Eighth Annual Material Matters: It's in the Details

November 3 & 4, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga presents the Eighth Annual Material Matters: It’s in the Details weekend on November 3 & 4, 2018, in the Mars Education Center. We invite you to join us for this weekend focused on the material culture of the 18th century. The informal setting promotes interaction between presenters and attendees throughout the weekend. Presenters are experts in their fields. Box lunches Saturday and Sunday are included in the registration fee. 


Confirmed Sessions

Locks, Stocks, and Barrels: Philadelphia Gunsmiths and the Fight for Independence—Gunsmiths in Philadelphia made and repaired thousands of firearms to equip Continental troops and American militiamen during the Revolutionary War. This presentation will examine how the city’s gunsmiths responded to military supply demands and helped lay the roots of American industry. Matthew Skic is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Confirmed Presenters

Suzannah Emerson on Sprang Weaving and Sashes

Adam LeClaire-Hodges on 18th-Century Grooming

Matthew Keagle on Painted Textiles

John Rees on 18th-Century Knapsacks

Download an Early Registration Form


Teacher Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of Seminar patrons, Fort Ticonderoga offers two scholarships for K-12 teachers who are first-time attendees at the "Material Matters" seminar. Since, 2001, Fort Ticonderoga has provided 130 teacher scholarships to attend its conferences and seminars.

Teachers wishing to apply for a scholarship should download a PDF of the application below and send it to Rich Strum, Director of Academic Programs. The application deadline is October 15, 2018.

Download the Teacher Scholarship Application.


Where to Stay

Rooms book quickly for Fort Ticonderoga events. Book your room early. For more information.


Other Conferences and Symposia at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga offers a series of conferences and symposia throughout the year.