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

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 lectures series, and creative at-home educational activities and resources. This virtual experience is in addition to onsite visitation that was just announced. Fort Ticonderoga will be 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 again to Fort Ticonderoga soon and often.”

Featured on our Upcoming Digital Campaign Event Calendar:

cannon and crewJuly 3, 2020: 6pm Facebook Live
Round-Shot and ‘Junk’: American Artillery Ammunition in 1777
Get a sneak peek of our special Independence Day programs with a closer look at American Artillery ammunition. See everything needed to load and fire one of the guns of Ticonderoga in 1777!

July 5, 2020: 4pm Facebook Live
Gardener Growth: Dividing Daffodils
Every spring we welcome the early beauty that Daffodils bring to the King’s Garden. Join us as we demonstrate how to divide and transplant our Daffodils to bring more color to our garden next spring.

July 8, 2020: 11:45 am Facebook Live
1758 Battle of Carillon Commemoration
Join Fort Ticonderoga live as we remember the 2500 British and French soldiers who fell in the Battle of Carillon, July 9, 1758.

July 8, 2020: 1pm Facebook Live
Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Rare Booksrare books
The collections storage tour continues this week with a look at Ticonderoga’s rare book collection. Going back over 400 years, Ticonderoga’s collection of rare books spans the European colonization of North America and the evolution of warfare across the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the titles, topics, and languages represented in our important collection of rare military books.

July 11, 2020: 1pm Facebook
Shoemaking Skills: Heels and Finishing
Join Fort Ticonderoga Artificer Shoemaker, Kevin Maher, for a quick guide to shoe heel construction and finishing edges.

July 12, 2020: 4pm Facebook
Oxen: Logging with Mick and Mack
Join a teamster from the 26th Regiment of Foot putting the power of oxen to use. Watch as Mick and Mack, the dynamic oxen duo, haul heavy timbers from the forest for use in maintaining Lake Champlain’s British Garrison.

July 15, 2020: 1pm Facebook Live
Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Tools
Collected for over a century, and numbering over 1,400 individual pieces, the collection is amongst the largest assemblage of 18th-century tools in the US. Join Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle to explore the actual tools used to build Fort Ticonderoga and how we store and preserve them.

July 19, 2020: 2pm ZOOM
Virtual Author Series
The Fort Ticonderoga Virtual Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Join Todd W.tomatos Braisted, author of Grand Forage 1778, to examine the events surrounding a chaotic, yet little-studied, period of the American Revolution.

July 19, 2020: 4pm Facebook Live
Gardener Growth: Tomato Care
Join us in the King’s Garden and virtually bite into summer’s first tomato. Learn some tricks to grow these delightful fruits and harvest that perfectly plump tomato!

July 22, 2020: 1pm Facebook Live
Ticonderoga’s Treasures: Manuscripts
Covering the campaigns and battles of King George’s War, the Seven Years’ War, the Revolution, and the War of 1812, Fort Ticonderoga’s manuscript collection documents the experiences of men and women in the conflicts that shaped North America. Join Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle as he gives an introduction to the range of handwritten documents preserved in Fort Ticonderoga’s collection that put a human face on the past.

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!

muskets and soldiers with masksFort 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 required by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org. During the initial open phase beginning June 30th, only exterior spaces will be 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.