October 16-18, 2020
Fort Ticonderoga celebrates 200 years of preservation on the Ticonderoga peninsula with “Historically Situated: History, Memory, and Place,” a special conference focused on the historic preservation in North America, including historical perspective and contemporary issues.
Fort Ticonderoga: Ruin, Reconstruction, and the Making of a Historical Landscape—While Fort Ticonderoga’s role as a military outpost spanned only a few decades, most of its existence has been, first, as a venerated ruin into the early twentieth century, then as a pioneering historical reconstruction. Throughout much of this period, the environs served a dual function as a tourist destination and as a refined country estate for the Pell family. This layered and complex legacy has contributed to rendering the site one of the most historically rich in the United States. Richard Longstreth is a Professor of American Studies emeritus at George Washington University. He is a member of the Fort Ticonderoga Board and past president of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.