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Fort Ticonderoga Recognizes Dedicated Volunteers at Special Awards Reception

2023 vol reception winners
Left to right volunteer Tom Meyering Cameron Green Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie VP of Public History volunteer Bob Hanley Tabitha Hubbard Collections Manager volunteer Anne Vido Paula Simons Director Museum Retail Guest Services volunteer Raistlin Blackstone and Margaret Staudter Director of Archaeology at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga recently held its annual Volunteer Reception to thank volunteers and recognize their many hours of effort and dedication. Volunteers help support many areas of operations, augmenting the museum staff’s work including reenactments, gardening, museum collections, event assistance, junior fife & drum, and numerous other activities. In 2023, volunteers gave an impressive 10,000+ hours of service to Fort Ticonderoga.

“Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteers’ Count! Program, engages individuals from diverse backgrounds in a host activities which helps serve Fort Ticonderoga’s mission of preservation and education,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “We are exceedingly grateful to our volunteers for sharing their passion, time, and talent throughout the year. They are all part of our extraordinary team who work tirelessly to serve our audiences, both on-site and on-line through our Center for Digital History.”

The following awards were recently presented at the Annual Volunteer Reception:

Tom Meyering of Crown Point, NY, received the “Winter Warrior” award acknowledging his tireless service at Public History events, fatigue projects, and for sewing his own campaign season uniforms each winter.

Robert “Bob” Hanley of Schuyler Falls, NY, received the “For the Duration of the War” award in recognition of going above and beyond the call of duty at living history events and assisting with daily visitor programs.

Anne Vido of Ticonderoga, NY, was the recipient of the “Book Worm Award” for her vital role in cataloging the long-standing library collection as well as recent donations. Anne has cataloged over 4,000 books, creating access to scholarship for staff and researchers!

Raistlin Blackstone of Crown Point, NY, was the recipient of the “Top Shelf” award acknowledging her relentless pursuit of excellence in the Log House Museum Store! Raistlin is a force, working hard each week to keep the store shelves in tip-top shape.

Ellen Cole of Crown Point, NY, received the “Oxen & Apples” award for making a huge difference in our historic Apple Orchard and with our huge heritage breed oxen, Mick & Mack.

New volunteers are welcome to join our Volunteers Count! Program. Information and application are available at or by calling 518-585-2821. Volunteers who reach 10 hours of service receive free annual admission to Fort Ticonderoga and other special benefits.

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 20 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.