The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host an exhibit on “Salmon and People,” from June 1 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.”
“Lake Champlain was home to a vibrant population of land-locked salmon for many years,” said THS President Bill Dolback. “Sadly, overfishing, the construction of dams and habitat loss caused salmon to all but disappear by the mid-1800s.” The reintroduction is an historic event, and we are pleased to be able to present this important exhibit and program.”
The free public program at 7 p.m. on June 21 will feature speaker Dr. William Ardren, Senior Fish Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region. Ardren has been at the forefront of research and efforts to overcome multiple conservation problems. These are as far ranging as vitamin deficiency in fish to the effect of chemical odorants that influence the fish in returning to spawning grounds. Most recently, Ardren received the Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment at the March 2019 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
The traveling exhibit may be viewed during regular Hancock House Museum hours, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. seven days a week. Reservations are not necessary to attend the free program on June 21, but seats may be reserved by calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com.