Fort Ticonderoga recently awarded Peter S. Paine, Jr. the Marquis de Montcalm Award. The award is Fort Ticonderoga’s highest honor and was given in recognition of Paine’s years of leadership and monumental service to the museum. The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held at Fort Ticonderoga on August 12th. Paine was presented the award and given a reproduction of a Chevalier of the Order of Saint Louis, a prestigious French medal given to the Marquis de Montcalm in 1757.
“Peter is a force of nature. He exudes competence and inspires confidence in others,” said the Fort Ticonderoga Association Board Chairman, Sanford W. Morhouse. “Peter took the helm during Fort Ticonderoga’s darkest hour in 2008. Under his leadership, he put the organization’s finances in order, preserved the museum’s priceless collections, completed the construction of the Mars Education Center, brought order to governance, attracted new and talented Board members, and hired Beth Hill, the President and CEO.”
Paine, a lifelong resident of Willsboro and New York, was elected as a Member of the Fort Ticonderoga Association (later named National Council) in 1990. He served several terms on the Board of Trustees, was elected Chairman of the Board in 2008 and served in that role until January 1, 2013. Since that time, Paine has served as a Trustee Emeritus.
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Photo: Featured left to right: Beth L. Hill, President & CEO of Fort Ticonderoga; Sanford Morhouse, Fort Ticonderoga Association Board Chairman; Peter S. Paine, Jr., Fort Ticonderoga Trustee Emeritus and award recipient, and Anthony Pell, Fort Ticonderoga Trustee Emeritus. Photo credit: Fort Ticonderoga.