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Ti museum to open for season

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum will open for its 20th season this weekend.

A grand opening ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 24.

"Yes, our little museum is 20 years old this year," said Sylvia Boyce, museum president. "It has long been a goal of our museum to create an exhibit that tells the story of the LaChute River and the industries that used its power. This year we realize that goal."

The community's industrial history is on display at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum.

The museum has a new exhibit. Thanks to a National Scenic Byways grant and other funding, the museum board has hired a firm to design a new exhibit using scale models of the industries that operated along the LaChute as well as interactive displays. The models were made by museum board member Denise Huestis.

"In order to prepare for this new exhibit, the board decided to renovate the room designated to house the exhibit," Boyce said. "We raised the ceiling to its old height, removed a wall and put in new wiring, new walls and ceiling. What a difference."

Besides the new exhibit, this summer the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum will again host a series of children's programs.

In celebration of the quadricentennial celebration of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of Lake Champlain, the series will feature activities and crafts done by children of the 17th century.

The children's programs, held every Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. July 8 through Aug. 14, are free.

The museum is located in downtown Ticonderoga on the edge of Bicentennial Park. Commonly called the "1888 Building" the museum is housed in the only remaining structure of the old Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper mill that once sprawled across most of the lower section of the town.

Today the museum hosts an Adirondack gift shop and displays exhibits on the 200-year history of industries that built the town.

It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Columbus Day.

The 1888 Building is an exhibit in itself. It was once headquarters to the International Paper Co. mill that operated along the adjacent LaChute River. When IP moved its mill a few miles north of the hamlet, the building was given to the town. The museum board leases the building. In the past few years the building has received a $100,000 facelift and there are ongoing plans for further improvements.

The museum is handicapped accessible.

For more information call 585-2696.

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