulture, education, development, collections, exhibitions, and buildings and grounds. New volunteers are welcome to apply to the program which offers numerous and enriching volunteer opportunities. Volunteer information and applications are available on Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org or by calling 518-585-2821.

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