ticonderoga Heritage Museum
Ticonderoga's Industrial History
The industrial history of Ticonderoga cannot be told without describing paper mills, graphite mining, and pencils. The Heritage Museum preserves and interprets that history. Housed in the "1888 building," the museum is the last remaining structure of the Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company that once covered the area now known as the Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park. The museum also hosts a Heritage Visitor Center along the Lakes to Locks Passage, with information about local points of interest.
The museum offers
Historically accurate exhibits
Creative children's workshops
Displays and exhibits which interpret the manufacturing techniques and the history of
- Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Company
- International Paper Company
- American Graphite Company
- Other area industries
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Our Earlier History - The front door to the Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Company.
WE ARE OPEN.......
MUSEUM GIFT SHOP AND MUSEUM ARE OPEN FOR THE 2021 SEASON
Our first day for the 2021 season: May 29, 2021
Our last day for the 2021 season: October 17, 2021
OUR NeW TEAM MEMBER
We are excited to introduce and welcome our new Assistant to the Director, Josey Ezzo, who joins Director, Mary Curtis, and assistant, Linda Joiner this season. Josey will work closely with our Museum Director and Linda in the daily operation of the museum.
Share Your History With Us!
We invite everyone to share your history with the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum through the donation of photos, yearbooks, videos, paper items, and other historic materials. Do you have photographs of Ticonderoga's historical industry? How about that picture of dad in front of International Paper Company's mill or any other photo of Ticonderoga's past? Do you want a digital scan of your item? Bring it into the museum. We can scan this for you and provide it back to you on your thumb drive or other storage media. If you don't want to donate the physical item, perhaps you would consider donating the digital image and rights to the museum so we can increase our historical database and share with others while you keep the original in your possession. Ask a Museum representative for more information.
Sharing your history with us allows us to not only preserve it, but share it with others whether they be researchers or your own neighbors.
Many planned events for the 2020 season were impacted by a late opening and large crowd concerns due to COVID-19. Hopefully, the 2021 season will hold more promise. Watch for new Collection Spotlight events coming this year including a planned show on American Graphite, another scanner day, and a couple of surprises. Collection Spotlight events allow you to participate in Ticonderoga's history through historic photographs, papers and other literature, historical artifacts, and much more. Listen to and speak with subject matter experts and others who lived our history. Learn about paper making, the graphite industry, boats and steamships, local railroad activity and many other topics as we expand our offerings this year. We will share more information for the first event in 2021 soon.
INDUSTRY WALKING TOURS
We successfully conducted the first La Chute Industry Walking Tour for Upper La Chute and the feedback was incredibly positive. See below for additional schedules of both the Upper and Lower La Chute tours. Along the way for each tour (lower and upper La Chute), the guide discusses the abundance of industries which once made their living along the river, many of which used the river's power to benefit their industry. The Museum will provide each tour participant with a guide book to use during the tour. The guide book shows the location of each industry on the map, its relation to other industries, photos of how it appeared during its operation, and interesting facts. The tour guide will also point out each location and provide additional information on each location not necessarily found in the guide book.
Our Industry Walking Tour
TOUR DATES & RESERVATIONS: See the schedule of tour dates below. Space is limited so call Laura Wright (240-353-2961) to make a reservation to secure your spot. Tour is weather dependent so we will take your contact information and call you to inform you if the tour is postponed for any reason.
Both tours are guided with tour participant guides which show you the locations along the walk (photos, maps, and related interest material). The tour guide will provide additional information at each location of interest and answer questions. Examples are included in the attached photos. Good walking shoes and water are recommended. Tour length times are approximated and depend on the number of questions and speed of the tour group (the tour is conducted at a relaxed pace).
TOUR DETAILS (Lower La Chute): This tour begins at the Heritage Museum (1888) building and follows the river west-southwest to Montcalm Street. The tour length is approximately 90 minutes and depends on the number of questions and walking speed.
TOUR DETAILS (Upper La Chute): This tour begins at the lawn on the corner of Alexandria Avenue and Lord Howe and is designed to walk downhill. Unlike the Lower La Chute tour, this part of the walking trail is not connected so we have to connect from a point on Lake George Avenue through Stanton Street to reacquire the trail. No worries as we will discuss some other points of interest along the way while we make the connection. The tour length is approximately 1hr 45 minutes and depends on the number of questions and walking speed.
NOTICE: The Upper La Chute tour ends on Montcalm Street so you will need to be dropped off at the start location or have someone give you a ride back to the start location if you park your vehicle there. Other tour members have provided a ride to those who need one in past tours. You can walk back, but it is uphill.
Tour guides are vaccinated. All tour participants must comply with any COVID precautions in place at any time. Masks are not required but use any precautions that make you comfortable.
"I travel to Ticonderoga year round for educational events. This tour added greatly to my knowledge..."
Tour Guide "was on top of everything covered and was easily heard with microphone. Thank you!!"
"Enjoyed all of it!"
"The tour was so informative and beautifully organized."
"Fascinating! Learned my new things about Ticonderoga."
TOUR TIPS: We recommend comfortable shoes. The lower La Chute River tour route follows a fairly level path over a number of different terrain surfaces including soft grass, cement sidewalk, asphalt path, loose gravel, and stone. The Upper La Chute River tour follows a level and down hill path also over different terrain surfaces. We also suggest you bring water as summer in the Adirondacks can sometimes demand it.
UPDATE! Tour dates will be added as we assign slots. We will address foul weather impact as it gets closer to the tour date. Space is limited for all tours so contact the Museum now. Call Laura Wright @ 240-353-2961 or email us at email@example.com and provide your phone number for confirmation of reservation. If needed and if we can accommodate, additional dates are possible. Tour dates will be listed below and on social media as they are added to the schedule. More tours may be added and adjusted as needed or requested.
