New Scholarship to Be Presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War
Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Nineteenth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 16-18, 2014. This annual seminar focuses on the French & Indian War in North America (1754-1763), bringing together a panel of distinguished historians from around the country. The War College takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.
“Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become one of the premier seminars on the French & Indian War in the country. It features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the French & Indian War,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.
2014 Speakers include:
· Daniel Baugh, Professor Emeritus at Cornell, “Why did the British Empire in North America Become Territorial in 1763?”
· Russell B. Bellico, author, and Joseph Zarzynski, author and underwater archaeologist, “What Amherst Left Behind: An Historical and Archaeological Analysis of Lake George’s ‘Sunken Bateaux of 1758.’”
· Alexander Campbell, author, “‘Not in the most regular manner’: The Royal American Regiment at Ticonderoga, 8 July 1758.”
· Phil Dunning, Parks Canada (retired), “Fill the Bowl Again!”
· John Maas, US Army Center of Military History, “North Carolina’s French & Indian War, 1754-1761.”
· David Miller, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, “‘Whatever our Fate may be’—Colonel Bouquet’s 1763 Expedition to Fort Pitt and the Battle of Bushy Run.”
· Christopher Tozzi, Howard University, “How French were the French? The Demographic and Cultural Diversity of French Forces in the French & Indian War.”
· Stephen Warfel, archaeologist, “Lost and Found: The Discovery of Fort Morris, Shippensburg, PA.”
The War College also features presentations by two Fort Ticonderoga staff. Curator of Collections Chris Fox will give a presentation “Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Clothing Collections.” He will share knowledge garnered as curator of the Fort’s newest exhibition of the same name which opens on May 10, 2014, for a two-year run. Fort Ticonderoga’s Artificer Shoemaker Shaun Pekar will present on “Blue broad Cloth Lapll’d Coats of various Sizes, Kersey and Frize ditto” examining the dress of Massachusetts Provincial Soldiers during the 1758 campaign against Fort Carillon.
Registration for the War College is now open at $145 ($120 for those registering by March 15th); additional discounts available for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Fort’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org under the “Explore and Learn” tab by selecting “Life Long Learning” on the drop down menu and then clicking on the War College. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting the Fort at 518-585-2821.