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Fort Ticonderoga recognized by alliance

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga has received a Certificate of Commendation from the Upstate History Alliance for the current exhibit "Face of War: Triumph & Tragedy at Ticonderoga, 1758-1759."

The commendation is given yearly to recognize outstanding work in the regional history and museum community. The program compares projects throughout New York State and grades them on their excellence against similar offerings.

Fort Ticonderoga Curators Chris Fox and Mark Turdo attended the ceremony at SUNY-Purchase to receive the award.

"The Face of War" is the first exhibit to be mounted in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center Gallery that opened to the public in July 2008.

Focusing on the French & Indian War the exhibit tells the stories of those involved with the conflict in their own words. Using the material from the fort's own collections as well as others institutions, the exhibit offers quotes from the writings of officers, soldiers, politicians and family members about the struggle. The quotes are part of an extensive mural that follows the members of the French, British, Provincial and Native armies across the four walls of the gallery.

The exhibit is inter-spaced with a video production of re-enactors' portrayal of the Battle of Carillon in 1758, hands-on demonstrations and 18th-century artifacts from the fort's collections.

Highlighting the gallery are four life size and lifelike figures of soldiers from the French and Indian War. The story of each man illustrates the part each would have played in the struggle for the domination in the northeast. The entire exhibit is bilingual in both French and English.

Fort Ticonderoga opens for its 2009 season on May 21. The "Face of War" exhibit will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The 2009 fort schedule is available at www.fort-ticonderoga.org

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