Ti Heritage Museum gets new exhibit

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum has a new - and big - exhibit.

A turbine from a hydro electric plant has been placed outside the museum at the entrance to Bicentennial Park.

"This is a way to get people's attention," said Virginia Westbrook of the Essex County Historical Society, who secured the turbine for the Ti museum. "The hope is people see it and realize they can come inside and learn about water power and the history of Ticonderoga.

Westbrook explained the turbine wouldn't fit inside the museum, so it was decided to place it in the adjacent parking lot.

"It's an industrial-strength sculpture," she said. "We're trying to tell the industrial history of Ti in an (former) office building. This just didn't fit."

The new exhibit fits with the community's downtown development plan, Westbrook said, which calls for more visual attractions.

The turbine - and a governor that is inside the museum - were both secured from a hydro elect plant in Wadhams. While not authentic to Ticonderoga, Westbrook said both pieces are identical to equipment used in the community's industrial past.

"The New York State Museum (in Albany) was actually interested in collecting these," WEstbrook said. "We're fortunate to have them in Ti."

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

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

In 2010 the program will use the theme "Reclaiming the River" and feature projects to keep waterways clean and healthy.

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.

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