In Honor of Veteran’s Day, Fort Ticonderoga will display one of the rarest and most significant artifacts to survive from the Revolutionary War during November 10 event

Fort Ticonderoga honors American Veterans with an exhibit open only on November 10, 2018. This exhibit will display the knapsack and accompanying note carried by Connecticut soldier, Benjamin Warner, during his service with the Continental Army and is considered one of the rarest and most fragile artifacts to survive from the Revolutionary War. As a veteran of some of the most difficult campaigns of the Revolution, Warner preserved his pack with a note to his children to keep it for posterity as a humble but lasting reminder of the sacrifices made to achieve independence and liberty.

“The ability to enhance living history with rare objects from everyday soldiers such as this exceedingly rare knapsack and a handwritten note is what makes Fort Ticonderoga best-in-class for its cultural heritage and as an international tourist destination,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President & CEO.

This one-time exhibit will be on display as part of a living history event at Fort Ticonderoga. Visitors will explore how British sailors and soldiers prepared for a campaign to be launched from Ticonderoga in the fall of 1781. Living history demonstrations throughout the day will focus on the range of people that fought for and supported the British Empire and their different roles in this last active campaign in the Champlain Valley of the Revolutionary War.

Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the technical skill of British forces and the many complicated mechanisms and practices used. Examine original British cannon in the Fort Ticonderoga collection to understand the math, science, and art of their time. Discover how sailors used ropes, levers, pulleys, and other simple machines to move heavy cannon and supplies to and from ships. Watch as oxen haul boats, supplies, and the weapons of war. Meet loyalist refugees from the nascent United States seeking security within British territory. Grapple with the same questions Americans did 237 years ago when British forces occupied Ticonderoga.  Will the British Army stay at Ticonderoga for long? Will they move further into New York, or retreat back north?

Admission to the event is $12 for the general public and free to Veterans, Fort Ticonderoga Members, Ambassador Pass holders, and children age four and under. For more information, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

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

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent nonprofit educational organization and museum, 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 75,000 visitors each year and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and pursues its vision to be one of the premier cultural destinations in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

Photo: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga, photo credit Gavin Ashworth.

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FORT TICONDEROGA ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES MAJOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT AND PLANS FOR FUTURE GROWTH

Association plans fundraising campaign to support state-of-the-art museum to display world class collection

Fort Ticonderoga announced today plans for a major capital campaign and collection preservation.

Aided by federal investment, announced today by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and supported by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Fort Ticonderoga continues to expand its collections catalog and rediscover more pieces of our nation’s amazing treasures. Fort Ticonderoga was awarded $249,400 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of a $619,630 project to inventory, catalog and store more than 30,000 items from its objects collections. This 3-year project will also aid in the updating of the online collections database recently launched by Fort Ticonderoga making its rare museum collections accessible to the world.

Additionally, Fort Ticonderoga announced it is beginning the next phase of a $70 million capital campaign to support plans to enhance the visitor experience, which includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art museum to house and display the growing collections of historical importance. The museum will serve as the premier North American military history museum, spanning the early modern era from 1609-1815.

This investment shows the strength of the organization, and why Fort Ticonderoga has gained a reputation as a world-class destination important to our nation’s history. This is the most aggressive expansion in the history of Fort Ticonderoga and will be one of the largest economic development projects in the North Country.

“In the last decade, Fort Ticonderoga has experienced significant growth in visitors, economic impact, and educational reach,” said Beth Hill, President & CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “We continue to offer an unmatched glimpse into the past through our collections, living history programs, and academic programming on the very grounds where freedom was advanced. We’re excited to move forward with these plans to ensure that people can have access to our singular collections and experience all that Fort Ticonderoga has to offer for generations to come.”

This investment comes on the heels of a $2.45 million grant awarded to Fort Ticonderoga by New York State for the preservation and adaptive re-use of the Pavilion, the historic home on the Fort Ticonderoga campus. The Pavilion was built in 1826 and is considered one of America’s first summer homes.

The restoration project, expected to be complete in 2020, will save a national treasure while expanding Fort Ticonderoga’s capacity as a national cultural destination. The future Pavilion will include expanded visitor amenities, conference center capacity, and new educational and exhibition space.

