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TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host Roger Fulton at the Hancock House on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

Fulton will present "300 Miles of History, 400 Years Later" as part of the 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial Celebrations.

Author and historian Fulton's visit comes a year after he embarked upon a 300-mile canoe trip from the Corning Preserve in Albany up the Hudson River, through the Champlain Canal System into Lake Champlain and then on to the St. Lawrence and finally to Lake Ontario. Fulton was retracing the routes of those taken during the French and Indian War.

"Many things have changed remarkably over the 400 years since Samuel de Champlain's explorations and discovery of Lake Champlain," said June Curtis of the Ticonderoga Historical Society. "Roger Fulton has developed a presentation that focuses on specific challenges met by Champlain and contrasts how differently these challenges are met in today's modern world. Roger will offer a spontaneous family program, influenced by audience participation that will effect the realization of how difficult life was in the 17th century for Champlain, even with his skills and fortitude."

Fulton will invite discussion on numerous aspects of navigation calling upon his experiences from the Common Man Tour in 2007.

The program is funded in part by a Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Mini-grant. Donations will be accepted and invested in future programming activities at the Hancock House.

Fulton is a retired state trooper, now an author and historian who has written several books for ordinary people on casual hiking, biking and canoeing in New York and Florida. For information go online at www.rogerfulton.com

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