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Ti Historical Society to offer 'summer drive'

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Historical Society will present "Reflections of Our Past," moderated by Bill Dolback on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Community Building.

This is a fundraiser for the society to support continuing historical and cultural programming. Suggested donation is $5.

This year's theme centers around and old-fashioned Sunday afternoon drive through history starting in Ticonderoga, beginning at the Community Building and meandering north highlighting the old stores of Streetroad, passing the Champlain Valley Speedway, the spar mines and ore beds, then traveling along Main Street in Crown Point village toward the final destination, the picnic grounds of the old Crown Point Reservation. The Crown Point Trading Post, the ruins of the British and French forts, the Keeper's House at the Lighthouse will all be visited.

Dolback will show, for the first time, earlier views of the ruins before they were stabilized and restored. He will celebrate the (Crown Point) Lake Champlain Bridge with old postcards and photos depicting the original roadway and bridge construction in the 1920s.

"Little did we know in 2009 as we celebrated the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's explorations, honoring Champlain and the lake he named for himself, rededicating the Rodin sculpture on the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse and placing Puzzle Pallooza puzzle pieces from New York on our side and from Vermont on the other side, connecting the pieces at the top of the Champlain Bridge (Guinness Book record) that we were soon to experience an historical event so significant that it would result in the beautiful Champlain Bridge becoming part of our history past," said June Curtis of the historical society.

"As always, Bill encourages audience participation which promises to add spirit and humor," she said. "Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to this presentation for an evening of fun and nostalgia."

For additional information contact the Ticonderoga Historical Society at tihistory@verizon.net or 585-7868.

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