“I’m proud to help secure nearly $250,000 in federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America Grant program for Fort Ticonderoga’s newly announced expansion,”  said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our region thrives on the tourism and commerce we generate from our unique historical heritage, and Fort Ticonderoga is a pillar of our area’s culture. As a child, I remember spending many days at Fort Ticonderoga with my brother and parents, exploring the grounds and watching historical reenactments. The expansion announced today is great news not only for our tourism economy but for the countless families like my own that will be enriched through the educational programs at Fort Ticonderoga. I’ll keep working in Congress to ensure our North Country history is shared for generations to come.”

“Fort Ticonderoga shaped world history,” said New York State Senator Betty Little.  “I’ve been honored to support the fort in many different ways and am very pleased to join in today’s announcement of funding that will help shape Fort Ticonderoga’s future.  Preserving the fort and creating a more enriching experience is a true team effort that will benefit our region for decades to come.  Kudos to Congresswoman Stefanik, Beth Hill, the dedicated members of the board of trustees and everyone else who is playing a role in making this historic jewel shine even brighter.”

“The preservation of this historical collection will allow Fort Ticonderoga the ability to provide a greater understanding of the history and rich tradition the Adirondacks has amassed over the years,” said New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec. “Sharing this piece of history with future generations will enrich the lives of many visitors and ensure the viability of this world-class museum.”

“Fort Ticonderoga is one of America’s greatest historic treasures and one of the North Country’s greatest tourist attractions,” said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “This latest federal support for the fort’s collections and assets is another building block in the continuing enhancement of Fort Ti as an economic asset to the entire region. We thank Congresswoman Stefanik, as well as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, for their steadfast support for the fort, and we know that great things lie ahead thanks to this kind of federal partnership.”

This was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # MA-30-18-0166-18

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Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Photo Credit: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga, Photographer Carl Heilman II

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Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze at Night!

Discover fall fun of historic proportions at Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Navigate through the six-acres of towering corn stalks at night! Visitors will find clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s story as they make 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 maze, with a NEW 2018 design is divided into two phases, giving guests 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.

The cost of this fun fall nighttime experience is $10 per person; tickets are available at the door. Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass Holders, and children age four and under are admitted free of charge. The admissions booth and the corn maze open at 7:00 pm; last ticket sold at 9:00 pm, the maze will close at 10:00 pm. For more information, call (518) 585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent nonprofit educational organization and museum, 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 75,000 visitors each year and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits new throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and pursues its vision to be one of the premier cultural destinations in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

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

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Fort Ticonderoga Makes Major Land Acquisition to Preserve East Face of Mount Defiance

Acquisition in partnership with Open Space Institute ensures this
National Historic Landmark will be forever protected

The Fort Ticonderoga Association today announced that it has acquired 47 acres on the east face of Mount Defiance, ensuring the entire historically important mountain will be forever protected. The acquisition was made possible through the partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI) which provided a $46,000 grant for the purchase and related expenses.

“Fort Ticonderoga has a long history of land conservation and historic preservation dating back to 1820 when William Ferris Pell purchased the garrison grounds and placed a fence around the fort ruins marking the earliest act of preservation by a private individual in America,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “This recent acquisition is an important addition to our 2000-acre historic campus and will preserve the historic land and its natural beauty forever.”

“Fort Ticonderoga is one of New York’s most valuable historic resources, connecting families to a priceless heritage.  OSI is proud to have helped protect this significant, storied, and visually stunning area,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s President and CEO.

Mount Defiance is one of Fort Ticonderoga’s most important historic features and provides more than 75,000 visitors the opportunity to visualize and understand why Ticonderoga was the key to the continent in the 18th century. Best known historically for its role in the British capture of Ticonderoga in 1777, the mountain was utilized in some degree by every army who occupied Ticonderoga. Today, the summit of Mount Defiance is part of the Fort Ticonderoga experience, offering a unique vantage point of the epic military landscape as visitors discover how this mountain shaped America’s history.

About the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute protects scenic, natural and historic landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat and working lands and sustain communities.  Founded in 1974 to protect significant landscapes in New York State, OSI has been a partner in the protection of nearly 2.2 million acres in North America.  A leader in environmental conservation, OSI leverages their knowledge and attracts resources for strategic investments to make innovative land conservation happen.  Visit OSI online at www.openspaceinstitute.org

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October.

