The Ticonderoga Historical Society has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Northern New York Library Network for the digitization of original records pertaining to Roger’s Rangers from the historical society’s Loescher Collection.
Specifically, the grant will allow rosters of enlisted men who served with Rogers to be available online through the New York Heritage website. While Robert Rogers has been the subject of numerous books and articles, information on individual rank-and- file soldiers has been scarce.
The historical society was gifted the special collection in 2004, following the death of Burt Garfield Loescher, an authority on Robert Rogers in the French and Indian War. This military unit is regarded as the inspiration for the U.S. Army Rangers and other special forces from World War II to the present.
The Northern New York Library Network is a regional library agency dedicated to providing support and services to its member libraries, of which the historical society is a member.
Founded in 1897 and chartered in 1909, the Ticonderoga Historical Society advances the preservation and interpretation of history through its collections, programs and community outreach.
Illustration: A 1776 painting of Robert Rogers, the only known portrait from life.