Fort Ticonderoga is pleased to announce that Jason McGarry, a teacher at H.H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, Connecticut, and Alexander Lee, a teacher at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont, have been awarded scholarships to attend the Fifth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” seminar at Fort Ticonderoga to be held November 7 & 8, 2015. Since 2001, Fort Ticonderoga has provided scholarships for 121 teachers from across the country to attend its seminars and conferences.
Registration is still open for members of the general public to participate. At Material Matters, a panel of material culture experts comes to Fort Ticonderoga for the weekend to share their knowledge of 18th-century material culture in a series of presentations. Designed for those who want a deeper understanding of the everyday objects that help tell the story of life and the contests for control of North America during the 18th century, the weekend’s informal approach enables attendees to interact with presenters and provides an opportunity to examine 18th-century objects up close.
Seminar topics also include: “A Revolution in Wood: The Buckets, Boxes, and Canteens of Hingham, Massachusetts” by Derin Bray; “18th-Century Military Use of Tinware” by Steve Delisle; “American-Made Bayonets during the War for Independence” by Derek Heidemann; and “George Washington’s Disappearing Ribbon and Memory of the American Revolution” by Phil Mead.
Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections Matthew Keagle will also give a presentation on “The Clothing of Conflict: Military Dress at Fort Ticonderoga,” as will Artificer Tailor Gibb Zea on “Clothing Rogers Rangers.”
There’s still time for members of the general public to register to attend “Material Matters.” The cost is $145; Members of Fort Ticonderoga receive a discount on registration. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu and then clicking on “Material Matters: It’s in the Details.” A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at (518) 585-6370.