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Fort Ticonderoga to host weapons program

Feb. 12 event

English turn-off barrel pistol by London Gun Maker John Easterby, 1724-1731. From the Grafton H. and Barbara W. Cook Collection, Fort Ticonderoga Museum. Chris Fox, curator of collections at Fort Ticonderoga, will talk about this and other weapons in the fort’s collection at the “Fort Fever Series” program at the fort on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

English turn-off barrel pistol by London Gun Maker John Easterby, 1724-1731. From the Grafton H. and Barbara W. Cook Collection, Fort Ticonderoga Museum. Chris Fox, curator of collections at Fort Ticonderoga, will talk about this and other weapons in the fort’s collection at the “Fort Fever Series” program at the fort on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

Fort Ticonderoga’s new winter series of programs will continue on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. with “The Roar of Musketry and Cracking of Rifles: An Introduction to Weapons of the 18th Century” presented by Curator of Collections Chris Fox.

The cost is $10 a person and will be collected at the door. It is free for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga.

The program takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the program.

Fox will examine a variety of 18th-century muskets, pistols and swords used by the French, British and American armies during the French & Indian War and American Revolution. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to handle these rare objects and gain an appreciation of their beauty and practical functionality that can only be realized by the physical handling of these weapons.

Additional Fort Fever Series programs are scheduled for March 25 and April 22. The Fort Fever Series is one of several new education initiatives in 2012. For information go to the fort’s website at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org or phone 585-2821.

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