Fort Ticonderoga will host its annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” the weekend of November 7-8, 2015. The event focuses on the material culture of the 18th century and is intended for people with an interest in learning more about objects of the 18th century and what they can tell us about history. “Material Matters” takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga and is open by pre-registration only.
A panel of material culture experts comes to Fort Ticonderoga for the weekend to share their knowledge of 18th-century material culture in a series of presentations. Designed for those who want a deeper understanding of the everyday objects that help tell the story of life and the contests for control of North America during the 18th century, the weekend’s informal approach enables attendees to interact with presenters and provides an opportunity to examine 18th-century objects up close.
Seminar presentations include: “A Revolution in Wood: The Buckets, Boxes, and Canteens of Hingham, Massachussetts” by Derin Bray; “18th-Century Military Use of Tinware” by Steve Delisle; “American-made Bayonets during the War of Independence” by Derek Heidemann; “The Clothing Conflict: Military Dress at Fort Ticonderoga” by Matthew Keagle; “George Washington’s Disappearing Ribbon and the Memory of the American Revolution” by Phil Mead; and “Clothing Rogers Rangers” by Gibb Zea.
Registration for “Material Matters” is now open. A brochure with the complete schedule and a registration form is available on Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org by selecting the “Education” tab and choosing “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop-down menu. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at 518-585-6370. Register before October 1 to receive the Early Bird rate of $120 ($100 for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and $80 for students and young museum professionals).