The Ticonderoga Historical Society has been awarded a $5,000 Corridor of Commerce Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. The grant will fund the creation of a website and student writing competition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of steamboat operations in the Champlain Valley and surrounding area.
“With this grant, we will be able to provide an interesting website populated with specific primary source material about steamboating,” noted Historical Society President Bill Dolback. “We are so grateful to be the recipients of the award, as it will offer students and others a fascinating look at the impact of steamboats on our region’s development as a commercial and tourist destination.”
While the specific website content is under development, it will include archival materials that provide students and other viewers with a record of the travels and “life” of steamboats as well as related vessels and operators that interacted with steamboats.
Interactive activities may tell a progressive story of a “steamboat family,” allow students to build a steamboat, or determine weather-related, mathematical and engineering factors related to steamboat construction, operation, docking, loading and unloading.
Founded in 1897 and chartered in 1909, the Ticonderoga Historical Society advances the preservation and interpretation of history through its collections, programs and community outreach. The Historical Society makes area history an integral part of community life by connecting past and present.