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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Celebrate Fall at Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival, October 3!

Join Fort Ticonderoga to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of fall on Saturday, October 3. Bring the whole family to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival for a full day of autumn fun set in the midst of the King’s Garden’s heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape! Experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports; take part in family-fun activities including horse drawn wagon rides and heritage games; meet friendly goats and enjoy horse rides; explore the lively and colorful harvest market; take a family trip through the six-acre corn maze; take a family trip through the six-acre corn maze; enjoy centuries of stories from the water on a Carillon boat cruise; and explore the fall splendor of Fort Ticonderoga’s beautiful museum campus located on Lake Champlain and nestled between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Admission to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival is included with Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket.  Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm daily. For a complete event schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

DSC_7474“Localvore” Food, Wine tastings, Live Music, Wagon Rides and more!

Festival featured activities include: live music; delicious “localvore” food; kids’ heritage games and sack races; pony rides; petting zoo; horse-drawn wagon rides; harvest market featuring locally grown and made products including artisanal cheese, hand-woven baskets, perennials and mums, produce, maple syrup, honey, apple products and more!

Horse Presentations

Discover the importance of horses in the Revolutionary War, meet the Vermont Cavalry and hear their story about their fight in the Civil War, and follow the cry of the hounds from the King’s Garden to learn more about the sport of Foxhunting with the Green Mountain Hounds.

“The Heritage, Harvest, and Horse Festival will feature demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses alike,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation. “From farm horses to cavalry mounts, meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals as you tour around the Fort’s garrison grounds and gardens.”

Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!

The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of the Fort and find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history!

FT1_1514Carillon Boat Cruise at 4 pm!

Make reservations today for the chance to gain a water-level perspective of Fort Ticonderoga on a Carillon boat cruise. The 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat will offer a special tour around the Ticonderoga Peninsula at 4 pm. In 90 minutes you can enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, this tour will explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th century.

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Fort Ticonderoga invites Homeschoolers for a Day Exclusively Reserved for Them! Homeschool Day will take place Friday, September 18, 2015

 

On Friday, September 18, 2015 homeschool students and their parents are invited to join us for a day exclusively reserved for them. 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 students can explore Fort Ticonderoga, take guided tours to learn about Ticonderoga’s epic history, and thrill at musket demonstrations,” said Rich Strum, Director of Education. “They can learn about the French troops who helped construct Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in 1756. Interacting with these French soldiers, students will discover what life was like for an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?”

Family ProgramsIn addition, special hands-on programs for homeschool groups take place in the historic trade shops at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. Programs at 12:00pm and 1:00pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared. Students in grades 6-12 can learn about how to be a part of the National History Day program at 11:30am.

In the King’s Garden, students can take part in the self-guided activity “Watercolors in the Garden” from 10:00am to 4:00pm. In addition, Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze will be open for homeschool families from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

To register your homeschool students to participate, please email Lauren MacLeod, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at lmacleod@fort-ticonderoga.org. The cost is $6 per student. One parent per family is admitted free of charge. Additional adults pay the adult group rate of $13.

For a full schedule of events for Homeschool Day or to learn more about programs for students and teachers at Fort Ticonderoga click here. Teachers interested in learning more about school programs, including outreach programs, should contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 518-585-6370.

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Summer Fun in the King’s Garden!

Explore a variety of programs and family-friendly activities in the King's Garden

With summer at its peak, there’s never been a better time to take a break from your daily routine and head to the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga – it’s a chance to get some walking in, stretch your legs, and enjoy views that will simply take your breath away!

The garden right now is awash in color, from the bold and abundant Tiger Lilies, to the soft and delicate Snow Caps.

You’ll find an interpreter portraying a French soldier of the Languedoc Regiment tending to the 18th-century Garrison Garden, beside an early 20th-century interpreter harvesting heirloom vegetables from a plot representative of the type grown during Fort Ticonderoga’s reconstruction. Whatever your horticultural interest, you’ll want to visit simply if it is just to enjoy fresh farm to table cuisine at America’s Fort Café!

Centuries of horticulture await you at the King’s Garden. Here are just a few great hands-on garden programs available for all. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig in!

Earl working in gardenHands-on Horticulture: through August 31
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. (Ongoing 1:30 – 3:30)

Sowing & Growing Favorite Perennials: Weekdays through August 31
Work alongside our garden staff as they propagate perennials from seed. From soil preparation, seeding, thinning, transplanting and care, witness the transformation from seed to plant. Whatever the day’s task, visitors are encouraged to join in and try it out!

Iris Division Days:  Weekdays through August 28
Discover the history of the bearded iris, learn practical growing tips, and try your hand at dividing the rhizomes of this popular perennial. Take your divided root home and grow a piece of history! Our annual iris sale runs concurrently with the program, including weekends.

FT1_9888 - CopySoldiers’ Gardening
Help tend the gardens alongside French soldiers as they grow rows of vital greens and vegetables to supplement their issued rations of bread, pork, and dried peas.

Gardening: Then and Now
Sow and hoe with one of the Pell family’s personal gardeners, and detect how gardening supported the family throughout the era of Reconstruction.

