Fort Ticonderoga continues its 2020 Digital Campaign – an exciting virtual experience featuring interactive programming, engaging lectures series, and creative at-home educational activities and resources.
The unique virtual opportunity brings the layers of history and natural beauty into homes across the globe. Featuring the museum’s annual interpretation (2020 is 1774), Fort Ticonderoga staff continue to press forward with their commitment to providing resources and entertaining programs to engage, inspire, and give context to the world around us.
“Through this Digital Campaign, we are eager for our virtual visitors to enjoy behind-the-scenes information, special insider content, and a newly added digital exhibition featuring museum co-founder Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president & CEO. “We look forward to inspiring visits and welcoming guests to Fort Ticonderoga during special living history events this winter!”
Saturday, November 7
New Jersey Regimental Buttons
What do archaeologically recovered buttons tell us about the unit of American cause in 1776? Learn how Ticonderoga’s defenders from New Jersey reflected one of the greatest challenges to waging the Revolutionary War.
Wednesday, November 11
Collections Speed Dating: James Byers Howitzer
This Veteran’s Day, explore the remarkable evolution from a porcelain factory to the gun foundry through perhaps the oldest piece of American military equipment to bear the abbreviation “US.”
Thursday, November 12
National History Day Teacher Workshop
This late afternoon online workshop introduces teachers to the National History Day program, a project-based program for students in grades 6-12. The workshop features an introduction to the History Day program, a session by a teacher who currently uses History Day in the classroom, and an introduction to regional, state-wide, and national resources. This workshop is supported by a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
This program is free to teachers but pre-registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 14
Continue in the Service…and Save their Country: Properly Supplied with Provisions
Hear the musical call of Roast Beef and follow soldiers to the commissary to draw their rations. Discover what the Continental Congress promised and the reality of rations at Ticonderoga in 1776.
Saturday, November 14
Continue in the Service…and Save their Country: Strike the Tents and Mount Packs
Witness soldiers take down their tents and load them onto the army’s carts and wagons. See soldiers preparing their equipment and themselves to march for winter quarters and for duty with General Washington’s beleaguered army.
Saturday, November 14
Continue in the Service…and Save their Country: “I Determined to Move the Army…”
Watch the departing soldiers of the Continental Army as they make final preparations to leave Ticonderoga. See soldiers hand in their ammunition and take their back pay, preparing to put Ticonderoga behind them on their march.
Sunday, November 15
Virtual Author Series: Noble Volunteers, the British Soldiers Who Fought the American Revolution
Who were the people who wore red coats and fought to suppress a rebellion in Britain’s American colonies? And why would a book about them be called Noble Volunteers? Author Don N. Hagist will talk about his new book that brings to life the wide array of common soldiers that formed the British army during the American Revolution.
This program requires pre-registration. Fort Ticonderoga Members receive free admission; $10/general public.
Wednesday, November 18
Building Ticonderoga: Making Mortise & Tenon Joints
From layout to fitting, see the steps of cutting a mortise and tenon joint as Fort Ticonderoga staff structures a new period, timber-framed building.
Saturday, November 21
26th Regiment of Foot Cartridge Pouch Badge
Among the primary pieces of equipment that the British soldier carried was his cartridge pouch. Fort Ticonderoga’s archaeological collections include a stunning badge from Ticonderoga’s final British garrison, informing our portrayal of the eve of the Revolution.
Wednesday, November 25
Collections Speed Dating: Robert and Sarah Knox
Learn about Robert and Sarah Knox and how this handsome pair, the work of America’s finest artists, reflects the unique culture and history of our nation’s first capital.
Thursday, November 26
From the Ground Up: Cutlery
What kinds of utensils did soldiers and civilians at Fort Ticonderoga eat with? Explore archaeologically uncovered knives, forks, and spoons.
Saturday, November 28
Tips from the Tailoring Trade: Drummer’s Lace 2
Join Fort Ticonderoga Artificer Tailor, Gibb Zea, to look at finishing British drummers’ coats with the final layers of lace that completes their distinct look.
As we continue adding to our Digital Campaign, be sure to visit fortticonderoga.org for more exciting live videos, on-site special events, lectures series, and educational at-home activities that bring history to life!
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.