Fort Ticonderoga Winter Lecture Series 2013 Dates

Once a month the staff of Fort Ticonderoga will lead the “Fort Fever Series” through April 2013. 
When: Sundays  at 2:00. 
Where: Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga
Admission: $10 per person payable at the door; (members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga are free). Programs are scheduled for January 13, February 10, March 17, and April 21

"The Realities of War"

Christopher Fox, Curator of Collections

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Using petitions filed by Massachusetts Provincials following their service in the French & Indian War, Chris Fox talks about the experiences of those soldiers during the 1758 campaign against French-held Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga).

"Exploration on Snow Shoes: A Timeline of Trees on the Pavilion Landscape"

Heidi Karkoski, Curator of Landscape

Sunday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.

Tour the Pavilion grounds on a winter's afternoon and learn about the ornamental tree species, the age of the trees, and how they were incorporated into the landscape design over the past 150 years.

"Evacuation Day 1776"

Rich Strum, Director of Education

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m.

Even though it's St. Patrick's Day, March 17th continues to be celebrated in Boston as Evacuation Day. Rich Strum talks about the British occupation of Boston in 1775 & 1776 and the eventual departure of the British troops on March 17, 1776.

"Very Well Prepared for the British Army"

Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation

Sunday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.

Take a walking tour with Stuart Lilie of some of the many redoubts, redans, and entrenchments built to fortify Ticonderoga in 1776.

The Historic Trade Workshops are longer more detailed workshops. Price varies with each workshop

Historic Trades Workshops in 2013

Learn about historically accurate clothing and accouterments from Fort Ticonderoga's Historic Trades Workshops. Headed by staff and guest experts, these detailed sessions cover all sorts of details from patterns, basic sewing to historically accurate stitching. There is also opportunity to view and discuss original artifacts from Fort Ticonderoga's own collections. 
  • January 19– 20, 2013
    Basic Sewing Skills and Breeches Construction
    Learn basic hand sewing skills as applied to stout woolen breeches. Learn about backstitching, gathering, buttonholes, and a variety of button styles as you construct a pair of breeches for yourself. British and French military breeches as well as civilian breeches are available. Breeches kit included; Cost $162. 
    January 26 & 27, 2013
    Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Third Annual "Material Matters: It's in the Details" Seminar January 26 & 27, 2013. This weekend seminar focuses on the objects of history and what they can tell us about the 18th-century experience.

     The informal setting promotes interactions between presenters and attendees through the weekend. Participation is limited and is by pre-registration only. Those registering by December 14th save $25 on the cost of registration.

    Speakers include:
    • Joel Anderson"Concerning the Distribution of Supplies": The Southern Army Uniform form 1780-81.
    • Chris Fox18th-Century Gunshot Wounds and Their Treatments.
    • Rick KerschnerCaring for Your Antiques and Heirlooms.
    • Stuart Lilie"A good saddle well-fixed": The saddlery of American Light Dragoons in the Revolution.
    • Shaun PekarFlame Stitch, Irish Stitch, and Bargello: Decorative Embroidery in 18th-Century America.
    • Eric Schnitzer"The Men's hatts to be cut into caps after a pattern which will be given": British Army Head Coverings, Province of Quebec, 1777.

    Registration is now open, so don't miss your opportunity to spend a weekend at Fort Ticonderoga immersed in the the material culture of the 18th century. You can learn more and download a seminar flyer here.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Third Annual "Material Matters: It's in the Details" Seminar in January!
    February 9– 10, 2013
    Leggers, Indian Stockings, Mitasse, Moccasins, Indian Sock, and Souliers Savage
    In this two day workshop, learn about native footwear and legwear as adopted by French and English military forces in the French & Indian War. The first day will focus on building buckskin Mocassins in the vamp style adopted for winter wear with snowshoes by French, British, and colonial soldiers alike. The second day participants in the workshop will build either French style mitasse native styled leggings, or the British army’s version described as Leggers in the diary of Captain Knox in 1758. Moccasins and Leggings kits included; Cost $140.
  • March 16-17, 2013
    1750’s Provincial Coat Workshop
    Learn the finer points of constructing Provincial Regimental coats from the French & Indian War. Explore original portraits to examine the interpretation of Provincial uniform details. Build your own provincial coat in time for the summer Montcalm’s Cross battle reenactment at Fort Ticonderoga!   Workshop cost, including coat kits (excluding buttons) $200.
  • April 6-7, 2013
    Military Trousers or Overalls Workshop
    In this two day workshop learn about the construction techniques and fitting of the military trousers used in General Burgoyne’s army and the overall trousers issued to many soldiers in the Continental Army Northern Department. Build your own pair of overalls to portray the epic 1777 Northern Campaign. Cost $140.

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™


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