Ticonderoga Quarter Millennial
Ticonderoga will be celebrating the 250th Anniversary of its settlement or its Quarter Millennial in 2014!
Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years
Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years Committee, co-sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society and the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum has been formed to lead the Community in commemorating three historic anniversaries:
- 250 Years- Settlement of Ticonderoga (1764-2014)
- 150 Years- Civil War (1861-1865)
- 200 Years- Lake Champlain Battle of Plattsburgh 1814 (War of 1812)
At the end of the French and Indian War, King George III divided 6,000 acres of land around Fort Ticonderoga equally among three lieutenants. John Stoughton was the only one to actually settle on his property. It is this land grant, dated July 24, 1764 that marks the beginning of Ticonderoga’s first 250 years.
Vision and Mission
Our Vision is for every individual, family, teacher, student, organization, association, club, business, church, etc. to delight in preserving, sharing and celebrating our common past.
Our Mission is to encourage enthusiasm and excitement, motivating every person to participate in sharing stories depicting the first 250 years. Stories can be told through photographs, journals, artifacts, artwork, oral histories and video and can be provided on paper or formatted digitally.
History, economics, commerce, transportation, culture, environment, art, industry, agriculture, military, Lake George, Lake Champlain, La Chute River, science, education, family are all subjects to be considered.
Everyday Happenings & Untold Stories
It is important that we remember the events and the numerous experiences of the first 250 years in Ticonderoga.
These everyday happenings have consumed our energies, inspired our passions, shaped our lives and determined our futures!
These are the stories that must be told! Rural Farming, Prohibition Days, the Indian Pageant, Graphite Mines, Rogers Rock Hotel, Penstock, the many fires that ravaged the town, playing hooky from class to ice skate on Lake Champlain, etc. can all be subjects of amazing untold stories, all of which can be interpreted into oral history projects, journals, documentaries and plays.
Steve Hartman (CBS) says “Everybody has a story.” His reports, viewed collectively, represent a vivid first-person mosaic of real-life America.
What an opportunity we have here in Ticonderoga to tell our own stories, share our experiences and create a lasting legacy for the next 250 years.