The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum.
A new exhibit highlighting the significance of the LaChute River is planned at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum this year.
“The Impact of the River” will provide a glimpse at the businesses that grew and flourished along the river that winds through downtown Ti.
“The exhibit will tell the story of the 100-year period that was essentially the golden age of Ticonderoga when thriving lumber camps spawned a world of merchants and falling water powered mills from grist to graphite,” said June Curtis, museum spokeswoman.
To help fund the exhibit there will be a benefit dinner Tuesday, March 19, 4:30-8 p.m. at Eddie’s Restaurant. The menu will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, coffee and dessert tickets. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. For information call Sylvia Boyce at 585-7735.
The museum is also seeking grant funding for the project.
“The plan is to re-purpose the blue room, creating an exhibit with a theme that more closely aligns to the mission of celebrating the industrial history of Ticonderoga,” Curtis explained. “Denise Huestis, author, artist and trustee, has created 38 professionally-mastered scale models of the area’s early industries. Eight of these replicas are incorporated into permanent exhibits representing the three largest industries in the town’s early history — papermaking, waterpower and graphite mining.”
Those models will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit.
“I can envision the remaining models in a time-line together with a storyline arranged along the four walls,” Huestis said. “Placing old photographs of the factories and related artifacts would surely add to the interest.”
The museum has applied for a Museumwise GETSET! grant for professional and technical support to design this exhibit.
“We seek a skilled professional partner who can work with our vision, the models and the space to interpret our dream into the exhibit’s reality,” Curtis said.
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.
It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Columbus Day.
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.
The museum is handicapped accessible.
For more information call 585-2696.