Traveling exhibit to visit Ti

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga will play host to a special traveling exhibit that focuses on the Northern Forests.

The Way of the Woods will spend the first part of July in Upstate New York, showcasing the relationship of local people and the forest land.

The exhibit arrives on a large truck-trailer, and opens up to let visitors explore the exhibit. The interior space of Ways of the Woods has been transformed from a 53-foot truck trailer into a museum-quality exhibit. Floor-to-ceiling photographs, displays and several interactive elements engage and educate visitors.

The exhibit will visit the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum on July 4, during Tis Best Fourth in the North celebration.

Rings of Time combines photos and film with traditional music and spoken word, all projected onto the cross-section of giant white pine tree several feet in diameter. Visitors activate video clips through infra-red technology.

Flat-screen video stations play profiles of people who live, work and play in the Northern Forest, and exhibit cases display items handmade in the region using native Northern Forest products.

Local community groups and schools created some of the slide shows and videos viewable on the video stations.

A canopy extending from the trucks exterior shelters exhibits that explore themes in Northern Forest history, including industry, adventure, conservation and recreation. Each display also includes materials created by Northern Forest student and community groups.

Visitors will see a loggers spiked boots, vintage ski boots and 3,000-year-old stone tools; exhibits tailored for elementary school-aged children that provide hands-on fun and local artists and craftspeople performing music and demonstrating traditional handcrafts.

After touring Ways of the Woods, visitors young and old can share their thoughts and opinions about the future of the Northern Forest by posting their comments on the comment board.

The exhibit is presented by the Northern Forest Center of Bangor, Maine. The Northern Forest spans 30 million acres in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

For more information on the exhibit, log online to northernforest.org .

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