Fort Fever Series Explores Mixed Messages on the Command of the American Fleet on Lake Champlain in 1776

Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. with “Who’s in Charge Here?” presented by Director of Education Rich Strum. The cost is $10 per person and will be collected at the door. The program is free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga.

Fort Fever

Image of Benedict Arnold from the Fort Ticonderoga Collection

Following a disastrous invasion of Canada during the winter of 1775-76, the Continental Army desperately worked to protect the northern frontier from an expected British invasion from Canada in 1776. Learn about the steps taken to maintain control of the vital Lake Champlain corridor and explore the conflict over the command of the American fleet that developed. Following an overview of the conflict and its resolution, participants will examine documents related to the command of the fleet and discuss how such a debacle could happen.

Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education, Rich Strum, serves as the Project Director for the museum’s NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers and the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute. He is also the North Country Coordinator for New York State History Day.

Additional “Fort Fever Series” programs are scheduled for March 13 and April 10.  The complete schedule of winter and early spring programs is available at by clicking on “Education” and selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu.

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 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 on March 12. The Fifth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 9. You can learn more about all of these programs by visiting Some programs require advance registration.

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