Fort Ti to hold community forum

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will reinstate the Annual Community Meeting to go over plans for its 102nd season and to officially introduce Beth Hill, the new executive director.

The meeting will be held at the Community Building on Tuesday, May 18, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Hill will take the helm on May 3.

Hill comes to the Fort from Statesville, N.C., where she has been the director of Fort Dobbs. The site had been closed by the state and essentially abandoned when she was handed the keys. Under her leadership it has become a thriving historical experience with a growing visitation. Fort Dobbs is also a French & Indian War site and Hill has been immersed in all the day-to-day business aspects as well as the educational, interpretive, and fundraising efforts.

"Fort Ticonderoga is America's fort," Hill said. "We are going to make it as authentic, diverse, relevant and engaging as possible to bring the fort back to prominence."

Hill plans to review the current event offerings and to add more interpretive experiences for the public. She sees the potential of year-round programming in the Mars Center and more regular 18th-century events.

A new exhibit will be in place when the fort opens on May 20. Pottery, Pork & Pigeons is in the southeast corner of the Enlisted Men's Barracks and is the culmination of over 16 years' work by volunteer Frank Schlamp, Adjunct Assistant Curator of Archeology, and Chris Fox, Curator of Collection.

Schlamp, who is a retired DEC officer, took on the task of cleaning, cataloguing, and restoring years' worth of pottery shards and other small objects. The exhibit highlights the huge variety of ceramics and utensils used by the soldiers in their daily lives at Fort Ticonderoga. The exhibit also explores what was available to them for food illustrates this with bones from pigs, deer and passenger pigeons.

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