Posts Tagged ‘Hancock House’

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Call for Entries for Festival of Trees at Hancock House Museum

Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society is inviting individuals and community groups to once again take part in the Festival of Trees at the Hancock House Museum. The popular holiday event will take place from November 25 through December 31. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World,” although the decorated trees, centerpieces, and other displays do not have to follow the suggested theme.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Haunted Hancock Program Returns to Ticonderoga Museum on Oct. 21

Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society will celebrate the Halloween season with a free program entitled “Haunted Hancock” on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House located at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga.

 

“We will be taking a look at the dark and unexplained side of history,” said program presenter Diane O’Connor. “The supernatural is woven throughout history in a powerful way.”

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ticonderoga Historical Society presents program on Benedict Arnold on Aug. 12

Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House located at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga, NY. “Benedict Arnold: The Traitor Who Saved Ticonderoga” will be presented by Brian O’Connor, who will discuss Arnold’s role at the Battle of Valcour Island in October 1776.

 

“As an overwhelming British force headed south from Canada, Arnold assembled a ragtag fleet to meet it in a desperate naval action,” said Brian O’Connor.  “Though defeated, his heroics gave our infant nation a year to breathe & win the pivotal victory of Saratoga the following year.”

 

O’Connor, a former history professor, currently serves as Director of Libraries at North Country Community College. The program will be held outdoors under a tent, and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.

 

Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at (518) 585-7868 or via e-mail: tihistory@bridgepoint1.com.

 

Photo at top: Benedict Arnold. Photo provided by Diane O’Connor of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Mapping the Adirondacks

map

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m.  at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.  “Mapping the Adirondacks” will be presented by Pete Nelson, who will discuss the life and work of Rochester physician William Watson Ely.

“Who produced the first detailed map of the Adirondack wilderness, showing most of the water courses, peaks and topography,” said Nelson.  “The answer might surprise, for it was not one of the well-known professionals, but an amateur.”  Ely’s Map of the New York Wilderness dominated the world of Adirondack maps from the 1860’s until nearly the turn of the century.  

Nelson is a mathematics teacher and history lecturer at North Country Community College, a co-founder of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative and an avid writer, lecturer and Adirondack history buff whose articles appear regularly in numerous regional publications (such as the Almanack).  He is currently writing a book on early Adirondack surveyors.

The program will be held outdoors, under a tent and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.  Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to:  tihistory@bridgepoint1.com.

A portion of W.W. Ely’s Map of the New York Wilderness from 1867. (Source: New York Heritage Digital Collections, Adirondack Experience Library, https://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16694coll65/id/7033/rec/1)


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Hancock House Opens for Season with Free Program “Black Baseball in the North Country” on June 10

Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society (THS) has opened for the 2022 season and will present a free public program entitled “Black Baseball in the North Country” on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House located at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

Presenter Maury Thompson will discuss how teams such as the Cuban Giants, the first black professional baseball team, barnstormed in Washington and Clinton counties in 1890 and 1892, playing, in some cases, against local white teams.

Thompson speaks about black baseball in the region in the 19th century, including summer teams made up of black employees at summer hotels, and local black athletes who played on integrated teams. Maury Thompson was a reporter for The Post-Star of Glens Falls for 21 years.

He retired in 2017 to move on to an encore career as a freelance writer and documentary film maker specializing on the history of politics, labor organizing, and media in New York’s North Country. He is co-producer, co-director and writer of the new documentary “My Native Air: Charles Evans Hughes and the Adirondacks,” which aired on Mountain Lakes PBS earlier this year.

The program will be held outdoors under a tent, and attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Current CDC and New York State guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

While the program is free, reservations are suggested.

Additional information is available and reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to: tihistory@bridgepoint1.com.

Photo at top provided by Diane O’Connor.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Ti Festival of Trees runs Nov. 26 to Dec. 31

festival of treesThe Ticonderoga Historical Society invites the public to visit the Annual Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House through December 31.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

“Haunted Hancock” Program to Feature Ghostly Tales on October 22

haunted hancock

 

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will celebrate the Halloween Season with a free program entitled “Haunted Hancock:  Ghostly Tales of Champlain” on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. 

 “We will be taking a look at the darker side of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain region,” said program presenter Diane O’Connor.  “Our area is rich in history and the supernatural is woven throughout that history in a powerful way.  The evening’s tales will include local spirits of soldiers, trappers, witches and otherworldly beings.”

The program will be held outdoors around a campfire.  Attendees should dress warmly, and bring their own lawn chairs. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as this program is one of the museum’s most popular.  Reservations may be made by calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com.  Refreshments will be served.

