(Ticonderoga, NY) Fort Ticonderoga announces the line-up for its Fort Fever Series running January through April. These programs are offered once a month by Fort Ticonderoga staff and take place on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. Programs cost $10 each payable at the door and are free for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga.
On January 13, Curator of Collections Chris Fox gives a presentation on "The Realities of War." Using petitions filed by Massachusetts Provincials following their service in the French & Indian War, Fox will talk about the experiences of those soldiers during the 1758 campaign against French-held Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga).
On February 10, Curator of Landscape Heidi Karkoski leads an "Exploration on Snow Shoes: A Timeline of Trees on the Pavilion Landscape." Karkoski will lead a tour of the Pavilion grounds pointing out the ornamental tree species, the age of the trees, and how they were incorporated into the landscape design over the past 150 years. Participants will need to provide their own snowshoes.
On March 17, Director of Education Rich Strum will give a presentation on "Evacuation Day 1776." Even though it's St. Patrick's Day, March 17 continues to be celebrated in Boston as Evacuation Day. Strum talks about the British occupation of Boston in 1775 & 1776 and the eventual departure of the British troops on March 17, 1776.
On April 21, Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie leads a tour "Very Well Prepared for the British Army." Lilie leads a walking tour of some of the many redoubts, redans, and entrenchments built to fortify Ticonderoga in 1776.
The Fort Fever Series is one of several education programs open to the general public through the winter and early spring months of 2013. You can learn more about these programs, including the Material Matters Seminar, the clothing and accoutrement workshops, and the Garden & Landscape Symposium by visiting the Fort's website at www.FortTiconderoga.org and selecting the "Explore and Learn" button.
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century. Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
Photo: Participants in last year's Fort Fever Series program "Winter Landscape Snowshoe Trek" identify trees with Curator of Landscape Heidi Karkoski. This year's Fort Fever Series programs are scheduled for January 13, February 10, March 17, and April 21.