Fort Ti to host first in community series

TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga will kick off the Ticonderoga Community Program Series with Remember, Remember the Fifth of November on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7:00pm at the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. Rich Strum, director of interpretation & education at the fort, will give an illustrated presentation on the history of Guy Fawkes Night, marking the anniversary of the Gun Powder Plot on Nov. 5, 1605. Strums talk will provide an overview of the original plot in 1605 and how the celebration of Guy Fawkes Night has evolved over the past 400 years. During the 18th century at forts like Ticonderoga and Crown Point, both British and New England troops observed Guy Fawkes Night with modest celebrations. In America, Guy Fawkes Night was primarily a New England holiday that phased out shortly after the American Revolution. Today, Guy Fawkes Night continues to be celebrated in Great Britain, much like a combination of Halloween and Independence Day in the United States, with fireworks, bonfires, and children going door to door begging for a penny for the Guy. This program is free and made possible, in part, by a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund. The Ticonderoga Community Program Series is a joint program of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum and Ticonderoga Historical Society. Additional programs in the series get under way in January.

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