As a regional institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain Region, the Ticonderoga Historical Society encompasses a four-story museum with substantial collections and research library, as well as an active educational program series available for community organizations.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Program on Black Voting Rights in the Adirondacks

the first vote of a black person in america drawn by ar waud

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m.  at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.  “The Story of Timbuctoo: Black Voting Rights in the Adirondacks” will open the museum’s exhibit and program theme for the year.

“History, Race and Gender in the Adirondacks” is a series of conversations, exhibits and programs addressing themes of gender and racial equality.

Program presenter will be Pete Nelson, who will offer a look into efforts to establish voting rights for free Blacks in the North Elba region of the Adirondacks in the 1840s.  An avid writer, lecturer and Adirondack history buff whose articles appear regularly in numerous regional publications,  Nelson is a mathematics teacher and history lecturer at North Country Community College, and a co-founder of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.  He has been involved in diversity work for more than three decades, from community work to academic institutions and politics.

The program will be held outdoors, under a tent and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.  Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to:  tihistory@bridgepoint1.com.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Hancock House Museum Opens June 2 – Full Schedule of Programs, Exhibits Planned

lego model of hancock house museum

The Hancock House Museum in Ticonderoga will open Wednesdays through Saturdays beginning June 2.  The four-story museum and research library, located at 6 Moses Circle, will be open from 10 am until 4 pm during the month of June and will move to daily operations for the months of July and August.

A schedule of more than 13 programs and events is planned for the summer months.  “History, Race and Gender in the Adirondacks” is the overarching theme of this year’s activities and exhibits.

“For the past four years, the Ticonderoga Historical Society has made a conscious effort to present exhibits and programs focusing on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial,” said Hancock House Museum President Bill Dolback. “In addition, the historical society has developed a very popular program on “Jews in the Adirondacks,” presented to several hundred individuals in programs from Plattsburgh to Albany.

“Building on these themes of racial and gender equality, we are presenting a series of conversations, programs and exhibits around topics such as racial inequality in the Adirondacks, notable persons of color in our regional history, and the region’s role in the abolitionist and civil rights movement,” he noted.

Additional program offerings will feature a look at regional baseball teams of long ago, Adirondack Regiments in the Civil War, The WWII Homefront, the Irish in Musical Theater, Landscape Painters of the Adirondacks and others.  Several musical performances will also take place.  A full schedule is available at www.tihistory.org.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Haunted History at the Hancock House

Adirondack Ghosts at Hancock House provided by Ticonderoga Historical SocietyThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to end its program year and celebrate the Halloween Season with a free program entitled “Haunted Adirondacks: A Horrible History” on Friday, October 18 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Underground Railroad Program in Ticonderoga

underground railroad in the adirondack town of chesterThe Ticonderoga Historical Society will host a free program, “The Underground Railroad in Chester,” on Friday, August 16 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, in Ticonderoga.

Program presenters Donna LaGoy and Laura Seldman are co-authors of The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Town of Chester. The Town of Chester in Warren County was a haven for runaway slaves escaping to Canada along the Underground Railroad.

The authors argue that the town holds at least nine confirmed or suspected sites where fugitives from the law once found shelter. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ticonderoga Historical Expands Summer A’Fair

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has expanded the offerings of its annual Summer A’Fair, which will take place at the Hancock House from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, August 10.

Each year the Historical Society presents a bake sale featuring an array of home-baked treats, as well as a “white elephant” sale of gently used goods, along with a vendor area featuring high-quality craft, household, and one-of-a-kind items. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Program in Ticonderoga

Woodstock Mural by Marsha LaPointeThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free public program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival on Friday, August 2 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

“Going Down to Yasgur’s Farm” is the name of both the program and the exhibit currently showing at the Historical Society’s museum which showcases the festival that came to reflect a generation. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Free Concert at Hancock House Celebrates Woodstock

from wilson to woodstockThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has announced a free summer lawn concert “From Wilson to Woodstock” at the Hancock House, set for Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm. This year’s concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival held in Bethel Woods, New York.

From Wilson to Woodstock refers to President Woodrow Wilson, under whose administration the passage of the 19th Amendment occurred. Wilson’s policies with regard to World War One and the Treaty of Versailles were also important in creating the incubator for the Second World War and subsequent global conflicts. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 17, 2019

History of Champlain Salmon Focus of Ti Exhibit

salmon courtesy Concordia UniversityThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has opened the exhibit “Salmon and People,” set to run through June 21, with a free public program on Friday, June 21 at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. Provided by the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, the exhibit celebrates 2019 as the “International Year of the Salmon.” » Continue Reading.



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