Ticonderoga As Ticonderoga residents look forward to the community’s 250th anniversary, they’ll calling on history to help finance a sestercentennial celebration.
The First 250 Year Committee is selling 2013 historical calendars. Proceeds from the sale will help pay for the group’s “signature event” during the 2014 celebration.
“We’re still working on our signature event,” said Bob Dedrick, committee member. “We know it’ll involve a parade and fireworks, but we’re still working on the other details. We want it to be a really special event.”
Ticonderoga was first settled in 1764 when King George III divided 6,000 acres of land around Fort Ticonderoga among three officers at the fortess. John Stoughton was the first to settle in Ti. His land grant is dated July 24, 1764.
The committee, co-sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society and the Ti Heritage Museum, has produced the calendar that looks at a particular part of local history each month from November 2012 through December 2013.
November 2012, for example, has photos and information on Ticonderoga’s military service. Highlighted is Ti resident Lester Hack, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his Civil War service April 2, 1865.
December 2012 is a look back at community holidays with photos by famed local photographer Mason Smith. January 2013 looks at winter sports, February civic groups, March fire companies, April churches, May Fort Ticonderoga, June education, July celebrations, August lake transportation, September industry, October entertainment, November health care and December sports.
Steve Boyce and Rich Strum compiled the photos and historical footnotes for the calendar, Dedrick said.
The calendars, priced at $10 each, are on sale at the Hancock House, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Rathbun’s Jewelry and the Burleigh Luncheonette. Anyone wishing to buy a calendar can call Dedrick at 585-7408.
Calendars are also available from Ticonderoga Middle School students, who are selling them as a fund raising project to help support their annual whale watch trip. Students will get $2 for each calendar sold.
The money, while welcome, is not the reason students are participating, explained teacher Kyle Lang.
“It’s really a community service project,” Lang said. “The money is great, but we want our students involved in the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an important celebration.”
Students who sell the most calendars will be eligible for prizes. The top seller will get a Kindle Fire. The second best salesperson will receive a $100 gift card donated by Wal-Mart and the third a $50 gift card donated by Dunkin Donuts.