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Fort Ti making changes

TICONDEROGA-There will be major changes at Fort Ticonderoga this season. A major new exhibit, changing programs and a historic corn maze will highlight 2011 at "America's Fort."

"There's so much energy in the air; this is will be an exciting year for the fort," said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director. "We want people to be a part of this wonderful legacy. This is 'America's Fort.' We want everyone to visit."

Fort Ticonderoga will unveil its newest exhibit, "The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced Through the Eyes of America's Great Artists," when its opens May 20. The exhibit will showcase 50 works from the fort's extensive art collection for the first time, presenting a visual history of Fort Ticonderoga.

"Jefferson, Madison and many other important Americans have visited Fort Ticonderoga," Hill said. "The famous and the less-famous have come here to be inspired. Other historic sites may great significance, but you'll be hard pressed to find a place of such historical significance surrounded by such natural beauty.

"The Art of War exhibit supports Fort Ticonderoga's continuing mission - to ensure that the past, present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices and victories that shaped the nations of North America and forever changed the history of the world," she said.

The exhibit will tell the history of the site from its development by the French army in 1755 through the beginning of its reconstruction as a museum and restored historic site in the early 20th century.

Fort Ticonderoga will also have a new director of interpretation this season, who will oversee evolving programs throughout the summer.

Stuart Lilie, who has worked at Colonial Williamsburg, will be responsible for the development and implementation of Fort Ticonderoga's interpretive department.

"Stuart Lilie arrives at the fort with tremendous vision and enthusiasm for the fort's future," Hill said. "He is extremely competent as a leader in the profession and has a clear commitment to the high quality historic interpretation required for the fort to attain its vision to be the premier military historic site and museum in North America."

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