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Fort Ticonderoga Announces 2018 Annual War College on the Seven Years’ War

Aerial view of Fort TiconderogaRegistration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Third Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 18-20, 2018. With a panel of distinguished historians from across the United States, this seminar focuses on the Seven Years’ War in North America, also known as the French & Indian War. The War College takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become the nation’s premier seminar on the French & Indian War in the United States. It features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the French & Indian War.

The 2018 speakers include:

  • Alex Burns, West Virginia University, “‘Without god and the King, I never would have lasted so long’: Common Soldiers in the Prussian Army, 1750-1765.”
  • Kyle Dalton, museum professional, “From Braddock to Wolfe: Royal Navy Seamen Ashore in North America.”
  • Cathrine Davis, University of Laval, “Négociants, Artisans, and Prostitutes: Exploring the Origins of French Textiles at Fort Carillon through Lead Seal Analysis.”
  • James Lacey, Marine Corps War College, “William Pitt: Global Strategist.”
  • David Ledoyen and André Gousse, Parks Canada, “Beds, Cabanes, and Hammocks: Where French Soldiers Slept in New France.”
  • Greg Rogers, SUNY Cobleskill, “New France’s ‘Petty Victories’: Everyday Power in the Lake Ontario Borderlands during the Seven Years’ War.”
  • Jobie Turner, United States Airforce, “Conestoga vs. Canoes: Lake George 1755-1759.”
  • Richard Weyhing, SUNY Oswego, “The Warrior and the Carpenter: Two Perspectives on the Siege of Oswego, 1756.”

The War College will also feature a Saturday evening lecture and concert “From the Ballroom to the Battlefield: Popular Music Adapted for Military Use during the French & Indian War.” Erik Lichack, a performer of early American music, is joined by musicians Eliza Vincz and Philip Winter, to present a lively performance that showcases the relationship between functional military tunes and songs, dances, and other pieces enjoyed by the English-speaking world.

A reception on Friday evening includes the opening of the new exhibition “Great Wars: Ticonderoga and World War One.” This new major exhibit opening in May 2018 will explore the lines between the Seven Years’ War and World War One through the story of Fort Ticonderoga’s Museum Founder, Stephen Pell.

Sunday’s sessions conclude with an optional boat cruise aboard the Carillon to explore naval aspects of the fight for Ticonderoga from 1756-59. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to War College participants.

Registration for the War College is now open at $155 ($130 for those registering by March 15); additional discounts available for Members of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at under the “Education” tab by selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu and then clicking on the War College. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting the Business Office at 518-585-2821.

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Photo:  Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Third Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 18-20, 2018. Early Bird Registration—with a savings of $25—closes March 15. Register Today! Copyright Fort Ticonderoga, photo credit Carl Heilman II.