This new exhibit explores the critical institution of the militia in early American history, from colonization through nationhood, and the unique system that developed in the United States that relied on citizens to bear the burden of national defense.
The exhibit follows the institution of the militia from its creation in the 17th century through its gradual decline in the mid-19th century. Topics that are explored using over 100 rare artifacts include: who were obliged or expected to serve in the militia; who authorized the militia; how militiamen were trained; and how they were armed and equipped. The artifacts on display include examples of uniforms, weaponry, musical instruments, manuscripts, paintings, printed books, and accoutrements from the museum’s collection, many on display for the first time in decades.
This major exhibition can be viewed at the ground floor exhibition gallery in the Mars Education Center, from 9:30 am to 5 pm Tuesday-Sunday through October 31, 2021. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga. For more information visit the Fort Ticonderoga website.
Photo of Fort Ticonderoga courtesy Carl Heilman II.