This year's "Material Matters! It's in the Details" seminar takes place November 7 & 8, 2015. This weekend seminar focuses on 18th-century material culture and it intended for people interested in what objects can tell us about life in the 18th century.


The early bird registration deadline is October 1st! Register by then and you can save $25 on the cost of registration. We also offer a special discount for college or graduate students and young museum professionals aged 30 or less! 

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Fifth Annual
Material Matters: It's in the Details!
November 7 & 8, 2015
Fort Ticonderoga presents the Fifth Annual Material Matters: It's in the Details weekend on November 7 & 8, 2015, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. We invite you to join us for this weekend focused on the material culture of the 18th century. The informal setting promotes interaction between presenters and attendees throughout the weekend. Presenters are experts in their fields. Box lunches Saturday and Sunday are included in the registration fee.


A Revolution in Wood: The Buckets, Boxes, and Canteens of Hingham, Massachusetts- On the eve of the American Revolution Hingham coopers worked around the clock to produce thousands of drinking vessels and other woodenware for the Massachusetts militia. This presentation explores these finely crafted containers and their evolution from vital utensil to decorative accessory. Derin Bray is an art & antiques dealer and consultant specializing in early American furniture, folk art, and decorative arts. He is the author of Bucket Town: Woodenware & Wooden toys of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635-1945.
18th-Century Military Use of Tinware- Tinplate objects were functional, light, and cheap, qualities that appealed to the 18th-century military for their logistic importance. Armies and navies of Western European nations consumed good amounts of tinware that was often produced in their own armouries. The Williamsburg Armoury Tinshop is a case of a well-documented metal-working site expanding into the production of tinware to supply Virginia troops.  Steve Delisle is Journeyman Tinsmith at the James Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Publick Armoury at Colonial Williamsburg.
American-made Bayonets during the War for Independence - At the onset of the American Revolution, many  blacksmiths were called upon to make bayonets for American forces. This presentation will analyze a series of American-made bayonets and discuss the variety of ways in which they were constructed by these smiths. Derek Heidemann is the owner of Resurrection Iron Works and Coordinator of Men's Crafts at Old Sturbridge Village.
The Clothing of Conflict: Military Dress at Fort Ticonderoga- Fort Ticonderoga's uniform collection represents an almost unbroken catalog of the evolution of military dress from the 1770s through the 1840s, making it the most comprehensive of its kind in North America. This presentation will introduce the scope of the collection, share its highlights, and present the results of new research on this important resource.   Matthew Keagle is the Curator of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum.
George Washington's Disappearing Ribbon and the Memory of the American Revolution - From 1775 to 1779, General George Washington wore a blue silk shoulder ribbon as the symbol of his rank as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.   This talk evaluates the possibility that a recently re-discovered blue-moire-silk ribbon in Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography is in fact Washington's Revolutionary War decoration.   It highlights evidence in the technology used in the object's construction, and also explores the cultural history of its ownership and display as a "relic" of Washington.  Phil Mead  is Historian and Curator at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
Clothing Rogers Rangers- Continuing with the theme of 18th-century clothing, this presentation discusses the materials that survive from the companies of Rangers that served in North America during the final French & Indian War. Powder Horns, buttons, knives, and other items that actually belonged to these men will be the focus, as well as relevant examples that survive from that period. Simultaneously, examination of the surviving written records on Rangers will provide a deeper idea of what objects these men carried with them and what they were made of. After all, the materials really do matter to understand their world. Gibb Zea is Artificer Tailor at Fort Ticonderoga.

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Fort Ticonderoga is the site of strategic military significance in the 18th century, landmark preservation and tourism in the 19th century, and monumental restoration in the 20th century. Today, it is a non­profit educational organization, a thriving learning campus, a museum with world­-renowned collections, and a major cultural destination in one of America's most beautiful settings.