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Building the Giberne, Part 1

One of the essential articles needed to portray soldiers of the Languedoc regiment at Ticonderoga in 1755 are cartridge pouches. These cartridge pouches or, ‘cartouches,’ were properly called, ‘gibernes,‘ for French regular army soldiers. Much like English cartridge pouches; these … Continue reading

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Maurice de Saxe and Canadian Clothing

While General Montcalm is the most famous and influential French officer in North America, on the continent of Europe, Marshall-General Maurice de Saxe was France’s most famous and successful officer during the middle of the 18th century. Like many officers … Continue reading

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William Ferris Pell, Horticulturalist

When William Ferris Pell purchased the 546-acre Garrison Grounds encompassing the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga in 1820, he preserved the remaining stonework of the Fort and began shaping the landscape surrounding the summer home he built nearby.  Set in a pastoral landscape, the site was … Continue reading

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A Very Old, New Look at New France

For the 2013 visitor season we are really excited to portray Fort Ticonderoga in its naissance back in 1755. Looking at the transformation of a French army camp at Carillon into a fortified outpost is a great opportunity to talk … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution that Will be Fun to Keep

Many of us make New Year’s Resolution this time of year, only to discover by the end of January that most (or all) of them have fallen by the wayside. I’d like to encourage you to make a resolution that … Continue reading

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Raising Montcalm’s Cross

Young and old are fascinated by great battles in history.  In addition to these generic themes of the roar of cannons, musketry, and grim statistics, every battle has a unique story. It is these unique stories that have filled the … Continue reading

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Diana in the King’s Garden

  In the center of the King’s Garden rests the bronze sculpture, The Young Diana, that depicts Roman mythology’s goddess of the hunt.  Displayed on a pedestal in the reflecting pool, the statue is located on a cross-axis and serves … Continue reading

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On the Road

One of the parts of my job I enjoy the most is the opportunity to get out into the surrounding area to work with different audiences, from a group of 6th grade students developing project topics for this year’s National … Continue reading

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Combat in the North Woods

In discussing firelocks, cannons, or mortars with visitors, the question that logically comes up is the use of these weapons in a battle. Unfortunately, mentioning “A Battle” leads to images conjured out of the movies. Despite the rugged, wooded hills … Continue reading

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A Different Season—Not an Off Season

“What do you do with all your free time when the Fort is closed?” I’ve been asked this question often over the past thirteen years. The quick answer is “What free time?” But the serious answer is that Fort Ticonderoga … Continue reading

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