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Perpetuating American Traditions for Future Generations

About the Ticonderoga Historical Society & Program and Events Schedule

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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 (2017-2018)  William G. Dolback – President; Virginia LaPointe – Vice President; Linda Bhatia – Treasurer;  Trustees:  Charlene Dreimiller, Tina Huestis,  Eric Stoddard,  Robert Lamb,   Sandra Trepanier, Tom Thatcher, Brian O’Connor and Mary Jo von Tury Smith.


Staff:  Diane O’Connor ~  Program  Assistant



Operating Hours:     Currently closed, open by appointment only.  Begin 2018 Season – late spring.





Featured Event

THS’s 2018 –  Theme Exhibits 

“Votes for Women” – The second year of a four year series of exhibits and programs that  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.  





Exhibit Room – 2nd Floor




2018 Schedule of Exhibits and Programs 

Principal exhibits planned for 2018 will continue to explore significant historical anniversaries and their impact on our region.  All events take place at the Hancock House, unless noted, all events are free.  Program times and dates are subject to change.

Exhibit Openings and Lectures

April, 20th -, 7 PM” Imprisoned for the Cause” – focuses on the violence directed at peaceful picketers who supported women’s right to vote.  Diane O’Connor, THS Program Assistant presents the opening talk

May, 18th – 7 PM“Meuse-Argonne:  The Beginning of the End of the War to End all Wars” – A key part of the Allied offensive that would end the First World War, learn how this decisive battle turned the tide and how New York troops were an instrumental part in the victory.  Brian O’Connor, THS Trustee presents the opening talk.

June, 8th –  7 PM“50 Years from Today:  How 1968 Changed Us All” – 1968 was perhaps the most historic year in modern history.  Join us for a look at this year of triumph and tragedy; accomplishment and assassination – and learn how this momentous year changed your life forever.

Special Programs and Movie Nights


An interesting, informative and enjoyable line-up of programs and activities are planned.  Check our Facebook page or website for information as dates area assigned.  Then join us for any or all of our events – always free to the public!


May 23rd – Hancock House opens – Wed – Sunday – 10 AM until 4 PM


July 1 – Hancock House Opens Daily – 10 AM – 4 PM


July TBDVery Merry Theatre – A delightful performance on the Hancock House lawn by this accomplished youth theater group.

Jul 14th – 7 PM — “Soldiers and Suffragettes”  -A music hall of the WW1 era.  A noisy, entertaining venue where soldiers on leave can enjoy a few hours respite from the ordeal of The Front and listen to the best hot jazz of 1918 — while suffragettes agitate for the right to vote and spies and intrigues are at work in the audience.

July, 27th – 7 PM“The 42nd Regiment of Foot” – (Black Watch) – view our newest exhibit and learn about the famous Scottish Black Watch Regiment, their exploits at the 1758 Battle of Carillon (Fort Ticonderoga) and their distinguished service around the World.

Aug, 11th“Summer A’Faire”  – On the Hancock House lawn.

Aug, 17th – 7 PM –  “The Other Milhollands:  John and Vida” – The amazing and tragically short life of Inez Milholland is well know. However, her father and sister stand out as accomplished historical figures as well.  Learn about John – inventor, entrepreneur, editor of the Ticonderoga Sentinel and leader in the Progressive Movement; and Vida – suffragette and accomplished concert soprano.

Sept, 21st – 7 PM “Lake George Shipwrecks” – Beneath the waters of one of America’s most scenic lakes, lies a realm of forgotten history – a trove of shipwrecks stretching back to 1758.  Learn more about the fascinating story what lies below.

Oct, 19th – 7 PM  – “Victorian Ghost Photography” – The late 1800s spurred a great interest in psychic phenomena, séances, spiritualism and – ghost photography.  Join us for an eerie and fascinating look at the whys and wherefores of this interest in spiritualism and the seeking of life “beyond the veil.”

Nov 28 through December 29“Festival of Trees”

Nov 30 -December 1“Holiday Museum Gift Shops”

Dec 2 – 1 to 3 PM“Festival of Trees” Open House


Free Movie Nights


  • April,  27th – 7 PM“The Fighting 69th” – A rollicking, rowdy, all-star cast highlights this look at the famous New York Regiment and their exploits in WWI.
  • June 1st – 7 PM “The Odd Couple” – the 50th anniversary of this delightful comedy.
  • October 26th – 7 PM – Arsenic and Old Lace – All star- cast — The perfect comedy for Halloween!


Special Events

Saturday, July 14th @ 7 PM – A free community participation event!

“Soldiers and Suffragettes”  —- Join us as we travel back in time to a Music Hall of the World War One era – a noisy, entertaining venue where you will enjoy the biggest musical hits of 1918 and where soldiers on leave can enjoy a few hours respite from the ordeals of “The Front” – while suffragettes agitate for their right to vote and spies and intrigue are present in the audience – Mystery and History are afoot!  (This event is partially funded by an award  from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ 2018 De-centralization Grant .)  


Saturday, August 25th @ 10:30 AM – Walking Tour – Alexandria/ Upper Falls Area 

An invitation to enjoy a walking tour of the earliest settled area in the town.  Town Historian and THS President Bill Dolback leds participants in an easy walk about starting at the Upper Falls Dam, along Alexandria Avenue to Water Street.

Saturday, May 12th – Bus Trip: New York State Museum 

A day trip for everyone – a trip  to the New York State Museum at Albany, NY to visit the Museum’s World War One and Women’s Suffrage Exhibits. Include a lunch and a stop at the Albany Tulip Festival.


Hancock House Colonial Garden Program

Tentative – September –  A Hancock House Colonial Garden Program – A special program devoted to learning about the Hancock House Colonial Garden’s medicinal and culinary herbs.