Fort Ticonderoga 2019 Fort Fever Series: First Program Presented January 13th

Fort Ticonderoga’s popular wintertime Fort Fever Series returns in 2019 and features programs led by Fort Ticonderoga museum staff who will share their latest research and cutting-edge discoveries.

The first program is presented on January 13, 2019 with “Half-Spanish, Part-Hungarian, & All-American: Cavalry Treatises, Saddles & Objects in Fort Ticonderoga’s Collection.”

Join Vice President of Public History, Stuart Lilie, to explore the incredible horse artifacts in Fort Ticonderoga’s collections and the unique stories of American saddlery that they tell.  The Collections of Fort Ticonderoga include saddles, documents and other pieces which record the ongoing evolution of American military saddlery beyond the long 18th century.

“Saddlery for cavalry in the new United States drew upon old traditions and new military fashions around the Atlantic world,” said Lilie. “American Cavalry officers and saddlers alike consciously sought out other horse cultures, as they refined American cavalry equipment in the era of Western expansion.”

Additional Programs:

February 10, 2019: Selective Service: Soldiers of Color in the Atlantic World
As part of Black History Month, Fort Ticonderoga Curator Matthew Keagle will explore how the armies of the early modern Atlantic World policed the boundaries of race and military service during an era of global imperial conflict. This program will provide context to the complex, and often contradictory, history of soldiers of color on both sides of the Atlantic ocean in the 18th century.

March 17, 2019: Remembering the Ladies: Anglo-American Women in the Lake Champlain Valley, 1759-1781
This Women’s History Month, join Museum Registrar Margaret Staudter as she examines the roles of women at Ticonderoga and in the Lake Champlain Valley during times of peace and times of war. Through historical accounts, documents, and artifacts uncover the stories of women hidden in the shadows of Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic military history.

April 7, 2019: Lake Champlain’s Age of Steam
Join Director of Academic Programs Rich Strum for a program about the age of steam on Lake Champlain. From the first steamer that plied the waters of Lake Champlain in 1809 to the Ticonderoga that ceased operation in 1953, dozens of steamers moved passengers and freight up and down the lake, connecting communities and bringing early tourists to the region.

All Fort Fever programs take place in the Mars Education Center at 2:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door. Free admission is offered to Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass Holders.

For more information on programs and events at Fort Ticonderoga, 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.

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

Photo: Photo credit Carl Heilman II, copyright Fort Ticonderoga.

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