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

Photo: View of Mt. Defiance from Fort Ticonderoga. Credit: Fort Ticonderoga

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ATTENTION FALL FOLIAGE LOVERS: CARILLON BOAT CRUISES EXTENDED AT FORT TICONDEROGA

Spectacular Bon Voyage Cruise on October 21 includes bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Due to popular demand, daily boat cruises on Fort Ticonderoga’s Carillon have been extended until October 20! Originally slated to close for the season on October 14, the Carillon will operate for an additional week providing new opportunities to experience the renowned Adirondacks’ Fall foliage season from the waters of Lake Champlain.

In addition, Fort Ticonderoga announced details for a spectacular season-ending Bon Voyage cruise on October 21. Visitors will have one last chance to savor the spectacular Fall foliage aboard the Carillon on its final cruise of the season as it charts its course south on Lake Champlain for the winter. Sip on bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys on this unforgettable adventure- including a passage through Lock 12 in Whitehall!

“The demand to experience the Fall foliage around Lake Champlain aboard the Carillon is exceeding our wildest expectations so we’ve added another week of cruises so everybody has a chance to enjoy our unmatched natural beauty,” said Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill. “Even with an additional week, space is extremely limited and filling up quickly. Make your reservation today to ensure your spot on this unforgettable Adirondack experience.”

Cruises depart daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and provide gorgeous, sweeping views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 90-minute narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon. Let our friendly and experienced staff be your guide to Lake Champlain’s centuries of stirring maritime heritage with panoramic vistas around you and a sonar view of shipwrecks below. Embark on this unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages!

For more information or to make your reservation on the daily or Bon Voyage cruise, call 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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‘PIECES OF EIGHT: CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTION’ EXHIBIT FEATURES OBJECTS FROM THE BODIES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, JOHN TRUMBULL, AND THE LEGENDARY JANE MCCREA


Strange by modern standards, these objects were often cherished keepsakes that help tell stories about life during the Revolution and the founding of the United States of America

Fort Ticonderoga today announced a new museum exhibit, ‘Pieces of Eight: Curiosities from the Collection,’ featuring objects from the bodies of famous or interesting characters from early American history including George Washington, renowned “Painter of the American Revolution” John Trumbull, and even a human rib tied to the legend of Jane McCrea.

The exhibit opens October 5 and runs through April 2019.

Strange and perhaps macabre by modern standards, these objects were often cherished keepsakes among family and friends. Today, they are a reminder of how people in the past used objects to remember loved ones and other important figures. These objects reflect momentous events, tender sentiments, and sometimes the trauma and lasting wounds of 18th-century warfare in North America.

“‘Pieces of Eight’ offers visitors to Fort Ticonderoga a unique opportunity to explore very personal mementos, their meaning to the people who held them, and how they reflect defining moments in history,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Because of the depth of our collections, we have many opportunities to be creative and curate exhibits with interesting and never-before-seen items. ‘Pieces of Eight’ is a new way for Fort Ticonderoga to educate and share American history in an unexpected and meaningful way.”

The exhibit was conceived following the overwhelmingly positive response to Fort Ticonderoga’s display of extremely rare locks of Benedict Arnold’s hair in May. Curatorial staff began extensive research and identified eight intimate artifacts that compromise the new exhibit. Many involve human hair, which was trimmed, saved, mailed, and even made into jewelry where it was carried across the world.

‘Pieces of Eight: Curiosities from the Collection’ will give context to this somewhat forgotten practice and explore how Fort Ticonderoga acquired and continues to document, preserve, and make accessible these and other treasures using modern museum protocols.

Items going on display and the stories behind them include:

Locks of George Washington’s Hair
George Washington is one of the most recognizable and important figures in American history and mementos of his life were sought after even before his death. Fort Ticonderoga holds numerous Washington mementos including trimmings from flags, furniture, and clothing associated with Martha and George.  The museum also holds two clippings of hair identified as Washington’s, one certified by a letter confirming it was clipped from Washington’s head while he lived and another donated to the museum by Martha Washington’s great-grandson.

Lock of John Trumbull’s Hair
John Trumbull is best known as the “painter of the Revolution” whose canvases now grace the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Before beginning his painting career, when he was just 20 years old he served as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Continental Army at Ticonderoga during the critical campaign of 1776.