Everyone's safety is important to us. Our tour is naturally suited for social distancing. Masks are not required.
Industry Walking Tour - Lower La Chute River
Tour #1: June 19, 2021; 10 am
Tour #2: July 31, 2021; 9 am
Tour #3: TBD
Industry Walking Tour - Upper La Chute River
Tour #1: August 1, 2021; 9 am
Tour #2: TBD
Tour #3: TBD
summer children's program - 2021
Resumption of Outdoor Classes
We thank your for your patience and participation during the 2019 COVID "grab and go" program. It was very successful and allowed Your Museum to continue providing a valuable program for our community during a difficult time.
Our current plan is to resume class outside the museum at the picnic tables for our 2021 season but we are prepared to resort back to the "grab and go" concept if COVID issues determine this is the best method to continue the program while ensuring the safety of all involved. IF we resort to "grab and go," each of the affected programs will be individually packaged with all the materials needed to complete the projects including step by step instructions and a picture of what our project looks like.
Our theme this year is Scribble Art.
WHEN: July 7th to August 13th
WHAT: Participants will explore different media using scribbles to create art. All great art starts with a scribble.
WHERE: Heritage Museum (the 1888 building)...entrance to the Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park.
Wednesday, July 7 - SNAKES AND SNAILS
Participants draw a snake or snail in black marker or crayon. Divide into sections and do a different scribble in each part. Finally, use a different watercolor paint for each section.
Friday, July 9 - CRAYON ETCHING
Fill a sheet of paper using different colors of crayon scribbles. Color over entire sheet with black crayon. Scratch a design out of the black using a paper clip. Rub with wax paper or plastic bag to give shine.
Wednesday, July 14 - SCRIBBLE DRAW
Scribble a design in black marker. Color in the white spaces using only three colors and be sure the colors don't touch each other.
Friday, July 16 - SCRIBBLE PAINT
Scribble any shape. Glue around and inside shape. Cover entire picture with salt. Using watercolor, paint different colors on the shape.
Wednesday, July 21 - HAND"SOME" ART
Draw around your hand. Using a ruler, draw different colored straight lines across the paper. When going over hand outline, make lines curve slightly and continue straight lines on other side of hand outline.
Friday, July 23- MANDALA
Trace different size circles. Fill in each space with different scribbles.
Wednesday, July 28 - SCRIBBLE SCRAP ART
Fill in your scribble design using tissue paper scraps, buttons, sequins.
Friday, July 30 - MONSTER SCRIBBLES
Draw a curvy scribble on paper. Make each part of the scribble into a different monster an add color.
Wednesday, August 4 - SCRIBBLE SHIRTS
Use fabric markers to make scribble design on T-shirts. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN TEE SHIRT TO THE WORKSHOP
Friday, August 6 - POSTABE STAMP SCRIBBLE
Use postage stamps to fill in a silhouette and frame your philatelic masterpiece.
Wednesday, August 11 - SCRIBBLE PAD
Using different ink pad shapes, create a scribble.
Friday, August 13 - SCRIBBLE BLOCKS
Draw basic shapes or patterns on each side of a block. Draw a scribble shape on paper. Roll the block and draw whatever comes up in a part of your scribble. Continue rolling the clock until your original scribble is filled in with different shapes or patterns.
If "grab and go" is ever initiated during the summer program, we encourage you to post a photo of your finished work and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this case, a YouTube video would also be posted on the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum YouTube channel for each of the affected projects with artists giving directions.
WE ARE YOUR MUSEUM!
Please feel free to stop by our Museum if you have any questions.
What is scanner day you ask? Scanner day is part of our Collection Spotlight series of events and was conceived and designed to encourage the Ticonderoga community to bring in their photographs or other historical documents for the purpose of scanning the item(s), returning the item and a digital image to the owner, and obtaining rights to the digital image for Museum use, thereby adding it to the Museum's collection, or possibly obtaining an outright donation of the item(s) to the Museum by the owner. The whole purpose is to increase the Museum's collection so that these images and documents can be turned around and shared with the community as well as researchers.
Thank you to all those who have participated in scanner day in the past. Due to COVID and large crowds, we did not offer scanner day in the 2020 season. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have items you would like scanned, please stop by the museum during regular business hours.
Collections Management Activities
Your Ticonderoga Heritage Museum is making great strides to preserve Ticonderoga’s industrial history. We say “your museum” because this museum and the history it represents and shares belongs to all of us…all of you. Many of our plans every year involve you, your family members, and your friends as we open up our historical preservation mission to Ticonderoga. This process doesn’t stop at simply preserving what currently resides in the museum, but expands to sharing what we have with you through social media and special events like Collection Spotlight.
Database work and scanning continues all year round as new items enter our collection and as we endeavor to classify and identify items which have been in the collection for years.
Collection management - scanning & archiving photos.
Board members Terry Smith, Steve Boyce, Mark Wright, and Barbara Riley prepare coleslaw packages.
Our primary annual fundraiser occurs twice during the season in the months of May and October. The meal consists of a chicken BBQ cooked by our fine partners at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus, Father Jogues Council 333. They do a marvelous job. This consists of a half chicken, coleslaw, baked potato, roll and butter, and desert.
To our wonderful museum Board and Staff members who help with this event...thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Meal pickup begins at 5 pm until sold out. Pre-orders are highly encouraged as these dinners sell quickly.
BBQ #1: May 13, 2021
BBQ #2: October 7, 2021