Russell Bellico is a professor emeritus at Westfield State College in Massachusetts and the author of four books with Purple Mountain Press. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. He taught economic history at Westfield State College for 34 years. In addition to Empires at War, Bellico is the author of Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain, Chronicles of Lake Champlain: Journeys in War and Peace, and Chronicles of Lake George: Journeys in War and Peace.
Additional "Author Series" programs will take place Aug. 8, Aug. 15, and Oct. 17. Each program begins at 2 p.m. and is followed by a book signing at 3 p.m. in the Museum Store.
Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit site dedicated to preserving and interpreting the important history in which it played such a vital role. The French & Indian War and the American Revolution are explored with tours, family programs, demonstrations of 18th-century crafts as well as world-class exhibits and collections. The King's Garden is part of the reconstruction history of the Fort and also offers tours and programs. Both are open from 9:30 to 5 daily and are covered by the same admission charge: $15 for adults, $13.50 for those 60 and older, $7 for children from 7 through 12. Children under 6 and residents of Ticonderoga and the surrounding communities; Crown Point, Hague, Putnam, Silver Bay, Orwell and Shoreham, are admitted free of charge. Information on this and all the Fort activities see www.FortTiconderoga.org.