Horticulture: For Today and Tomorrow
Explore the brick pathways that lead you through our beautiful Colonial Revival Garden. Dig up the importance of horticulture at Ticonderoga during the years of Reconstruction, and talk with today’s gardeners to discover its uses for us today.

Corn maze aerialAfter a relaxing morning of seeding, plant division, and transplanting, you can venture into Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! This year, the six-acre corn maze features a design in the shape of Fort Ticonderoga in 1756. Hidden in the maze are 8 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.  Getting lost is part of the fun! The Heroic Maze is open for exploration daily through August 31 and weekends through October 18. You can also enjoy it on Labor Day and Columbus Day!

 

DCIM100GOPROOn your way out, don’t forget to say hello to our newest additions to Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape – heritage breed La Fleche Chickens and Red Devon Cattle! Fort Ticonderoga’s history truly comes to life with the presence of livestock. Whether for sustenance or for work, animals were essential to the survival of any army at Ticonderoga. Cattle provided meat and milk but also hauled timber, cannon and supplies. Chickens and hogs were raised to feed officer and enlisted soldier alike.  Fort Ticonderoga has launched a heritage breeds program to bring period cattle and chickens to the garrison grounds for its 2015 portrayal of 1756.

You can easily spend an entire day of fun at Fort Ticonderoga. The King’s Garden is just one entity to the abundance of opportunities available on a daily basis. Whether you want to brush up on your history during a conversation with one of the museum interpreters representing a French soldier of the Languedoc Regiment, or catch a cool breeze on Lake Champlain on a Carillon Boat Cruise or a rented canoe – we’ve got you covered! Don’t let summer pass you by without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga!

Stay tuned for Fall fun at Fort Ticonderoga! The Heritage Harvest & Horse Festival is just one of the many events to enjoy during leaf-peeper season!

 

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Fort Ticonderoga Presents Largest Revolutionary War Battle Re-enactment of the Year: Brown’s Raid 1777 Battle Re-enactment September 12-13

 

IMG_0227 - CopyJoin Fort Ticonderoga and more than 700 re-enactors for an exciting two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1777 Brown’s Raid! An attack led by patriot Colonel John Brown will take British troops garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga by surprise 238 years later during the upcoming real-life action adventure at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, from 9:30am- 5pm.

The living history weekend and major battle re-enactment will recreate what has become known as Brown’s Raid. Historic interpreters and re-enactors from across the northeast will bring to life the little-known 1777 action adventure story pulled straight from the pages of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. During the dramatic event, Fort Ticonderoga’s guests will witness first-hand the high stakes mission undertaken by Colonel John Brown and his patriot militia and meet the larger-than-life characters that undertook this daring raid during special programs in the British held Fort and the American camps throughout the weekend. The Brown’s Raid battle re-enactment will take place each day at 1:00 pm when the raiders will rush forward against the British held lines, overlooking Fort Ticonderoga.  Can the patriot militia capture Fort Ticonderoga or will the British and German soldiers hold the Fort?

“Brown’s Raid will be an epic weekend of immersive programming and demonstrations. Military activities include demonstrations of artillery firing, inspection of troops, and musket drill and firing,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Fort Ticonderoga guests will step into the moment in 1777 in the American camp and British Fort and be an eyewitness to the command discussions and decisions during this must-experience weekend event.”

Admission to Brown’s Raid is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.  For the full event schedule and to learn more about the event click here.

About Browns Raid:

IMG_0438 - CopyOut of the hazy twilight before dawn on September 18, 1777 rushed Colonel John Brown’s men, catching the British and Brunswick garrison around Fort Ticonderoga completely by surprise. John Brown, no stranger to dangerous missions, helped engineer the first capture of Ticonderoga in 1775. With the stakes even higher, he would test his luck again. As General Gates prepared to stop the British advance on Albany, he ordered General Lincoln to divide, divert, and harass General Burgoyne’s supply lines back to Canada. Colonel Brown chose his men carefully, allowed first pick of the ragtag patriot force assembled by General Lincoln at Pawlet, Vermont. Massachusetts and Vermont militia men would get their chance to strike a major blow against General Burgoyne’s attack to divide the colonies. Steadying them would be regulars from Colonel Warner’s regiment of Vermonters. Out front, Vermont rangers were to lead the way. Leading the rangers was, Captain Benjamin Whitcomb, a ranger so skilled in his craft he was a wanted man to the British Army.

Rushing down into the LaChute river valley from Lake George landing, Brown’s men captured 330 British prisoners and set 118 American POWs free. Dawn at Fort Ticonderoga would see British Cannons atop Mount Defiance, which forced the American’s to flee that summer, turned on the British garrison itself. British soldiers awoke to the sight of a Brunswick soldier cut in half by a British cannon ball fired by Brown’s men from the summit of that hill. Rearmed with captured British weapons, American POWs had a chance to settle their score shoulder to shoulder with Brown’s militia, regulars, and rangers. Destroying supplies, and livestock, capturing boats, guns, and cannons, Colonel John Brown’s raiders disappeared back up Lake George, jumping into the pages of history.

It all sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but it’s all true! Join Fort Ticonderoga, September 12-13 to experience all sides of Brown’s Raid and meet the larger than life characters that make up this real-life action adventure.

Click here for the Brown’s Raid Schedule

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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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