Jane McCrea’s Rib Bone
The killing of Jane McCrea, the fiancé of a loyalist officer, by British-allied Native Americans in 1777, was used by Americans to incite fear and anger against the British and their allies. The event also fueled racial animosity towards Native Americans and that continued to be used in history, art, and literature well into the 19th century to justify the extermination of Native American communities. Jane’s body was disinterred twice during the 1800s when this bone was likely removed, a reminder of the trauma and the lasting wounds of 18th-century warfare.

Lord Howe Mourning Pendant
George Augustus Lord Viscount Howe was amongst the most popular British officers of the French and Indian War. He served as second in command of the British army that tried to capture Fort Carillon and tragically he was killed near Ticonderoga on July 6, 1758, in a minor skirmish. He was just 33 years old. This gold pendant was made for the Chaplin of Howe’s regiment the 55th Regiment of Foot.

Locks of Hair from Benedict Arnold and Margaret Mansfield Arnold
Locks of the Arnolds’ hair were presented to Fort Ticonderoga in 1952 by a descendant. Benedict and Margaret were married in New Haven, Connecticut in 1767. Margaret died when she was just 31 years old while Benedict was away capturing Fort Ticonderoga. Their youngest son Henry, settled in Upper Canada, now Ontario, and was given this lock of his father’s hair after Benedict Arnold’s death in 1801.

Johnson “Vanity Case”
This small case may have been owned by Sir John Johnson’s wife, Lady Johnson, or her sister. One of the most important and powerful families in the colonies, the Johnson’s remained loyal to the crown during the Revolution and were forced to flee their Mohawk Valley homes during the war. The lid of this gold, ivory, and enamel case is decorated with a beautiful woven pattern of hair that probably belonged to Lady Johnson’s mother, a small memento of the family and past that could be carried during the tumultuous years of war and Revolution.

Portrait Miniature of Lady Bowes
William Johnson’s family remained loyal to the Crown during the Revolution and well afterward. William’s granddaughter Catharine Maria Johnson married a British officer who fought for King George during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. This miniature portrait of her as Lady Bowes incorporates woven locks of her hair on the reverse and may have been carried by her husband, who was killed in Spain fighting the French in 1812.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October.

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

Photo: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga, photo credit Gavin Ashworth: Gold mourning pendant featuring hair from George Augustus Lord Viscount Howe, one of the most popular British officers of the French and Indian War. The pendant is on display as part of Fort Ticonderoga’s new ‘Pieces of Eight’ exhibit that opens October 5, 2018.

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Celebrate Fall at Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival on October 6, 2018!

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 heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape on October 6, 2018!

Discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during exciting demonstrations, meet friendly farm animals, stroll through our farmers market featuring local food, beverages, and crafts, participate in family fun activities, tackle the 6-acre Heroic Corn Maze, and be sure to purchase some of our beautiful harvest vegetables and plants from the historic King’s Garden! This fall-favorite event combined with daily Fort Ticonderoga programs including the Carillon boat cruise makes this an annual family tradition!

“Localvore” Food, Beer and Wine Tastings, Live Music, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides and More!
Festival featured activities include: live music; horse-drawn wagon rides; delicious “localvore” food including homemade jams, jellies, and pies; regional beer, wine, and liquor tastings; the Annual Vegetable, Seed, and Plant Sale; a Harvest Market featuring locally grown and made products including; perennials and produce, maple syrup, honey, apple products, and more!

Children Activities
Kids of all ages will love the festival fall activities including face painting, creating a customized leaf book, sack races, colonial kids’ games, pumpkin painting, animal masks, natural dying, book reading in the teahouse, and other hands-on activities!

Animals!
Say hello to our friendly dynamic duo—Mick and Mack, watch the heavy hauling power of working oxen and follow the cry of the foxhunting Green Mountain Hounds.

Carillon Boat Cruise at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 90-minute narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon. Let our friendly and experienced staff be your guide to Lake Champlain’s centuries of stirring maritime heritage with panoramic vistas around you and a sonar view of shipwrecks below. Embark on this unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages! To make your reservation, visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!
The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!, where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze, with a new design for the 2018 season! Guests are able to find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history!

Admission to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival is included with a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket. Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm daily (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm). For a complete event schedule, please visit https://www.fortticonderoga.org/events/fort-events/heritage-harvest-and-horse-festival/detail.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Photo credit and copyright Fort Ticonderoga. 

