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Trees and Things

A reminder that we have added extra days to this year’s 25th Annual “Festival of Trees,” closing on December 31st at 2 PM

We have received requests from many people who wanted to view the trees, and bring their out-of-town family and quests, during the week between Christmas and New Years.  This will be the last time to have an opportunity to see this year’s presentation of unique trees including the Carillon Garden Club’s dazzling angel tree, complete with life-sized angel wings, an Irish-themed tree, an Adirondack Tree and many more beautiful trees with specialized antique, historic and patriotic themed ornaments.

This week hours are:  December 28th through 30th ~~ 10 AM to 4 PM and our last day of full operation is December 31st ~~ 10 AM to 2 PM.

While viewing these beautiful seasonal presentations remember to visit our “Olde Post Office Book & Gift Shop” where we still have a great selection of local and regional themed items available with some great discounts.

January through mid- May the research library is opened only by appointment as we transition to our new exhibits and programs for 2016.

Just a sample of what we are planning for 2016

  1. “A Terrible Beauty” ~ addresses how Irish-Americans in Ticonderoga, the Adirondack region and New York State provided support to the 1916 fight for Irish independence and subsequent creation of the Irish Free State.  In addition to the exhibit of nearly 100 items relating to Irish freedom, we will feature a series of Irish-themed movies and discussion evening programs. Led by Diane O’Connor.

  2. Summer O-Fair,” ~   a Celtic-style retooling of our traditional Summer A-fair.  Plan to join us for a day-long celebration of music, dance and all things Celtic on the lawn.

  3. From the Adirondacks to the Arctic” ~ examines the life and accomplishments of pioneering local aviator Floyd Bennett, who piloted Admiral Byrd on his historic – and controversial 1926 flight over the North Pole.  Also included in this exhibit is the USS Ticonderoga’s (CVA14) role in space craft recovery.  Presented by William Dolback, President

  4. Herbal History of the Adirondacks” ~ looks at how Native Americans and early white settlers utilized native plants as medicinal preparations and how this has led to a contemporary herbal culture that continues to thrive today.  Program led by Nancy Scarzello, renowned herbalist.

  5. WWII Battle of the North Cape” ~ our continuing military themed exploration into people, places and events after the American Revolution.  Here we present one of the last “big battleship” naval encounters between Great Britain and Germany.  Presented by Robert Lamb, THS Trustee.

  6.  “Happy Birthday Hancock House” ~ join us for a picnic on the lawn – 1920s style, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the Hancock House.

  7. Plus we continue in 2016 with our revised new “Speakers Program.

We are excited about our 2016 schedule, and hope you are too.  If you have an interest in what we are doing here at the Ticonderoga Historical Society and the Hancock House ~ and would like to support one or more of these programs and events, we would like to hear from you. 

Are you a member?  If not, please consider joining — we have several levels available. 

wgd 12/27/15 

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