Sandy Morhouse, right, campaign chairman and chairman-elect of the Fort Ticonderoga board of trustees, discusses the 2012 Fort Ticonderoga capital campaign. Assisting him is Dug Cummins, a fort trustee.
The 2012 Fort Ticonderoga capital campaign is off to a rousing start, thanks to trustees and senior staff.
The forts board of trustees and administration have contributed $412,497 to the find raising effort — more than half of the campaign’s $650,000 goal.
“This is truly a remarkable achievement and reflects a compelling endorsement of the fort today,” said Sandy Morhouse, campaign chairman and chairman-elect of the fort board of trustees. “We still have work to do to reach our $650,000 goal, but this gives us a tremendous head start and should stand as an important example for all those whom we now expect to contact.”
The announcement came as Fort Ticonderoga kicks of its “public phase” of the fund drive. Volunteer solicitors, “FORT-ifier,” are now seeking further support. Student callers, in collaboration with the University of Vermont’s “Chatty Cat” program, will make fund raising calls and Fort Ticonderoga will mail an appeal to the community.
“Our trustees have set an example that I hope everyone in our community will take to heart,” said Peter Paine, board of trustees chairman. “In doing so, they will join us in ensuring that the fund sets a new record by Dec. 31. That will result in ensuring Fort Ticonderoga’s financial stability and, in turn, help make it an ever more important and meaningful part of our community.”
Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and executive director, said the support demonstrated by trustees and senior staff is gratifying.
“It is so encouraging to have this wonderfully generous support from those most closely involved in our work,” Hill said. “Without such reliable and growing annual giving, we could not operate the fort or confidently plan for its future.”
Open to the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is the earliest restoration of its kind in the United States. It preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain and the Carillon Battlefield, the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in North America.
Fort Ticonderoga welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year. It reaches more than 5,000 people a year in outreach programs. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The fort offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation Oct. 18. The 2012 season features the fort’s newest exhibit “Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution,” which highlights more than 150 weapons.
For more information call Fort Ticonderoga at 585-2821 or go online at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org