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FIFTEENTH ANNUAL FORT TICONDEROGA SEMINAR ON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga presents the Fifteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution September 21-23, 2018. This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence. The Seminar takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

Did you know that Paul Revere faced a court-martial? Did you know the American artist of well-known paintings like “Declaration of Independence” and “The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” served with the Continental Army at Ticonderoga in 1776? These two topics and more will be highlighted during the Annual Seminar on the American Revolution.

Since 2004, the Seminar on the American Revolution has become a noted national venue for presenters, featuring a mix of new and established scholars and a variety of topics on the War for American Independence. This year’s speakers include:

  • Dean Bruno, from North Carolina State University, “Why does the Almighty strike down the tree with lightning?”: The Sullivan Campaign of 1779, William Tecumseh Sherman, and the Creation of Memory.
  • Brady J. Crytzer, Robert Morris University, The White Sands of Freedom: The Patriot-Spanish Alliance to Capture British West Florida.
  • Rachel Engl, Lehigh University, “Live in love with, and in the exercise of kindness to my fellow-soldiers”: The Continental Army as America’s First Band of Brothers.
  • Michael Greenburg, author, The Court-Martial of Paul Revere.
  • Timothy Leech, Ohio State University, General Charles Lee in New York: Confronting Tories as well as the Boundaries of Military Authority.
  • Eric Schnitzer, Saratoga National Historical Park, Cook’s and Latimer’s Connecticut Militia Battalions and the Battles of Saratoga.
  • Paul Staiti, Mount Holyoke College, John Trumbull’s Revolution in the North Country.
  • Mary Stockwell, author, “This Horrid Trade of Blood”: The Revolutionary Transformation of Anthony Wayne.

The Seminar also features presentations by Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator Matthew Keagle on “A Coat Not My Own: Uniform Substitution in the Revolutionary Era” and Director of Academic Programs Richard Strum on “Convinced of the Necessity of preventing…Anarchy and Confusion”: Benedict Arnold’s Declaration of Principles and Its Place in Early Revolutionary History.

Registration for the Seminar is $155 per person, $135 for Fort Ticonderoga Members. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org.

Fort Ticonderoga will also host a book signing in the Museum Store on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in conjunction with the Fifteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution. Six authors will sign copies of their books from 1:00-1:30 pm. The book signing event is included in the cost of admission; members of Fort Ticonderoga are admitted at no cost.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series century artillery collection of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Fifteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution on September 21-23, 2018. Photo credit Carl Heilman II, copyright Fort Ticonderoga.

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Fort Ticonderoga Awards Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III the 2018 Henry Knox Award Presentation Made at Annual Gala

Fort Ticonderoga recently awarded Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III the 2018 Henry Knox Award. The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held on August 11, 2018

The award was given in recognition of Dr. Muller’s support and leadership as a Board member on The Fort Ticonderoga Association and his life-long contributions to the field of history.

“The Henry Knox Award acknowledges the herculean efforts of Nick in his work on behalf of The Fort Ticonderoga Association,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Henry Knox is best known for his role in hauling 60 tons of artillery from Ticonderoga to relieve the siege of Boston over the winter of 1775 to 1776. This feat was justly regarded as a model of fortitude and perseverance. Similarly, Nick has shown that same spirit which motivated Henry Knox on that mission to do the heavy lifting needed to ensure that this institution, like the revolution, would survive and flourish.”

“Nick has committed his life to history, museum studies, and academic pursuits,” said Sanford Morhouse, The Fort Ticonderoga Association Board Chairman.  “It is a great honor to recognize Nick for his leadership over the past several years which fundamentally impacted Fort Ticonderoga for the better.  Further, he has contributed substantially to the field of history and continues to uncover new perspectives on a host of topics from Ethan Allen to Philip Skene.  It is a great honor to recognize Nick for his lifetime of accomplishments and thank him for his monumental support.”

