Fort Ticonderoga’s 2016 “Fort Fever Series” begins on Sunday, January 10, at 2:00 pm with “Going Dutch: The Material Culture of America’s Unlikely Ally” presented by Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, Matthew Keagle. The cost is $10 per person and will be collected at the door. The program is free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga.
“Going Dutch” will provide visitors with the opportunity to examine the traces of the Dutch connection to the wars that made America and explore the evidence of Dutch military contributions to the conflicts of the 18th century from Fort Ticonderoga’s collections.
“The United States was not the first Republic of the modern world. Preceding it by almost exactly two centuries, the Dutch had triumphed in their own bitter war of independence against the Spanish,” said Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator Matthew Keagle. “During the 18th century the Dutch were a small colonial power, but important transporters of goods as well as arms manufacturers. Dutch weapons armed many Americans through the French & Indian War and American Revolution, even before the Dutch finally entered the war against Great Britain in 1780.”
Additional “Fort Fever Series” programs are scheduled for February 21, March 13, and April 10. The complete schedule of winter and early spring programs is available here.
The “Fort Fever Series” is just one of several programs taking place at Fort Ticonderoga this winter and early spring. Clothing and Accoutrement Workshops are offered January 16 & 17, January 30 & 31, and February 27 & 28. Fort Ticonderoga presents “Winter Family Fun Day: An 18th-Century Experience” on February 13. The living history event “1775 British Garrison Weekend” takes place March 12. The Fifth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 9. You can learn more about all of these programs by clicking here. Some programs require advance registration.