Great Wars: Ticonderoga and World War I

This powerful new exhibit displays Ticonderoga’s deep connections with the First World War. The Great War deeply affected Ticonderoga, a museum barely a decade old when the war began in 1914. When the US entered the war, the co-founder of the museum, Stephen Pell, traveled to France where he served as an ambulance driver in major campaigns in 1917 and 1918. While there, Stephen was wounded in action near the end of the war. His family, including his wife Sarah Pell and his two children, kept things together on the home front avoiding German shells, but battling the implications of a conflict whose effects were felt across the globe.

The First World War reshaped the scale and repercussions of warfare in the early 20th century. Similarly, the Seven Years War forever altered the face of imperial warfare and its implications in the 18th century, not only leading towards the creation of the United States, but giving birth to Ticonderoga itself.

This new exhibit explores the lives of the Pell family and Ticonderoga from 1914-1919, as well as the important links between the Seven Years War and World War I, featuring paintings, photographs, weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts, many newly restored or uncovered and on display for the first time.

Ticonderoga’s Curator Matthew Keagle spoke with the popular Great War Channel recently on the service of American Ambulance Volunteers and the many surprising connections between the 18th century and 20th Century. Listen Here: