Ti Historical Society to mark anniversary

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its New York State Board of Regents Charter with a grand opening of new exhibits on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a Centennial Reception on Sunday, May 24, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Hancock House at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga.

"We have taken advantage of the opportunities presented by the 2009 New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial and are using this theme in many of our undertakings," said June Curtis, a historic society trustee. "You will discover relationships between our exhibits as you meander from one to the other. We celebrate the history, the geology and environmental aspects of Lake Champlain in a Lake Champlain Basin exhibit. Robert Fulton is honored in a 'Fulton and the Steam Engine' display that houses a functioning steam engine. Known for their intellect and spirituality, the Jesuits are commemorated in our 'Early French Missionaries' display depicting a member of the Black Robes."

The musuem also has a replica of an authentic Longhouse, built on the second floor by Wes Dikeman, an Abenaki whose Native American name is Red Hawk.

"Red Hawk will be with us to greet you and speak about Native American life and lore on Sunday during the reception," Curtis said. "Red Hawk will encourage your questions and entertain you with his first-hand knowledge of the history and culture of the Abenaki nation. Your children and grandchildren will be intrigued with his stories so please bring them along."

Adjacent to the Longhouse is an exhibit celebrating Champlain and his influence on the region.

"Since it is widely known that there are no authentic images of Champlain, we have devised our representation of him, dressed in period clothing created by Sharon Lonergan and alongside his astrolabe, crafted by Ben Westbrook," Curtis said. "Champlain was a highly-skilled and multi-faceted individual who is brought to life in this exceptional exhibit.

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