TICONDEROGA - History, literature and art came together for a presentation at Ticonderoga Elementary School recently.
Author Ann (Rich) Duncan, the Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Arts and the school Parent-Teacher Organization joined to bring Johnny Vic to fourth grade students.
Johnny Vic is the main character in a series of books by Duncan, a 1969 Ticonderoga High School graduate.
With his magical metal detector, Johnny Vic is able to travel back through time to meet the last person who touched the object he scans with it. In doing so, he meets important people of history and witnesses amazing historical events.
"Ann believes that a knowledge of history can help youngsters to understand themselves and the world around them; and story telling is an effective way to convey historical and other curriculum-based information, in and entertaining way that is easy for children to remember," said Kerry Fingland, an art teacher at Ti Elementary School. "Ann's Travel With Johnny Vic series is a great way for kids to connect to their own local history in a way that is compelling and exciting."
Duncan read passages from the books, explaining why she wrote the stories and how she became a writer.
"The students had the unique opportunity to meet this published author in person and ask her questions," said June Curtis of the Ticonderoga Historical Society. "Ann encouraged the students to be curious and follow their personal interests to uncover what they love to do."
Duncan's book Johnny Vic's Nautical Adventures has been endorsed by the director of the Teaching American History Program at Castleton State College. She is an approved "visiting author" in the New York State BOCES program. She is also a board member of the Horace Greeley Foundation.
"I really enjoyed meeting the children in Ticonderoga," Duncan said. "They were interested and receptive. It was a great day."