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Fort Ti preparing for Carillon anniversary

TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga is gearing up for a pair of major anniversaries in 2008. This year marks the 100th year since the forts restoration and also is the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Carillon. Celebrations and commemorations will highlight Fort Ticonderogas 100th year of education and enjoyment for visitors, students and scholars from around the world, said Marci hall, Fort Ti marketing and communications director. Fort Ticonderoga enters its second century recommitted to the research preservation of its rich collections and vital history in the making of America. The opening of the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center in the reconstructed magasin du Roi and the 12 days of events around the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Carillon will make 2008 a momentous year at Fort Ticonderoga, she continued. The reenactment is the Signature Event for 2008 for the 250th anniversary of the French & Indian War Commemoration Commission. The historical significance of the role Fort Ticonderoga played in the shaping of America cant be understated, Hall concluded. Our story includes big names, big events, big fun. Fort Ticonderoga will open for the 2008 season May 10 and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 20. The Kings Garden will open June 1 and will be open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 13. Special events planned this year include: June 24 The boys choir, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, will open the 250th Commemoration events with the premier performance in the Great Room of the Mars Education Center. The choir regularly performs at St. Josephs Oratory in Montreal, Que. June 27 Parade of Arms in the hamlet of Ticonderoga with reenactment of an historic skirmish at the La Chute Falls in the evening. Grand Encampment opens on fort grounds for visitors at 9 a.m. June 28 and 29 Reenactment of the battle of Carillon on the north field. Montgomery lead the largest army ever assembled in North America and was defeated by French and Canadian forces under the Marquis de Montcalm; 3,000 defeating 16,000. It has been designated as the 2008 Signature Event for I Love NY Tourism. New log lines mark the clashing point of up to 1,800 soldiers. Activities will be 4-4 p.m. each day. July 4 Fort Ticonderoga is the site of the first victory of the American Revolution and will host readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day. The town of Ticonderoga will hold its. Best Fourth in the North celebration that day. July 5 Day of Scots. Hundreds of participants from Scottish Clans, modern Black Watch Regiments and International dignitaries join in a parade from the fort to the Scottish Cairn to memorialize the Black Watch soldiers that fell to the French forces. July 6 Dedication of the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. The newly-restored magasin du roi, the Kings warehouse, was blown up by the evacuating French in 1759. This building completes the restoration of the fort to its original 1755 configuration and houses a new exhibit and state-of-the-art educational space July 8 French Victory Day. A parade and celebration at the French Lines of Montcalms Victory in 1758.

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