The Noble Train Begins: Living History Event on December 9, 2017

Join Fort Ticonderoga on December 9, 2017 to relive Henry Knox’s epic feat as he prepared to move massive cannon from Ticonderoga to Boston to force the British evacuation in 1776. Watch as soldiers work as carpenters to maintain Ticonderoga. Witness the raw power of oxen and horses as these thousand pound animals pull sleds of cannon tubes. Examine the science of gunnery, preserved in Fort Ticonderoga’s massive cannon collection. Listen to the martial music of 1775 in a stirring Fife and Drum concert. Tour through Fort Ticonderoga and learn more about our museum exhibits and daily demonstrations as you step into the first year of the Revolutionary War. Visit historic trades shops to discover daily routines for men and women at this strategic fortification in 1775. For the full event schedule, and to learn more about the event, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

“Step into a hive of military activity as you meet the soldiers working feverishly to maintain Fort Ticonderoga,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Walk along teamsters and oxen as they help in the work. Visit a trades shop to discover how tradesmen known as artificers worked to resupply soldiers with clothing, shoes, and equipment. Discover how meals were prepared and rationed to feed an entire army.”

Bring your family along to experience this exciting living history event during Fort Ticonderoga’s new schedule of programs during Winter Quarters season. From November through April, visitors will be immersed in a more intimate experience at Fort Ticonderoga. From exciting living history events, insightful seminars, specialty programs, and hands-on workshops, guests will have the opportunity to explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century.

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Photo: The Noble Train Begins Living History Event will take place on December 9, 2017 at Fort Ticonderoga. Visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821 for more Winter Quarter events, programs, and seminars.

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Experience Fort Ticonderoga during Winter Quarters: November 2017 – April 2018

Fort Ticonderoga is launching a new schedule of programs during its Winter Quarters season. From November through April, visitors will be immersed in a more intimate experience at Fort Ticonderoga. From exciting living history events, insightful seminars, specialty programs, and hands-on workshops, guests will have the opportunity to explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century. Groups of 15 or more are also invited to schedule a visit to have the entire site to themselves and a dedicated historic interpreter for their tour during the Winter Quarters season. To learn more about the full schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

“Discover a new perspective of Ticonderoga’s epic history and stunning historic landscape during our Winter Quarters season,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Just as the armies of the 18th century moved into Winter Quarters during this period of the year, Fort Ticonderoga is now launching a new program initiative to capture the story, activities, and winter-time beauty of the site. Unlike many regional tourist destinations who close their doors during this period, Fort Ticonderoga remains extremely active with a variety of unique and intimate guest experiences. From special group tours and field trips, classroom visits, incredible living history events, seminars and lectures series and a variety of other programs, Fort Ticonderoga’s Winter Quarters is a must-do for residents in the region as well as the many tourists who visit the Adirondacks for its story, beauty, and wintertime activities.”

Living History Events
December 9, 2017: The Noble Train Begins
Discover the epic story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” and witness the raw power of oxen and horses as these thousand pound animals pull sleds of cannon tubes. Examine the science of gunnery, preserved in Fort Ticonderoga’s massive cannon collection.

January 13, 2018: The Coming Campaign
Discover the defining story of 1777, the last year American troops held Ticonderoga. the roar of musketry and cannon and the intricate maneuvering of soldiers take on a whole new dimension in the stark beauty of winter.

February 17, 2018: 1775 British Garrison Event
See how British soldiers and their families lived at Fort Ticonderoga on the eve of the American Revolution. Discover what it was like to be a British soldier, soldier’s wife, or child. Was the British army prepared or unprepared to fight for control of Ticonderoga?

March 24, 2018: Ordered to Join the Northern Army in Canada
Discover how veteran New York soldiers and raw recruits assembled at Ticonderoga in the spring of 1776. See their training and preparation to join the on-going Continental Army campaign in Canada. Smell the sawdust and watch the wood chips fly as carpenters repair the fort barracks.

