Ticonderoga Middle School students will again sell 2014 historic calendars to assist the town’s First 250 Years Committee. Pictured are students John Wright, Karyssa Alkinburgh, Hannah Riper and Jack Grinnell along with committee members June Curtis, Bill Dolback, Rich Strum and Bob Dedrick with teacher Kyle Lang.
As Ticonderoga residents look forward to the community’s 250th anniversary, they’re calling on history to help finance the celebration.
The First 250 Years Committee is selling 2014 historical calendars. Proceeds from the sale will help pay for the group’s “signature event” during the 2014 celebration.
That event will be July 19-27 and will include a historical re-enactment at Fort Ticonderoga, lectures, slide shows, a street dance, the presentation of the annual Ticonderoga High School alumni awards, a golf tournament and the annual Ti StreetFest.
The actual founding of Ticonderoga is traced to July 24, 1764, when a land grant was awarded to John Stoughton. To mark that day there will be a celebration in Bicentennial Park with children’s activities, food, a concert and fireworks.
“Ticonderoga is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its settlement, its quarter millennial, in 2014,” said June Curtis of the First 250 Years Committee. “This is the second and last calendar created for the purpose of honoring, celebrating and remembering many of the people, places and things that have been instrumental in the growth of Ticonderoga. The calendar sub-committee sincerely hopes that residents and friends of Ticonderoga will enjoy this year’s version of ‘Ticonderoga, Celebrating 250 Years’.”
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 January through December 2014.
January, for example, has photos and information on Ticonderoga’s military service. February highlights civic groups, March communications, April politics and government, May transportation, June transitions, July commemorations, August popular entertainment, September food, October sports and recreation, November commerce and December legacies.
A schedule for the 2014 celebration is also included in the calendar.
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 Bob Dedrick at 585-7408.
Calendars are also available from Ticonderoga Middle School and St. Mary’s School students, who are selling them as a fund raising project to help support their annual whale watch trips. Students will get $2 for each calendar sold.
The money, while welcome, is not the reason students are participating, explained Ti Middle School 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.”
Teacher Lori Fox is leading the sale at St. Mary’s.
Students who sell the most calendars will be eligible for prizes. Walmart has donated a $100 gift certificate and Dunkin Donuts a $50 gift certificate that will be awarded.
“The seventh graders are selling these as a fund raiser for their whale watch trips to Massachusetts,” Curtis said. “Purchasing a calendar from one of these students is a win-win situation, supporting this excellent educational endeavor as well as our committee’s mission. We thank (Ti school superintendent) John McDonald, Jr., Kyle Lang, Lori Fox and the seventh grade classes and everyone in the community for participating.”
The calendar was created by Sylvia Boyce, Steve Boyce, Chris Breiseth, Bill Dolback, Perry O’Neill, Rich Strum, Curtis and Dedrick.
“For 2014, we’ve tried to capture more of the near history (1940-2000) of the town and have focused on groups, rather than individuals, who have influenced the development of our community,” Curtis said of the calendar. “Ticonderoga has been able to celebrate its first 250 years only because families, individuals, businesses and organizations have preserved their histories. We encourage the people of Ticonderoga to gather those photos, documents, and stories that will help and inspire future generations to celebrate the next 250 years.
“Our second calendar, the 2014 calendar, is again stunning,” Curtis said. “This is a collector’s item, a keepsake and an ideal holiday gift. For the many of us who enjoy reliving memories of the town from the old days, turning the pages will be like walking down memory lane.”