Ticonderoga Heritage Museum receives recognition

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum has been recognized for its contributions to the community.

The museum has received the Lakes to Locks Annual Partnership Award for inter-municipal cooperation and stewardship of natural and historic resources.

"Over the past eight years we have seen the Ticonderoga heritage Museum transform into a strong organization and a tremendous community museum," said George Hodgson of Lakes to Locks. "They are currently completing an outstanding exhibit on water power and are prepared to serve as a Lakes to Locks Passage Heritage Center, greeting visitors to Ticonderoga."

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 celebration of the quadricentennial celebration of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of Lake Champlain, the 2009 series featured activities and crafts done by children of the 17th century.

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.

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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