The steamer landing at Fort Ticonderoga c. 1880 from a photograph by Seneca Ray Stoddard. Fort Ticonderoga Curator of Collections Chris Fox talks about Stoddard’s visits to Fort Ticonderoga as part of the Second Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain at Fort Ticonderoga August 10 & 11, 2013.Ticonderoga, N.Y. - Fort Ticonderoga recently received funding from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and from Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union supporting the Second Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, which the Fort will host on August 10 & 11, 2013. The funding helps support this conference exploring the history, geography, culture, ecology, and current issues related to the Lake George and Lake Champlain region. The Conference takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required. "Funding support from the South Lake Champlain Fund and from Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union enables us to offer this unique conference," said Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. "By crossing disciplines, this conference provides an opportunity to examine the lakes historically, culturally, and ecologically." The Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain at Fort Ticonderoga features presentations in three strands. The history strand includes presentations on the Battle of Diamond Island on Lake George during the Burgoyne Campaign in 1777 by Bruce Venter, the archaeological discovery of Pike's Cantonment from the War of 1812 near Plattsburgh by Keith Herkalo, and the history of the Lake Champlain Bluestone Quarry by Morris Glenn. The arts/culture strand includes presentations on Seneca Ray Stoddard's Fort Ticonderoga by Chris Fox, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe on Lake George by Rebecca Pelchar, and the Sound Inter Club sailboats on Lake George and their restoration by Reuben Smith. The ecology/current issues strand included presentations on the state of Lake Champlain by Colleen Hickey, sustainable forestry in the Champlain basin by Greg Mayes, and the impact of the historic 2011 floods on the long-term health of Lake Champlain by Mike Winslow. Registration for the conference is now open. You can learn more about the conference by downloading a conference brochure from the Fort Ticonderoga website at http://www.fort-ticonderoga.org/. Select "Explore and Learn" and then "Life Long Learning" to find information on the Second Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain. You can also receive a printed version by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at Fort Ticonderoga, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 518-585-6370. FORT TICONDEROGA America's Fort TM Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century.  Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York. America's Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Photo:  The steamer landing at Fort Ticonderoga c. 1880 from a photograph by Seneca Ray Stoddard. Fort Ticonderoga Curator of Collections Chris Fox talks about Stoddard's visits to Fort Ticonderoga as part of the Second Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain at Fort Ticonderoga August 10 & 11, 2013. Contact: Beth Hill - 518-585- 2821 bhill@fort-ticonderoga.org