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New Revolutionary War Exhibit Opening at Mount Independence

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"Voices of the Revolution" Heard at Mount Independence

Orwell - Hear Revolutionary War soldiers talk about the triumphs and
tragedies of defending Lake Champlain when Mount Independence State Historic
Site opens a new computer interactive exhibit at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday,
August 21.

"Voices of the Revolution" is a larger than life sculpture of American and
British soldiers that includes hologram portraits speaking to visitors about
garrison life at this fort site.  In one excerpt an American officer
recounts the difficulties and frustrations of building Mount Independence
without enough men or supplies.  In another, he talks about the night the
rebel forces frantically evacuated the site.  A British soldier on the other
hand, talks about the ease with which his forces eventually took Mount
Independence.  Historian.  Project consultant, Don Wickman refers to the new
exhibit as "a blend of modern technology bringing alive Revolutionary War
trials and tribulations at Mount Independence."

The sculpture also houses touch screen computers that give visitors a chance
to browse through quotes and excerpts from the diaries, letters, journals
and orderly books kept by the soldiers stationed at the Mount
Independence/Fort Ticonderoga complex

The sculpture will be unveiled in a special ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

The exhibit was made possible with funding from the A.D. Henderson
Foundation,  the Walter Cerf Foundation,  the Vermont Community Foundation,
the State of Vermont, and the Mount Independence Coalition.

Mount Independence was the sister fort to Ticonderoga during the
Revolutionary War and played a key role in delaying a British attack from
Canada in 1776.

The Mount Independence State Historic Site is located on the shores of Lake
Champlain, 5 miles west of the juncture of routes 22A and 73 in Orwell.  The
Visitor Center and Museum is wheelchair accessible and is open daily from
9:30 to 5:30.  For more information call Audrey Porsche at (802) 759-2412
or(802) 948-2000.

Please pass this information along to anyone who may be interested.  Thank
you.

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