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Fort Ticonderoga to open for season

New exhibits, events on tap

 Fort Ticonderoga will offer new exhibits and programs this season. The fort, site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War, will open for its 103rd season May 18.

Fort Ticonderoga will offer new exhibits and programs this season. The fort, site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War, will open for its 103rd season May 18.

— Fort Ticonderoga boasts a new exhibit, “Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution,” this summer. It showcases nearly 100 weapons from Fort Ticonderoga’s collection, including many never-before-seen recent acquisitions exhibited together to illustrate the diversity of muskets, pistols, swords and related weaponry used in America and at Ticonderoga through the American Revolution.

The “Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America's Great Artists” will continue in 2012. It exhibits 50 of the museum’s most important artworks. Fort Ticonderoga helped give birth to the Hudson River School of American Art with Thomas Cole’s pivotal 1826 work, “Gelyna” or a “View Near Ticonderoga,” the museum’s most important 19th-century masterpiece to be featured in the exhibit.

Several new seminars, workshops and author series will be presented this season.

The fort’s author series begins on June 3 with Eliot A. Cohen, author of “Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War.”

New this year, Fort Ticonderoga will highlight Lake Champlain and Lake George in a “Lakes Conference” Aug. 11-12.

Also new in 2012 will be “Chocolate Covered History: A Spirited Weekend of History, Chocolate and Wine and Spirits” Oct. 12-13.

The King’s Garden, one of North America’s oldest gardens and the largest public garden in the region, will open on June 1 and offer daily tours and garden-related programs. The formal garden — along with the Discovery Gardens, the Garrison Garden, Children’s Garden and Three Sisters Garden — offer opportunities to learn about plants and explore how agriculture on the Fort Ticonderoga peninsula has changed since French troops planted the first gardens in 1756. A new program, “Growing up with Gardening: Sow, Grow & Know!” will be offered in July and August for children ages 3 to 8.

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