Posts Tagged ‘Hancock House’

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:  [email protected].


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.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Elizabethtown Civil War POW Benjamin Hall Talk in Ti

depiction of Andersonville Prison by John L Ransom

In 1861 Benjamin Hall of Elizabethtown in Essex County was one among many young men who enlisted to fight against the South in the Union Army.

His wartime experiences took him to some of the major battlefields of the American Civil War, and finally to the notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Ticonderoga Festival of Trees Open Through Dec 29

2018 festival of treesThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has invited the public to visit the 29th Annual Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House through December 29.

Each year community organizations, businesses, school groups and clubs assist in decorating the Hancock House by providing a decorated tree, centerpiece, gingerbread house or other festive holiday art. This year, nearly 40 trees and displays are in place on three floors of the historic house museum. Many of the trees and displays feature a specific theme or decorative motif. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Victorian Ghost Photos at Ticonderoga’s Hancock House

J Randall BrownThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to host a free program entitled “Victorian Spirit Photography: Beyond the Veil” on Friday, September 21 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

People living in the Victorian era (1837-1901) showed interest in psychic phenomena, seances, spiritualism, ghost photography and other forms of communications beyond the living world. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took part in seances and well-known author Arthur Conan Doyle was also a believer, as was English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This program will look at the history and help attendees understand why that took place and how it continues in the modern world. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

‘Imprisoned for the Cause’ Opening at Ti Historical

Suffragettes Picketing White HouseThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to open its 2018 season with a free program and exhibit opening on Friday, April 20 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle.

“Imprisoned for the Cause” will look at the arrest, imprisonment and inhumane treatment of women peacefully protesting for women’s suffrage in 1917. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 11, 2017

John Hancock’s Table Acquired By Ticonderoga Hancock House

john hancocks tableThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has received the donation of a table that was once in the “banqueting hall” of the original John Hancock mansion in Boston. The table was the gift of Benn and Claire Eilers of Bend, Oregon.  Benn Eilers is a descendant of Hancock’s sister-in-law, Sarah Quincy.

With leaves that extend to 30 feet, the table is constructed of birds-eye walnut, a relatively rare wood. It is believed that George Washington dined at the table while visiting the Hancock House in Boston in 1789, during Hancock’s time as Governor of Massachusetts. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Grace Hudowalski Marker To Be Dedicated In Ticonderoga

grace hudowalskiThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has invited the public to a dedication ceremony and program commemorating the accomplishments of Ticonderoga native Grace Leach Hudowalski on Friday, June 2 at 6 pm.

Hudowalski, the first woman to climb all 46 Adirondack High Peaks, was born in Ticonderoga in 1906 in a house which once stood on the current site of the Masonic Lodge at 10 Montcalm Street. The youngest of six children, she completed the 46 on Mt. Esther on August 26, 1937.

Following the marker dedication at 6 pm, the public is invited to the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, for refreshments and a showing of The Mountains Will Wait for You, a documentary about Hudowalski narrated by Johnny Cash. Those who knew Grace Hudowalski are invited to share their memories. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ti Historical Opens Steamboats Exhibit May 19th

ticonderoga steamboat postcardSteamboat Captain and author William “Bill” Gates will present the opening talk as the Ticonderoga Historical Society opens the third of its major exhibits for 2017 on Friday, May 19th at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

“Steamboats A’Comin” helps mark the bicentennial of steamboats on the waterways of the Lake Champlain and Lake George Regions, an innovation that opened the area for commerce and tourism in the years that followed. » Continue Reading.