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Lakes focus of first-ever conference in Ticonderoga

Fort Ti to host event Aug. 11 and 12

Fort Ticonderoga will host the first-ever joint conference on Lake Champlain and Lake George. The conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Fort Ticonderoga will host the first-ever joint conference on Lake Champlain and Lake George. The conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Fort Ticonderoga will host the first-ever joint conference on Lake Champlain and Lake George.

The conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

“This new conference explores the history, geography, culture, ecology and current issues related to the Lake George and Lake Champlain region,” according to Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s director of education. “This unique conference includes sessions exploring the 18th, 19th and 20th-century history of Lake George-Lake Champlain region, examining the works of 19th- and 20th-century photographers and detailing current issues of concern related to the ecological well-being of these two important lakes.”

Programs include a history strand looking at the 1758 “Sunken Fleet” in Lake George by underwater archaeologist Joseph Zarzynski and the Steamer Ticonderoga that sailed on Lake Champlain from 1906-1953 by Curator Chip Stulen from Shelburne Museum.

Chapman Museum Director Timothy Weidner will discuss the works of Seneca Ray Stoddard related to Lake Champlain while photographer Mark Bowie talks about the photographic works of his grandfather Richard Dean of Dean Color.

SUNY-Plattsburgh geologist David Franzi will talk about how the glaciers of the last ice age formed today’s Lake Champlain Basin.

Meg Modley, from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, will provide an update on the current battle against invasive species in both lakes.

Emily DeBolt, from the Lake George Association, will talk about lake-friendly landscaping techniques.

“Fort Ticonderoga has been an active leader in land protection for nearly two centuries and continues its commitment to environmental stewardship today,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director.

The South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation has awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to support the conference.

Additional programming support for the conference is provided by the Lake George Association.

Registration for the conference is now open. People can learn more about the conference by downloading a conference brochure from the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org. People can also receive a printed version by contacting Rich Strum, director of education at Fort Ticonderoga, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 585-6370.

The Fort Ticonderoga campus encompasses 2,495 acres. Hill pointed out. The protected historic areas include the fort, Carillon Battlefield, the King’s Garden, Mount Defiance, Mount Hope and Mount Independence.

“Including nearly two miles of shoreline, wetlands, forests and agricultural lands, Fort Ticonderoga protects and interprets one of the most significant landscapes in America,” Hill said.

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