Fort Ticonderoga Receives Grant Funding for New Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain
08/30/2012

The South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation has awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to support its first Conference on Lake Champlain and Lake George to be held on August 11 & 12, 2012.

Online PR News – 30-August-2012 – Ticonderoga – The South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation has awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to support its first Conference on Lake Champlain and Lake George to be held on August 11 & 12, 2012.

“This new conference explores the history, geography, culture, ecology, and current issues related to the Lake George and Lake Champlain region,” according to Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education. “This unique conference includes sessions exploring the 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century history of Lake George-Lake Champlain region, examining the works of 19th- and 20th-century photographers, and detailing current issues of concern related to the ecological well-being of these two important lakes.”

Programs include a history strand looking at the 1758 “Sunken Fleet” in Lake George by noted underwater archaeologist Joseph Zarzynski and the Steamer Ticonderoga that sailed on Lake Champlain from 1906-1953 by Curator Chip Stulen from Shelburne Museum.

Chapman Museum Director Timothy Weidner will discuss the works of Seneca Ray Stoddard related to Lake Champlain while photographer Mark Bowie talks about the photographic works of his grandfather Richard Dean of Dean Color.

SUNY Plattsburgh geologist David Franzi will talk about how the glaciers of the last ice age formed today’s Lake Champlain Basin. Meg Modley, from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, provides an update on the current battle against invasive species in both lakes, and Emily DeBolt from the Lake George Association, talks about lake-friendly landscaping techniques.

“Fort Ticonderoga has been an active leader in land protection for nearly two centuries and continues its commitment to environmental stewardship today,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s Executive Director. The Fort Ticonderoga learning campus encompasses 2,495 acres in the southern Lake Champlain Basin of New York and Vermont. The protected historic areas include the Fort, Carillon Battlefield, the King’s Garden, Mount Defiance, Mount Hope, and Mount Independence. Including nearly two miles of shoreline, wetlands, forests, and agricultural lands, Fort Ticonderoga protects and interprets one of the most significant landscapes in America.

Registration for the Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain is now open. You can learn more about the conference by downloading a conference brochure from the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org. Select “Explore and Learn” and then “Life Long Learning” to find information on the First Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain. You can also receive a printed version by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at Fort Ticonderoga, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 518-585-6370. Additional programming support for the First Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain is provided by the Lake George Association.

FORT TICONDEROGA
America’s Fort
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a private 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 18 through October 18. The 2012 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution which highlights over 150 of the museum’s most important weapons and is a comprehensive and expanded reinterpretation of its world renowned historic arms collection! Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

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