TICONDEROGA - This summer Fort Ticonderoga presents the first "Fort Ticonderoga Author Series" featuring authors of new books about the region's history.
Each Sunday program will take place in Fort Ticonderoga's Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at 2 p.m. and be followed by a book signing with the author in the Museum Store at 3 p.m.
The series begins on Sunday, July 18, with Richard Berleth, author of Bloody Mohawk: The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York's Frontier. Berleth chronicles the bitter battles in New York's Mohawk Valley during two wars between 1755 and 1781. Berleth teaches at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and is the author of several other titles.
On Sunday, July 25, Russell P. Bellico speaks about his new book, Empires in the Mountains: French and Indian War Campaigns and Forts in the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River Corridor. Bellico covers the epic battles of the war in the lake valleys, as well as the arduous task of building forts and warships in the wilderness of northern New York. Bellico is the author of several books related to the history of the Lake Champlain and Lake George areas.
On Sunday, Aug. 8, Richard B. Smith continues the series based on his book Ethan Allen & the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga: America's First Victory. Smith will discuss the historic capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775, that provided the colonists with important artillery essential in continuing the war against Great Britain. Smith lives in Manchester, Vermont, and is also the author of The Revolutionary War in Bennington County: A History & Guide.
On Sunday, Aug. 15, Carl R. Crego, author of Fort Ticonderoga: A Postcard History Series, will focus on the early restoration history of Fort Ticonderoga between 1908 and 1924 with an illustrated talk. Crego is a member of the Fort Ticonderoga Association and continues to work on other writing projects.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, James Nelson wraps up the series. Nelson will talk about his new book, George Washington's Great Gamble, about the naval battle between French and British fleets in the Chesapeake in September 1781 which lead to the American victory at Yorktown the following month. Nelson writes about naval history during the American Revolution and is also the author of Benedict Arnold's Navy.
Fort Ticonderoga offers other opportunities to learn about the early political history of the region in which it played such an important role. The War College of the French & Indian War is offered each May and the Seminar on the American Revolution is offered in September. Both are weekend-long events featuring prominent historians and authors.
Information on all the fort's programs can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org or by calling 585-2821.