TICONDEROGA-The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum brings history life. So much so, you can taste it - literally.
The museum will host its ninth annual Taste of Ti on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ticonderoga High School cafeteria.
A major fundraiser for the museum, it features "tastes" of favorite dishes from area restaurants and food providers.
"From appetizers to desserts, diners are able to sample menu items from local restaurants, visit with friends and neighbors and, at the same time, help the Heritage Museum fund it's free children's workshops and other free programs that take place at the museum during the summer season," explained Sylvia Boyce, who is event co-chair along with Jane Bassett.
Tickets are $17.50 each and are on sale at Rathbun Jewelers, Ti Paint and Decorating Center, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office or by calling 585-6178.
The Hot Biscuit Catering is planning, setting up and serving the meal, which will be hosted by the Ti High School Key Club.
The museum is located in downtown Ticonderoga on the edge of Bicentennial Park. Commonly called the "1888 Building" the museum is housed in the only remaining structure of the old Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper mill that once sprawled across most of the lower section of the town.
Today the museum hosts an Adirondack gift shop and displays exhibits on the 200-year history of industries that built the town, particularly along the adjacent LaChute River.
It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends from Memorial day to July 4, daily July 4 to labor Day and weekends from Labor Day through Columbus Day.
In 2010 the museum opened a new exhibit on water power. This year trustees hope to expand that exhibit to include a large water-powered turbine that has been placed in front of the museum.
"When completed, Ticonderoga will have a unique artifact on its main street and the museum will have an exciting and attractive addition to the water power exhibit," Steve Boyce, museum president, said.
Besides exhibits, the Ticonderoga Heritage hosts a series of children's programs each summer. This year's children's programs include Friendly Frogs, Creepy Critters, Darting Dragonflies, Boat Building, Block Printing and Pottery. The children's programs, held every Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in July and August, are free.
The 1888 Building is an exhibit in itself. It was once headquarters to the International Paper Co. mill that operated along the adjacent LaChute River. When IP moved its mill a few miles north of the hamlet, the building was given to the town. The museum board leases the building. In the past few years the building has received a $100,000 facelift and there are ongoing plans for further improvements.
The museum is handicapped accessible.
For more information call 585-2696 or go online at www.ticonderogaheritagemuseum.org.