Fort Ticonderoga recently held a leather breeches construction workshop, led by Joel Anderson, Fort Ticonderoga’s historic trades program supervisor. The program was open to re-enactors to learn how to make leather breeches which were very common in the 18th century.
Fort Ticonderoga hosts its eighth annual Seminar on the American Revolution Sept. 23-25.
The annual seminar focuses on the political, social and military history of Revolutionary America, bringing together a panel of historians from around the country. The Seminar is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
Begun in 2004, the Seminar on the American Revolution features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to America’s War for Independence. Speakers include:
— Richard Archer, Whittier College, on pre-war Boston;
— Larry Babits, from East Carolina University, on the mythology surrounding the Battle of Guilford Courthouse;
— John Fea, Messiah College, on religion and the Founding Fathers;
— Chris Fox, Curator of Collections at Fort Ticonderoga, on “The Art of War” exhibition at the fort;
— John A Nagy, St. Francis University, on espionage during the American Revolution;
— James L. Nelson, author of “With Fire and Sword,” on the Battle of Bunker Hill;
— George C. Neumann, author and collector, on George Rogers Clark’s Western Campaign;
— John F. Tobin, attorney, on the Boston Massacre Trials; and
— Andrew Wehrman, Marietta College, on the debate over inoculating for small pox in the Continental Army.
Saturday evening features a one-man performance by actor Howard Burnham, portraying the Marquis de Lafayette during his 1825 visit to America. During the performance, Lafayette reflects on his experiences during the American Revolution. Burnham is an English writer and performer of Revolutionary War characterizations of Burgoyne, Cornwallis, Tarleton, Gates and others.
Additional information about the seminar is available on the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org or by calling 585-6370.