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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Funding to Support Archaeology Internship Program Supported by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation

Jaron Rochon a senior in Castleton Universitys Archaeology Geography and Advanced Anthropology program is spending his spring semester cataloging artifacts excavated from the Northeast Bastion as part of work completed prior to the building of the Mars Education Center

Fort Ticonderoga, a major cultural destination, museum, and National Historic Landmark, has been awarded funding from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, providing Vermont’s Castleton University students with a semester-long paid internship working with archaeological collections.

Dr. Matthew Moriarty, Director of Archaeology and Grants and Castleton University’s Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography Program Coordinator said, “The opportunity to work with world-class collections at such an important and well-researched site is an incredible learning experience for Castleton students. We are extraordinarily grateful to Fort Ticonderoga and the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation for making this possible.”

Through the spring and fall 2023 semesters, two Castleton students will work alongside Fort Ticonderoga staff to gain collections management skills and catalog archaeological artifacts excavated prior to the building of the Mars Education Center.

“The generosity of the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, allows Fort Ticonderoga to continue to engage the next generation of archaeologists, museum professionals, and cultural heritage stewards,” said Fort Ticonderoga Director of Archaeology, Margaret Staudter.

The selected Castleton students will assist in artifact research and a variety of artifact records will be added to the Ticonderoga Online Collections database, following the museum’s commitment to accessibility.

About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, center of learning and major cultural destination. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year on site 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 owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a non-profit educational organization which serves its mission to preserve, educate and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. Fort Ticonderoga reaches more than 30 million people through its digital outreach each year through its Center for Digital History and is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. To view Fort Ticonderoga’s electronic press kit, click here. © The Fort Ticonderoga Association. 2023 All Rights Reserved.