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Native American storyteller to visit

TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga will host Mohawk storyteller Darren Bonaparte in a program for audiences of all ages in the new Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. The program, intended for families and the general public, is part of the Ticonderoga Community Program Series. Bonaparte is a writer, historian and storyteller from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. He is the author of Creation & Confederation: The Living History of the Iroquois, and the creator of The Wampum Chronicles website. Bonaparte will present a cultural history of the Iroquois using his collection of wampum belt reproductions, artifacts and period clothing. The program is free and made possible, in part, by a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund. The next program in the Ticonderoga Community Program Series will be a presentation by author Bill Gates on Lake George Boats and Steamboats at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Bill Gates will talk about the history of boats on Lake George, including the history of steamboating on the lake. Gates is the author of several books on local and regional history, and works for the Lake George Steamboat Company. The Ticonderoga Community Program Series is a joint program of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum and Ticonderoga Historical Society.

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