Fort Fever Series
Fort Ticonderoga’s popular wintertime Fort Fever Series returns in 2018 and features programs led by Fort Ticonderoga museum staff who will share their latest research and cutting-edge discoveries.

January 7, 2018: “Vigilance & Discipline to be observed through all the Vessels”
Join Assistant Director of Interpretation, Nicholas Spadone, as he explores the composition of the dozens of British Royal Navy Vessels on Lake Champlain during the American Revolution.

February 11, 2018: “Soldiers of Color at Ticonderoga”
In celebration of Black History month, join Vice President of Public History and Operations, Stuart Lilie, to explore the diversity of soldiers who fought at Ticonderoga and examine how attitudes about soldiers of color varied dramatically within these various armies.

March 11, 2018: “A ‘Charmingly Aggressive Woman’ Sarah Pell’s Struggle for History & Human Rights”
Celebrate women’s history the month with us! Join Miranda Peters, Collections Manager, as she shares images, archival materials, and collections never-before-seen by the public, and recently cataloged by museum staff that reveal glimpses of Sarah Pell’s impactful work.

• April 15, 2018: “Somewhere in France–Stephen Pell’s Great War”
Curator Matthew Keagle will explore the service of Fort Ticonderoga’s co-founder Stephen H.P. Pell during the First World War. As a volunteer ambulance driver, Stephen saw the Great War first-hand on the Battlefields of France. Learn about Stephen’s war through never-before-seen artifacts, photographs, and letters from Fort Ticonderoga’s collection.
To learn more about the 2018 Fort Fever Series, visit www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu.

Winter Workshop Series
Join Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff and tradesmen as you make your own 18th-century clothing and accoutrement during hands-on Trades Workshops. Each workshop includes a coat kit, sewing materials, and lunch. Pre-registration required.

January 27-28, 2018: “Surtouts & Straight-Bodied Coats”
Learn construction details as you build your own men’s 1770 civilian coat. Choose between making a blue, brown, or drab breadcloth surtout (a fitted overcoat) or a straight-bodied coat.

March 10-11, 2018: “British Regimental Coats”
Learn the latest research on British enlisted regimental coats as you construct your own. Bring your own lace and buttons to customize your trim.

April 14-15, 2018: “Hunting Shirts”
Explore the origins and construction of this unique American military worn garment during the War for Independence.

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Fort Ticonderoga Seeks Applicants for 2018 Graduate Fellowships

Fort Ticonderoga is seeking applicants for its 2018 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships designed for students seeking practical, hands-on fellowship experience at a historic site and museum with dynamic and transformative programs. The Fellowships run from June 11 to August 17, 2018, and include Fellowships in Education, Exhibitions, and Collections Management. Continue reading

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Fort Ticonderoga Presents Seventh Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” Weekend Seminar November 4-5, 2017

Fort Ticonderoga will host its Seventh Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” seminar on November 4 & 5, 2017. This weekend event focuses on the material culture of the 18th and early 19th centuries and is intended for collectors and people with a general interest in learning more about objects and what they can tell us about history. “Material Matters” takes place in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Continue reading

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Fort Ticonderoga Announces 2017 Volunteer Awards

Fort Ticonderoga recently held its annual Volunteer Reception to thank volunteers and recognize volunteer leadership. Bonnie Sheeley of Putnam, New York, received the 2017 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteer of the Year award for her dedicated service working with a variety of museum departments throughout the year. A number of other awards were presented to volunteers during the reception, celebrating volunteers’ creative skills and dedication. Fort Ticonderoga volunteers have given nearly 10,000 hours so far in 2017 in areas including public history, administration, special events, horticulture, education, development, collections management, and buildings and grounds. Continue reading

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Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze at Night! October 27-28, 2017

Discover fall fun of historic proportions at Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. 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! Continue reading

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Girl Scout Day at Fort Ticonderoga!

Fort Ticonderoga joins forces with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York to host Girl Scout Day on Saturday, October 14 from 9:30am-5:00pm. The scouts will participate in interactive and immersive programs, visit museum exhibitions, and explore the historic site, including the King’s Garden, Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail, and the Heroic Corn Maze. Continue reading

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A Memento of Arnold’s Treason

John Andre’s Pocketbook Inv. # 4368. Collection of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, photo credit Gavin Ashworth.

