TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will host a consortium of authors, historians and researchers sharing their expertise at the sixth annual Seminar on the American Revolution on Sept. 26 and 27.
The topic is integral to the fort's own history as "America's First Victory" took place on the site when Ethan Allen's raid captured it in May of 1775.
Patronage to this event has allowed Fort Ticonderoga to provide scholarships to secondary and middle school teachers so they may attend. Four teachers will take advantage of the scholarships for this seminar and to date, 17 teachers have been able to join the lively weekend.
Presentations and discussions are joined by a book signing on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 1:30 with seven authors signing their works. The public is invited to attend in the Log House and meet authors George C. Newman, James Kirby Martin, Joseph R. Fischer, John Fea, Douglas Egerton, Russell Bourne and illustrator Eric Schnitzer.
Fort Ticonderoga offers this Revolutionary War Seminar in the Mars Center inside the Fort walls. Topics as diverse as the French help in America's independence; the relationship with the Six Nations Indians; and the history to be gleaned from careful study of artwork are on the presentation docket.
On Friday evening actor Howard Burnham will become Gen. Horatio Gates in a presentation he titles "Northern Laurels and Southern Willows" in which he defends his actions of 1780.
The seminar follows close on the heals of the Revolutionary War Encampment in which 600 re-enactors portrayed the factions involved in the struggle.