Dr. H. Nicholas Muller was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Fort Ticonderoga Association in 2008. He retired and with his wife Carol moved to Essex, NY in 2002. He has served as the President & CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ and Spring Green, WI) from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Muller began his professional career as an Instructor at Dartmouth College and at Mt. Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada). He joined the faculty of the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1966 as an Instructor in the History Department. He became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science and a tenured full Professor of History, and with his interest in Vermont’s history, he became active in the state, writing many of one governor’s speeches. The head of the Finances for the Vermont Bicentennial Commission, he also worked with John. H. G. Pell on the Champlain-Hudson-Bicentennial Committee. In 1978 he went to Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) as President and from there to Madison, WI as Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, a statewide, multi-faceted state agency with 200 permanent staff. It had a library of 4,000,000 items in North American History. In 1984 he became a Director of Standex International Corp., retiring in 2016. He has published over 60 scholarly articles and a number of books. The Journal of the American Revolution put his 2014 Inventing Ethan Allen on its list of the top 100 books ever published on the American Revolution. [Fort Ticonderoga Trustee, James Kirby Martin has two books on that list.] He has published more than 150 newspaper columns syndicated in Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Locally he serves (with Rolly Allen) as a director of the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, the North Country SPCA, an Honorary Trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, and he manages the Essex Community Fund. He continues to write and speak, and a new book The Rebel and the Tory: Ethan Allen, Philip Skene and the Creation of Vermont will appear soon. [Fort Ticonderoga has the largest collection of Skene papers in existence.] Dr. Muller earned a BA (with honors) from Dartmouth College (1960), a Ph. D. from the University of Rochester (1968), and Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) gave him an Honorary doctorate (1997).

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga awarded Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III the 2018 Henry Knox Award. The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held on August 11, 2018. Pictured from left to right are Beth Hill, H. Nicholas Muller, III, Sanford Morhouse, Peter S. Paine, Jr.

Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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Fort Ticonderoga Announces 2018 Volunteer Awards

Fort Ticonderoga recently held its annual Volunteer Reception to thank volunteers and recognize volunteer leadership. Rolly and Kathe Allen of Hague, New York, received the 2018 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteers of the Year award for their long-time support and advocacy.  A number of other awards were presented to volunteers during the reception, celebrating volunteers’ creative skills and dedication. Fort Ticonderoga volunteers have given more than 12,000 hours so far in 2018, up an impressive 20% vs 2017 with volunteer hours. Volunteer areas include public history, administration, special events, horticulture, education, development, collections management, and buildings and grounds.

“Rolly and Kathe Allen’s volunteer support of Fort Ticonderoga has had a substantial impact on our organization,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “Their enthusiasm for Fort Ticonderoga’s mission and programs is contagious. Rolly and Kathe’s willingness to always lend a hand, provide support, and open their home for our many cultivation events has made them an invaluable part of our Fort Ticonderoga family.”

Other volunteer recognition:

The Bookworm Award
Anne Vido is recognized for her outstanding effort and commitment to make the library accessible for staff and researcher discovery. Over the past year, Anne has cataloged hundreds of books into the collections database.

Layered Legacy Award
Frank Schlamp received this award for outstanding effort and commitment to documenting, preserving, and making our museum’s archaeological collections accessible. Over the past year, Frank has drawn, cleaned, identified, rehoused, and labeled hundreds of objects from the many layers of our site’s history.

Here Comes the Judge Award
Jim Fry was recognized as a longtime judge at the annual North Country History Day competition at Fort Ticonderoga. Jim also volunteers with Fort Fever programs, the War College of the Sevens’ Year War, and living history events throughout the year.

The Servant of Two Maters Award
Mike Barbieri
has transcribed vast volumes of documents in the Frederick Haldimand Papers, which provided the foundation for exhibitions and public programs supporting the 2018 focus on 1781. Mike’s generosity routinely reaches across department bounds with the loan of his fabulous original Brunswick musket and his time and talents at living history events.

The Basket of Beauty Award
Betty Rettig 
earned this award for creating wonderful arrangements for the Log House Welcome Center and special events, as well as for teaching young and old her trade secrets.

The Tin Man Award
This award acknowledges Craig Russell and his dedication to our Interpretive Program.  Craig has created and repaired a substantial amount of tin work utilized by the Fort Ticonderoga Interpretive Department throughout the year.

The Miles of Stitching Award
In addition to driving countless miles from his home in Delaware to attend Fort Ticonderoga’s events and workshops, James Stone has stitched nearly every type of uniform we use just so he can continue to volunteer with us.

New volunteers are welcome to apply to our Volunteers Count! Program. Information and applications are available at www.fortticonderoga.org or by calling 518-585-2821. Volunteers who reach 10 hours of service receive free annual attendance and other special benefits.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga awarded Rolly and Kathe Allen the Volunteers of the Year award during the annual Volunteer appreciation gathering. 

Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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