Fort workshops set

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will host the first of its "Materials Matter: It's in the Details Winter Weekend Workshops" on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The workshop, focusing on the French & Indian War era, takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

The workshop is part of a new lecture series which examines the material culture of the 18th century as it relates to Fort Ticonderoga's role in the 18th-century contests for North America.

A second workshop focusing on the Revolutionary War era is scheduled for Feb. 26.

The workshops are designed for those who want a deeper understanding of the everyday objects that help tell the story of life during the 18th century.

The Jan. 22 workshop begins with a presentation by Henry Cooke, an authority on 18th-century clothing. The session highlights military and civilian clothing of the French & Indian War period.

Chris Fox, Fort Ticonderoga's curator of collections, will follow with a discussion of mid 18th-century ceramics and tableware. Fox's presentation is based in part on his work on Fort Ticonderoga's newest exhibition "Pottery, Pork, and Pigeons" that opened during the 2010 season.

Michael Galban and Ian Stout will speak about 18th-century Native American material culture. Galban works at Ganondagan State Historic Site and Stout has worked at Old Fort Niagara, both in western New York.

The day will conclude with an opportunity for workshop participants to examine up-close examples of mid-18th-century artifacts with the panel of experts.

The cost for the day-long workshop is $35 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. For those also registering to attend the February workshop, there is a $10 discount on the combined registration fee. To register, contact Rich Strum at 585-6370 or download a registration form at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org and select "Adult Programs" under the "Education Programs" button.

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