American Revolution seminar slated at Fort Ti

TICONDEROGA The fourth annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution will take place on Sept. 22 and 23.

The two-day seminar will bring authors and scholars from throughout the nation to present papers on their new research on both the military and social aspects of the American Revolution.

The seminar will begin on Saturday with a tour of the Mars Education Center construction project. A special presentation by fort staff called Breakfasting on Chocolate will demonstrate how chocolate was a staple for soldiers during the American Revolution.

Ten speakers will give presentations during the weekend, including talks on the longarms of the British soldiers during the Revolution, Arnolds trek to Quebec, the defense of Bennington in 1777, the history of Washington's Headquarters in Kingston, the Polish soldier Thaddeus Kosciuszko and an in-depth look at life on Arnolds gunboats on Lake Champlain.

Speakers include Erick Tichonuk, underwater archaeologist and Director of Education at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Richard Brooks of the Savannah River Archaeological Program at the University of South Carolina.

One of the hallmarks of the forts multi-day seminars is the chance for attendees to speak informally in a social setting with the scholars and fort staff.

Both days include box lunches with time to meet speakers. Saturday evening features a social hour and dinner.

Following dinner will be a performance by actor Howard Burnham as Lord Cornwallis, the British commander who surrendered the British army at Yorktown, Virginia marking the end of major fighting during the Revolution.

Registration fees for the weekend are $110 for Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and $120 for the general public. Registration deadline is Sept. 1. To become a member of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga, contact Membership Coordinator Annie McCarthy at 585-2121, extension 22.

The seminar is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Call 518-585-2821 for more information.

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