TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust of Saratoga Springs.
The funds will support an expanded interpretive program, "These Worthy Fellows are Second to None in Courage," highlighting the daily lives of the soldiers garrisoned at Fort Ticonderoga.
The funding support from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust will help support interpretive staff and the purchase of interpretive clothing, weapons, accoutrement and tools. The fort's expanded programming will further bring to life the fort's social and military history as well as the material culture of the 18th century soldiers who served at Fort Ticonderoga.
Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director, said the grant provided by Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust will "support a significant initiative at Fort Ticonderoga that invests in the visitor's experience, serves the heart of our mission and meets a national need."
As part of an institutional-wide assessment, Fort Ticonderoga has identified the need for more interpretive opportunities that engage visitors through expanded living history programs.
"According to a recent national study, 83 percent of U.S. adults failed when tested on the beliefs, freedoms and liberties established during the American Revolution," Hill said. "A goal of the fort's interpretive initiative is to address, in part, the historical amnesia identified in the report. Fort Ticonderoga, often called 'America's Fort,' tells the story of how the blood spilled in the name of empire during the French and Indian War became part of the same story of the blood spilled in the name of liberty during the American Revolution.
"We have the rare opportunity to excite the public about a defining history in a very dramatic and participatory way thanks to the generosity of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust," Hill said.
Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit historical site. For more information go online at www.FortTiconderoga.org