Join Fort Ticonderoga this Memorial Day Weekend for an exciting line-up of virtual experiences from live-stream living history demonstrations capturing Ticonderoga’s epic beauty and dramatic history, to a patriotic concert, and a special Memorial Day message. The virtual programs continue Fort Ticonderoga’s Digital Campaign: A Virtual Opening featuring interactive programming, engaging lectures series, and a preview of the many experiences which will be featured on-site once Fort Ticonderoga’s gates open in 2020.
The museum and cultural destination’s 2020 opening has been postponed due to COVID-19, with an anticipated early July opening.
“As Memorial Day is upon us, we reflect on the much greater sacrifices made by soldiers throughout American history who lost their lives to support the idea of the United States of America as a free and independent nation,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “The current COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to make sacrifices to ensure public health and slow the spread of this dangerous infection. These efforts are challenging and cause obvious hardship across the globe. Fort Ticonderoga staff continues to press forward with the commitment to provide resources and entertaining programs through our Center for Digital History to engage, inspire, and give context to the world around us.”
Featured Memorial Day Weekend Livestream and Virtual Programs, May 23-25, 2020:
Saturday, May 23, 2020– Digging in for Liberty: The 1777 redoubts of Ticonderoga
11:00 a.m. Facebook Live
Soldiers of Colonel Ebenezer Francis’ Massachusetts Regiment were completing construction to two new redoubts, adding to the construction of 1776. At 11:00 a.m., join Fort Ticonderoga living history staff to explore the process of redoubt construction for American soldiers preparing to defend Ticonderoga for a second year.
Sunday, May 24, 2020– Build your own Gabions
1:00 p.m. Fort Ticonderoga YouTube
Join Fort Ticonderoga Military Programs Supervisor, Ronald Vido, for a behind-the-scenes look at how Fort Ticonderoga recreates gabions, the woven baskets essential in 18th-century earthen fortifications. See the techniques that American soldiers used to dig-in for the defense of this new nation.
Monday, May 25, 2020—A Memorial Day Virtual Salute to the Soldiers
11:00 am Fort Ticonderoga Facebook
Join Fort Ticonderoga to remember the sacrifice of American soldiers beginning in 1776 through this solemn musical tribute. Hear soldiers’ own words about the challenges and meaning of this struggle for their nation and future generations to come.
In addition to the Memorial Day Weekend digital programs, visit https://www.fortticonderoga.org/ for an extended list of virtual programs as part of the Fort Ticonderoga Digital Campaign.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.