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Ticonderoga lakes conference receives grant

Inaugural event Aug. 11 and 12

Fort Ticonderoga recently received a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation supporting the first conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, which the fort will host on Aug. 11 and 12.

Fort Ticonderoga recently received a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation supporting the first conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, which the fort will host on Aug. 11 and 12.

Fort Ticonderoga recently received a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation supporting the first conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, which the fort will host on Aug. 11 and 12.

The grant will help launch the new conference exploring the history, geography, culture, ecology and current issues related to the Lake George and Lake Champlain region.

The conference will include 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 the two 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 also received programming support from the Lake George Association for the conference.

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.

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