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Fort Ticonderoga Digital Campaign: A Virtual Opening Continues into the Fall

Offering a unique virtual experience with programming, lecture series, social media events, and other activities

child helping in garden with a mask on(Ticonderoga, N.Y.) 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. This virtual experience is in addition to onsite visitation. Fort Ticonderoga is open to the public through October 11, 2020. For specific days of operation, visit or call 518-585-2821.

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 and special insider content,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president & CEO. “We look forward to inspiring visits and welcoming guests to Fort Ticonderoga this summer!”

Fort Ticonderoga’s 2020 opening was delayed due to Covid-19 and New York on Pause. Numerous measures are in place to ensure staff and visitor safety and reflect guidance from appropriate government agencies and health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including required physical distancing, new signage to manage visitor flow and expectations, and required face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.

This year, until otherwise announced, general admission capacity will be capped at 450 visitors per day and advance on-line ticketing is encouraged by visiting Tickets, as available, are also sold at the gate with a credit card purchase.

photo of silver sword taken by photographer Gavin Ashworth

Featured on our Upcoming Digital Campaign Event Calendar:

Wednesday, 9/2 | Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Edged Weapons
Facebook | 1pm
Swords, sabers, cutlasses, epees, and more, this edition of Ticonderoga Treasures looks at the cutting edge of the collection, representing three centuries of the development of edged weapons across the Atlantic.

Thursday, 9/3 | How Do I…Search the Museum Collections?
Facebook | 1pm
It’s back-to-school time for many in September, so that means it’s back to basics with how to use the many online resources available for research and study. This week, Director of Collections Miranda will introduce you to the Ticonderoga Online Collections database. You may have heard of the “online collections database” during other videos. and this program will walk you through how to access the database and search for museum collections online.

Friday, 9/4 | Inside our Virtual Classroom: A Soldier’s Life
Facebook | 1pm
Are you looking to inspire students to learn remotely or online in the classroom? Discover, A Soldier’s Life, our interdisciplinary introduction to the personal items carried by American soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

Sunday, 9/6 | Gardener Growth: Gardening with Kids
Facebook | 1pm
Need some extra hands in your garden? It’s never too early to teach kids how to garden.  Join our youth as we cultivate a relationship between them and their food, planting seeds that will grow for a lifetime!

Wednesday, 9/9 | Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Artilleryphoto of museum staff hanging a frame
Facebook | 1pm
Easily the largest part of Ticonderoga’s collection might also be the most overlooked. Gracing the walls of the reconstructed fort are over 100 original historic pieces of artillery that evoke not just Fort Ticonderoga’s history, but the technological developments and broader military history of the Atlantic World.

Thursday, 9/10 | How Do I…Search the Museum’s Archives?
Facebook | 1pm
It’s back-to-school time for many in September, so that means it’s back to basics with how to use the many online resources available for research and study. This week, Director of Collections Miranda will introduce you to searching through the museum’s archival collection, including manuscripts.

Sunday, 9/13 | Virtual Author Series
ZOOM | 2pm

What caused Washington to lose at Germantown? Was it his complicated plan of attack? Or, was it a fateful decision made by him at the height of success that day? Join author Michael C. Harris to get to the bottom of the details.

Wednesday, 9/16 | Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Manuscript Books
Facebook | 1pm
A handwritten book? In the age of printing? Get a look at the rarest rare books in the collection, hand-written and hand-illustrated volumes on subjects of engineering and related military arts.

Thursday, 9/17 | How Do I…Use an Image?
Facebook | 1pm
It’s back-to-school time for many in September, so that means it’s back to basics with how to use the many online resources available for research and study. This week, Director of Collections Miranda will introduce you to how to responsibly find, save, and credit images you find online for your school presentations or papers. Peters will also discuss rights & reproductions forms for publications.

Friday, 9/18 | Inside our Virtual Classroom: Questioning Historyphoto of child looking at laptop
Facebook | 1pm
Get the inside scoop on our new critical thinking and historical literacy program, ‘Questioning History.’ See how this new program combines student-led research in Fort Ticonderoga’s primary source with an inquiry-based virtual discussion of student questions with our skilled educators.

Wednesday, 9/23 | Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Powder Horns
Facebook | 1pm
Engraved powder horns are one of the most recognizable and compelling forms of American folk art. Join us as we explore the extensive collection of these uniquely American artifacts at Fort Ticonderoga.

Thursday, 9/24 | Virtual Program: From the Ground Up
Facebook | 1pm
Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Registrar & Site Archaeologist Margaret Staudter in the second episode of our new video series looking at the Fort Ticonderoga archaeological collection. From musket balls to fragments of mortar shells, join on YouTube and explore the different types of ammunition recovered during the early 20th-century reconstruction!

Sunday, 9/27 | Gardener Growth: Harvest!
photo is a soldier in a red coat on a horseFacebook | 4pm
Harvest season is here! Bring your basket and join us in the King’s garden as we dig and pick the fruits of our labor. Discover some tips to successfully harvest a variety of vegetables!

Wednesday, 9/30 | Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Orderly Books
Facebook | 1pm
The day to day activities of armies in the 18th century were recorded in orderly books. Fort Ticonderoga holds a rich collection of these documents that reveal what life was like for soldiers in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars.

Wednesday, 9/30 | Orwell Light Horse
Facebook | 4pm
Examine a stellar example of an American militia uniform in the Collections of Fort Ticonderoga. See the recreation of this uniform and the great story of these local light horse volunteers in the War of 1812.

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.