Offering a unique virtual experience with programming, lecture series, social media events, and other activities
Fort Ticonderoga continues its 2020 Digital Campaign – an exciting virtual experience featuring interactive programming, engaging lecture 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 Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5pm until October 31, 2020.
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!”
Featured on our Upcoming Digital Campaign Event Calendar:
Virtual Gardener Growth: Harvesting Garlic
Sun, August 2 | 4:00 pm | Facebook Live
Join Fort Ticonderoga on Facebook Live at 4:00 pm in the King’s Garden as they harvest our garlic. Learn the telltale signs of when to harvest these alliums and pick up some tricks along the way to help your garlic stay fresh until next year’s harvest!
Virtual Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Headgear
Weds, August 5 | 1:00 pm | Facebook Live
The look of a soldier begins at the top, but military headgear has evolved dramatically over time. Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle for a glimpse into Ticonderoga’s extensive collection of military headgear.
Virtual Program: Hamilton’s Ticonderoga
Weds, August 5 | 7 pm | ZOOM $10
Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle for an evening exploring Ticonderoga’s Hamilton collection first hand. This is the first chance to explore all of these artifacts together with an expert guide and chart how they follow the arc of Hamilton’s incredible career. What better way to follow up on your recent viewing of the filmed version of Hamilton and learn about the treasures at Fort Ticonderoga all at once.
Virtual Shoemaking Skills: Lasting a Shoe
Sat, August 8 | 1 pm | Facebook
Join Fort Ticonderoga Artificer Shoemaker Kevin Maher for a quick guide to lasting a shoe, the process of forming the top of the shoe over a wooden last.
Virtual Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Flat Textiles
Weds, August 12 | 1 pm | Facebook Live
Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle to explore the significant and somewhat unassuming collection of two-dimensional textiles in the museum’s collection. From flags to blankets there is more than meets the eye with these incredible survivals.
Virtual Program: 1756 Royal Artillery Carbine
Sat, August 15 | 1 pm | Facebook
Discover the details of the 1756 Royal Artillery Carbine within the Collections of Fort Ticonderoga. Discover how this original piece informs our portrayal of Royal Artillerymen in 1774.
Gardener Growth: Fall Vegetables
Sun, August 16 | 4 pm | Facebook Live
It is not too late to plant! Many vegetables thrive in the cool weather that we welcome in the fall. Join us in the King’s Garden as we plant our fall vegetables to keep our gardens productive right up to winter.
Virtual Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Archeological Buttons
Weds, August 19 | 1 pm | Facebook Live
Over 40,000 soldiers and civilians crossed the Ticonderoga peninsula during the 18th century, each wearing dozens of buttons on their clothing. These are buttons that tell us not just who was here, but the incredible complexity and extent of 18th-century trade and military institutions. Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle on Facebook Live at 1pm to explore buttons among the Fort Ticonderoga Collection.
Virtual Tips from the Tailoring Trade: Lined Breeches
Sat, August 22 | 1 pm | Facebook
Join Fort Ticonderoga Artificer Tailor Gibb Zea for an instructional video on the lining of British regimental breeches. Discover how this extra detail makes breeches construction more efficient.
Virtual Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Canteens
Weds, August 26 | 1 pm | Facebook Live
Water bottles, canteens, flasks, all different terms for the vessels used by soldiers carry fluids in the 18th and 19th centuries. In Ticonderoga’s collection are examples of these artifacts dating from the French and Indian War to the War of 1812.
Virtual Program: From the Ground Up: Pipe Stems
Thurs, August 27 | 1 pm | Facebook
Join Margaret Staudter Fort Ticonderoga Registrar & Site Archaeologist in this new video series looking at the archaeological collection at Fort Ticonderoga. In this first episode, explore a series of pipe stems found on the grounds during the 20th-century restoration of the fort.
Virtual Program: 1756 Long Land Pattern Musket
Sat, August 29 | 1 pm | Facebook
Discover the details of the 1756 Long Land Pattern Musket within the Collections of Fort Ticonderoga. Discover how this original piece informs our portrayal of Soldiers of the 26th Regiment of Foot in 1774.
As we continue adding to our Digital Campaign, be sure to visit fortticonderoga.org for more exciting live videos, lectures series, and educational at-home activities that bring history to life!
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 400 visitors per day and advance on-line ticketing is encouraged by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org. Tickets are also sold at the gate. During the initial open phase beginning June 30th, only exterior spaces are open to visitors Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm).
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.