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The Ticonderoga Historical Society is celebrating a memorable year.
The Society was formed in 1897 to bring national awareness to the plight of the ruins of the old fort here in Ticonderoga; and, the need to preserve the ruins and grounds as a national heritage site. Most of our readers know the “rest of that story.” Now we are marking the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the Hancock House, a building that is considerable one of they most important historically significant structures in the Town of Ticonderoga.
As a “cornerstone” of our community, we take our stewardship of this remarkable building very seriously. In 1975 the members of the Ticonderoga Historical Society fought a similar battle as in its formative years to preserve the Hancock House and its contents from a fate that was not what native son Horace Moses, its builder and benefactor, had in mind. Fortunately with the great support of the Ticonderoga community, and others from a much larger geographical area. the society was successful in bring the building back to its original purpose — to “perpetuate American Traditions in History and the Fine Arts” and to be a depository of historical material of the Adirondacks and Lakes Champlain and George region.
Our Vision: The Ticonderoga Historical Society makes area history an integral part of our community life by connecting our region’s past and present in order to shape our future
In honor of this great occasion, we invite you to join us for a birthday gala on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 — an event that will “turn back the calendar” as we celebrate with a Roaring Twenties theme featuring a picnic supper, hot jazz with Hot Box Honey (a big hit last August when they were the featured band for our WWII show) and a costume contest with great cash prizes!
But ~~ we need your help to accomplish our ambitious goals.
This year, we are offering an unprecedented series of expanded exhibits and programs, with an emphasis on Ticonderoga’s special place in significant world events.
From pioneering local aviator Floyd Bennett to how the Adirondack’s aided Ireland’s quest for independence, we’ve offered a broad array of events, including walking tours, free movie nights, programs of interest to everyone. Another highlight will be the Celtic-themed Summer O’Fair on August 13th featuring reenactors, living historians, military demonstrations and a marvelous program of music, spoken word and dance.
The familiar favorites remain as well: President’s Garden Party, Summer A’fair and Festival of Trees are perennial events that everyone anticipates each year.
In addition to new exhibits, we continue to develop our existing resources. Our research library, archives and collection of artifacts remain an important part of our mission and continue to draw researchers to the region. (In the last eighteen months we have invested over $15,000 in archival equipment and supplies) Our commitment to preserving the records of those who have (and are) served our nation continues to grow.
Expanding our offerings is a costly proposition. But our board of trustees are committed to bringing the very best programs and events to everyone.
That is why we ae making this mid-year appeal to our loyal friends and supporters.
We have a $1,000 challenge grant on the table.