Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” will begin in January and run through April 2017. The lecture series will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. in the Mars Education Center. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door; Fort Ticonderoga Members are admitted free of cost.
“The Fort Fever Series is a wonderful opportunity for Fort Ticonderoga Museum Staff to share their latest research with the public,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “New discoveries found in Fort Ticonderoga’s vast museum collections inform our annual programs. Fort Fever programs give guests the opportunity to have a preview of the content and learn more about Fort Ticonderoga’s history, collections, and upcoming initiatives.”
Fort Fever Series Schedule:
January 8th: “President Taft Comes to Ticonderoga”— In the early months of his term as President of the United States, William Howard Taft came to Fort Ticonderoga on July 6, 1909, as part of the Champlain Tercentenary Celebrations. Rich Strum, Director of Education, explores this only visit to Fort Ticonderoga by a sitting U.S. President.
February 12th: “Vive le Roi! French Regiments at Carillon” — Join Senior Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie, to examine the regiments of French soldiers who built and defended Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. Look beyond their service in the French & Indian War to the broader history of these regiments. How did the defense of Canada fit into these regiments’ fight for France in the 18th century?
March 12th: “Basse Ville: Vernacular Architecture of the Lower Town at Carillon”— Supplying the rising walls of French Fort Carillon was a collection of storehouses, kilns, and ovens, known simply as the “Basse Ville” or Lower Town. Join Assistant Director of Interpretation, Nicholas Spadone, to explore the melding of old world French framing with Canadian materials and practices that characterized the building below the walls of the old French fort.
April 9th: “Gribeauval’s Guns: French Artillery Reforms from Montcalm to Napoleon”— Following the French & Indian War, the French artillery went through the most radical changes in its history. The reforms of General Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval transformed the way French cannon were designed, made, and operated. Join Curator, Matthew Keagle, to learn how the artillery doctrine changed from Montcalm’s sieges to Napoleon’s battles and tour Fort Ticonderoga’s collection of 18th-century French artillery, containing some of the earliest surviving examples of Gribeauval’s cannon.
The “Fort Fever Series” is just one of several programs taking place at Fort Ticonderoga this winter and early spring. Clothing and Accoutrement Workshops are offered December 3 & 4, March 11 & 12, and April 8 & 9. Fort Ticonderoga presents living history events January 21st (1757 Battle on Snowshoes), February 18th (1775 British Garrison at Ticonderoga), and March 25th (Four Divisions formed at Fort Carillon: Rigaud’s Attack of Fort William Henry). The Sixth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 8th. You can learn more about all of these programs by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org. Some programs require advance registration.