On the morning of September 23, 1780, north of Tarrytown, New York, a party of armed Americans waylaid a rider on horseback heading south towards New York City. They unwittingly had uncovered the most infamous treason in American history. Forcing their captive to strip, they found hidden papers in his stockings that incriminated General Benedict Arnold, the hero of Ticonderoga, Québec, Valcour Island, Danbury, and Saratoga. The rider was Major John André, an accomplished and convivial British officer, who had just negotiated with Arnold to give up the critical American position at West Point, where he commanded. Caught dressed as a civilian, without his uniform, André was hanged by the Continental Army as a spy. Arnold’s treason remains one of the most traumatic events of the Revolution. While Arnold’s exact motives continue to be scrutinized to this day, his name lingers on as a byword for treason. Continue reading

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George Washington and Henry Knox Featured in Free Teacher Workshop Presented by Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Vernon

Fort Ticonderoga, in partnership with Mount Vernon, invites regional teachers to attend a free one-day teacher workshop focused on George Washington and Henry Knox on Friday, October 13, 2017. The workshop will take place in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and includes lunch and coffee. Continue reading

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Award from Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York

Collections Manager, Miranda Peters arranges early 20th c. glass plate photo negatives on a light box for study. The museum maintains a large collection of 20th c. archival materials in addition to the vast 18th c. collection.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum has been selected to receive a Preservation Survey through the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) Planning and Assessment Services. The purpose of this Preservation Survey is to review the museum’s preservation needs concerning the environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution, and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, disaster preparedness, storage, handling, exhibition, treatment, and preservation planning, especially as they relate to the Museum’s renowned archival collection.

“The generous support from the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) will ensure that the museum continues to meet our mission of preservation,” said Fort Ticonderoga Collections Manager, Miranda Peters. “As stewards of these remarkable collections, we want to formally assess our current practices and collections spaces so that we may better plan for the future. DHPSNY’s support through the Preservation Survey will help us meet that objective.”

From the library and archives to the object collections, Fort Ticonderoga’s collection touches on nearly all major categories of material related to the American Revolution and early colonial conflicts. The library contains over 13,000 volumes focusing on the military history of northeastern North America and New France during the 18th century. Another focal point of the rare book collection is the collection of original 17th, 18th, and early 19th-century military manuals. The museum’s collection of 18th-century English and American newspapers and literary magazines includes comprehensive runs of The London Magazine and Annual Register covering the Seven Years’ War and American War for Independence in their entirety.

Registrar, Margaret Staudter and Collections Manager, Miranda Peters, re-house a 19th c. painting of Ethan Allen taking the fort in 1775 in museum storage.

The archival collections consist of thousands of manuscripts, diaries, orderly books, maps, and photographs.  The manuscript collection includes correspondence of both officers and common soldiers who served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century. Thirty journals and orderly books contain first-hand accounts and day-to-day orders of an army at Fort Ticonderoga and the Lake George/Champlain valleys during the Seven Years’ War and War for American Independence.  Dozens of original maps, hundreds of engraved portraits and hundreds of historic photographs provide a visual link to the past. The museum’s collection of maps documents change in the landscape from the 1690s to the mid-19th century.  Engraved portraits bring researchers face-to-face with the key figures involved in the conflicts for North America.  The photographic collections document the preservation and reconstruction of Fort Ticonderoga from the mid-19th to the 21st century.

The DHPSNY staff will meet with Fort Ticonderoga Museum staff to complete the Preservation Survey in fall 2017.

About Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY)

A statewide program of the New York State Archives and New York State Library, Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) provides free planning and education services to support the vast network of repositories such as archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions that safeguard and ensure access to New York’s historical records and unique library research materials.

DHPSNY is a collaboration between two long-running New York programs dedicated to service and support for archival and library research collections throughout the State: the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program and the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Program. DHPSNY is a program of the New York State Education Department, with services provided by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts.

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