Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” returns this winter and early spring with monthly programs January through April 2016. Programs take place on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. The cost for each program is $10 per person and will be collected at the door; free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga.
January 10: “Going Dutch: The Material Culture of America’s Unlikely Ally”— Join Matthew Keagle, Curator of Collections and explore the evidence of Dutch military contributions to the conflicts of the 18th century from Fort Ticonderoga’s collections. Examine how, without sending any troops to America, the Dutch supported the French & Indian War and the American Revolution.
February 21: “Who’s in Charge Here?”— Explore the conflict over command of the American fleet on Lake Champlain in 1776. Using techniques from our summer teacher workshops, Rich Strum, Director of Education, will lead participants through an examination of documents related to the command of the American fleet in August 1776 and a discussion on how such a debacle could happen.
March 13: “Gunners, Bombardiers, & Matrosses: Uniforms of Artillerymen at Ticonderoga”— Join Senior Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie to discuss the organization, clothing, and distinctions of some of the many corps of artillery that have manned guns at Fort Ticonderoga.
April 10: “Building 18th-Century Redoubts”— Led by Nick Spadone, Assistant Military Programs Supervisor, delve into the tools, materials, and mathematics employed in constructing a redoubt. Begin with a theoretical look at redoubt construction through 18th-century treatises, and then dive into a practical view by examining the original earthworks that still remain at Fort Ticonderoga.
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 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 www.fortticonderoga.org and clicking on “Calendar” at the top of the page. Some programs require advance registration.