Heritage Museum plans new exhibit

Dinner to aid project March 19

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum.

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum.

— A new exhibit highlighting the significance of the LaChute River is planned at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum this year.

“The Impact of the River” will provide a glimpse at the businesses that grew and flourished along the river that winds through downtown Ti.

“The exhibit will tell the story of the 100-year period that was essentially the golden age of Ticonderoga when thriving lumber camps spawned a world of merchants and falling water powered mills from grist to graphite,” said June Curtis, museum spokeswoman.

To help fund the exhibit there will be a benefit dinner Tuesday, March 19, 4:30-8 p.m. at Eddie’s Restaurant. The menu will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, coffee and dessert tickets. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. For information call Sylvia Boyce at 585-7735.

The museum is also seeking grant funding for the project.

“The plan is to re-purpose the blue room, creating an exhibit with a theme that more closely aligns to the mission of celebrating the industrial history of Ticonderoga,” Curtis explained. “Denise Huestis, author, artist and trustee, has created 38 professionally-mastered scale models of the area’s early industries. Eight of these replicas are incorporated into permanent exhibits representing the three largest industries in the town’s early history — papermaking, waterpower and graphite mining.”

Those models will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit.

“I can envision the remaining models in a time-line together with a storyline arranged along the four walls,” Huestis said. “Placing old photographs of the factories and related artifacts would surely add to the interest.”

The museum has applied for a Museumwise GETSET! grant for professional and technical support to design this exhibit.

“We seek a skilled professional partner who can work with our vision, the models and the space to interpret our dream into the exhibit’s reality,” Curtis said.

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