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Seminar: War College

  • When: Sunday, May 19, 2013, time TBA
  • Where: Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga
  • Cost: $120 - $145
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Categories: Class

TICONDEROGA — Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s 18th annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 17-19, 2013.
The seminar focuses on the French & Indian War in North America (1754-1763), bringing together a panel of historians from around the country. The War College takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. It is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
“Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become one of the premier seminars on the French & Indian War in the United States. It features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the French & Indian War,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO.
Speakers will include: Richard Berleth, author, on the campaign at Fort Stanwix in 1758; Brady J. Crytzer, author, on the role of Fort Pitt; Jonathan Dull, Yale University, on the European battles of Leuthen and Kloster Kamp and their impact on the war in America; Jon Parmenter, Cornell University, on the role of Native allies on both sides during the siege of Fort Niagara in 1759; Tim Todish and Todd Harburn, authors, on the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-64; and Steven Wapen, independent historian, on an incident during the siege of Fort Oswego in 1756.
Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, Chris Fox, will give a presentation “By the wound above said I can’t write my name: Personal Stories from the Battle of Carillon, July 8, 1758.” In the presentation, Fox will use petitions filed by several provincial soldiers after their involvement in the Battle of Carillon to examine how the experience of battle affected these men physically and how their service at Ticonderoga had a lasting impact on them and the lives of their families.
In addition, Fort Ticonderoga’s Interpretation Department will give two presentations. Stuart Lilie, director of interpretation, in “From Languedoc to Carillon, 1755,” will describe the research and construction techniques used to recreate the uniforms and equipment of the French regular soldiers fighting on the North American frontier. In “Split Peas, Salt Pork, and the North Woods,” Cameron Green, military programs supervisor, will discuss the ration, cookware, and camp kitchen details of French soldiers in the field.
Registration for the War College is now open at $145 ($120 for those registering by March 15). Additional discounts available for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from the fort’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting the fort at 585-2821.

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