The Ticonderoga Historical Society has received a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. From left are: Jan Trombley, Ticonderoga store manager, Wendy Pelletier, assistant store manager, Steve Jabaut, assistant store manager, Steve Pratt, assistant store manager, and June Curtis, historical society trustee.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society has received some help.
The group recently was awarded a $1,000 from the Walmart Foundation to assist in its youth education programs.
“Always challenged to enhance the interest in our museum offerings for the younger population, the Ticonderoga Historical Society focuses our children’s program on our Native American exhibit, an authentic replica of an Iroquois Longhouse replete with fire pit, sleeping platform, hides, furs, bark bowls and spices and corn hanging from the rafters,” explained June Curtis, a historical society trustee.
“Our next program will be a sequel to our 2011 children’s Native American Pow Wow. Red Hawk, an Abenaki living here in our local community, will provide the second in a series of interpretive presentations, learning adventures that depict his fascinating culture intertwining history, legends, personal experiences, folklore and storytelling. Native American legends abound with morals or lessons that are colorfully folded into their plots.”
The native American stories reach children, Curtis said.
“Understanding that storytelling is one of our oldest art forms and knowing that educators have long subscribed to the knowledge that the arts have a direct relationship to academic success and psychological well-being, the historical society has designed the children’s programs around this valuable tool,” she said. “Folktales and legends transcend cultural barriers and pass along values and teachings through generations.
“Storytelling will be the cornerstone of this educational endeavor,” Curtis said. “It is our design to excite children, exemplify the power of words, instill values and celebrate history. We feel strongly that instilling enthusiasm for learning is most relevant in today’s world and is invaluable for improving the quality of life for those we serve in our community.”
The grant was presented to the Ticonderoga Historical Society by Jan Trombley, manager of the Ticonderoga Walmart.
“The historical society is most appreciative of this grant from the Walmart Foundation and looks forward to using it to make our community and even better place to live, especially for our children,” Curtis said.