About the Ticonderoga Historical Society
Print – Hancock House – Boston
The Ticonderoga Historical Society, organized in 1897 and chartered by the Board of Regents in 1909, advances the preservation and interpretation of history through our collections, programs and community outreach, perpetuating American traditions for future generations. We focus on the historical, educational, scientific and social aspects of the Adirondack Mountains and Lakes regions of northeastern New York State while preserving and promoting our unique cultural history. The Ticonderoga Historical Society has sponsored the development of Champlain Legacy Park in Ticonderoga on the banks of the La Chute River with direct access to Lake Champlain. Once a barren parcel, the Park is now home to a magnificent Samuel de Champlain monument, beautiful native trees and shrubs, historic flower gardens, arbors and more. The installation of the Liberty Pole and a walking trail access to the Falls are our more recent advances.
Photograph – Hancock House & Liberty Monument – Ticonderoga, NY
Our home is the Hancock House. The house was a gift to the New York State Historical Association from native son and philanthropist Horace Moses. He built the house as a repository for the purpose of perpetuating “American Traditions in History and the Fine Arts”. This imposing Georgian mansion is a replica of Thomas Hancock’s (Uncle to John Hancock) Beacon Hill residence built between 1737 and 1741, and demolished in 1863. The Hancock House Museum and Research Library was dedicated in 1926. The Ticonderoga Historical Society today manages this elegant structure as a regional museum and reference library. There are interesting and exciting exhibits on all four floors of the Hancock House. The modern library houses a large collection of regional material on civic, social and economic elements and also has one of the largest collections of genealogical resource materials in the region. The Society fulfills its fine arts mandate by promoting the visual arts through its Harmon Gallery, a space for the arts and major exhibits.
Be sure to stop in to the newly designed Ye Olde Post Office Book & Gift Shop. Exhibiting the turn-of-the-century Moriah, Mineville and Streetroad Post Office furniture, the gift shop has an excellent selection of regional publications, Staffordshire China and many unique gifts that will remind visitors of their memorable visit to Ticonderoga and the Hancock House.
Officers and Trustees (2016-2017) William G. Dolback, President; Nancy Tierney, Vice-President; Linda Bhatia & Keri Rhebergen Co-Treasurer; Trustees: Charlene Dreimiller, Tina Huestis, Eric Stoddard, Robert Lamb, Virginia LaPointe, Linda Bhatia, Keri Rhebergen, Sandra Trepanier, Tom Thatcher, Brian O’Connor and Mary Jo von Tury Smith.
Staff: Robin Trudeau ~ – Staff Assistant & Diane O’Connor ~ Program Assistant.
Thank You for your support during 2016. We are now opened only by appointment until mid- May. We take this time to do maintenance, install new exhibits and displays and prepare for a busy 2017’s program and event schedule.
Due to a pending snow storm we are cancelling our program – “Votes for Women” – from Friday, March 31st to Friday,
April 7 th – Same time 7 PM
For the 2017 season we will again have three major feature exhibits. “Votes for Women” – the first of schedule four year event which we will focus on women’s suffrage in New York State, where women won the right to vote in 1917, a full two years before the passage of the national amendment. Included is a look at notable women of the Adirondacks who took part in the campaign for voting rights.
“Til It’s Over Over There” – A two year schedule as we commemorate the United States’ entry into World War One, the controversy over the decision to join the war effort and its impact on the Adirondack and Lake Champlain regions.
“Steam boats A’Comin” – an examination and celebration of the 200th anniversary of steamboats on our region’s lakes. Included will be a look at the profound impact of the steamboat industry on commerce, tourism and the everyday lives of the people of the area.
2017 Exhibits & Programs
April 7th – Exhibit Opening and program presentation 7 PM – Presented in the Lowe Level – Assembly Room – by Diane O’Connor: Votes for Women: a multi-year exhibit focusing on women’s suffrage in New York State, where women won the right to vote in 1917, a full two years before the passage of the national amendment. Included is a look at notable women of the Adirondacks who took part in the campaign for voting rights.
April 21st – Exhibit Opening: 6:30 PM Sneak Peek – new Exhibit – 2nd Floor. 7 PM – Program on Lower Level – Assembly Room – Presented by President William Dolback – “Till It’s Over – Over There” – THS’s commemoration of United States’ entry into World War One.
May 5th – “The RMS Lusitania” – 7 PM – Program on Lower Level – Assembly Room. Presented by Trustee Robert Lamb
May 19th: Steamboats A’Comin: 6:30 PM Sneak Peek – new Exhibit – 2nd Floor. 7 PM – Program on Lower Level – Assembly Room. Presented by William Gates. An examination and celebration of the 200th anniversary of steamboats on our region’s lakes. Included will be a look at the profound impact of the steamboat industry on commerce, tourism and everyday lives of the people of the area.
June 2nd – Grace Leach Hudowalski Historical Marker dedication on the Ticonderoga Masonic Lodge (across from the Hancock House) Reception at the Hancock House.
June 9th – 7 PM – Free Movie Night – Lower Level – Assembly Room
July 14th – 7 PM – Free Movie Night – Lower Level – Assembly Room
July 15th – 7 PM – Special Musical Lawn Presentation – “Liberated Ladies” – Songs of Women’s’ Suffrage.
July 21nd – 7 PM – Program Lower Level – Assembly Room. Program — “Rosecrans: The Man General Grant Didn’t Like” ~~ Presented by Dr. Frank Varney.
Aug 1st – 2 PM – Hancock House Lawn – The young Vermont traveling troupe “Very Merry Theatre” returns with another children’s musical program – “Oklahoma”
Aug 12th – Summer A’Fair – our popular annual bake sale and white elephant tent takes place on the Hancock House grounds.
Aug 19th – Tentative – “Celtic Historical Celebration” TBD
Sept 29th – 7 PM – “Birth of an American Eagle- The Army Air Service in WWI”– Lower Level – Assembly Room – Presented by Trustee Brian O’Connor.
Oct 13th – 7 PM – “Steam – Propellers, Propulsion & Progress” – Lower Level – Assembly Room – Trustee Robert Lamb.
Oct 20th – 7 PM – Free Movie Night: “Harvey” – Lower Level – Assembly Room.
Nov 3rd – 7 PM – Tentative – “Postal History of Essex County” – Lower Level – Assembly Room – Presented by Postal Historian – Glenn Estes.
Dec 1st & 2nd – Special Holiday Bazar – Hancock House
Dec 3rd – 1 to 3 – Open House – “Festival of Trees”