fort-ticonderoga.JPGTiconderoga, N.Y. - Fort Ticonderoga's 2013 Author Series continues on Sunday, July 21, with Thomas A. Chambers, author of Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic. The program takes place at 11:30 am in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is followed by a book signing in the Museum Store at 12:30 pm. The program is included in the cost of admission and takes place during the Fort's "Montcalm's Cross" battle re-enactment event weekend. Members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted at no cost. "The soldiers make tent pins out of the shin and thigh bones of Abercrombie's men." So remarked American officer Anthony Wayne in July 1776 at Ticonderoga, as his ragtag force tried to hold the once-great fortress against an expected British invasion. The 1758 battle left hundreds of dead bodies on the field, and Wayne's men occupied the same ground. That juxtaposition of past and current wars caused Americans to give meaning to their past, but also to forget it. During the Revolution the Battle of Carillon served as an object lesson in British arrogance, intransigence and disregard for Americans, while decades later visitors to Ticonderoga recalled only hazy details of the "Old French War." The key to the continent had been reduced to a scenic destination for tourists. Thomas Chambers is Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. He is also the author of Drinking the Waters: Creating an American Leisure Class at Nineteenth Century Mineral Springs. During his college days, Tom worked as an interpreter at Fort Ticonderoga. For additional information about this series and other programs, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at http://www.fort-ticonderoga.org/ and select "Life Long Learning" under the "Explore and Learn" tab. Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2013 season is provided in part by Amtrak.  Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! 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 guests 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.  Admission price is $17.50 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (62 years and older), $8 children 5-12 years old, and children 4 years and under are free. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga also enjoy free admission. Visit https://mail.fort-ticonderoga.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=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.

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Contact: Beth Hill 518-585- 2821 bhill@fort-ticonderoga.org