Delving Into the Year 1776 with Educators

I am looking forward to this summer when we have a number of opportunities for educators to spend in-depth time at Fort Ticonderoga exploring various topics. We are now accepting applications from teachers to participate in the 2014 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute July 13-17, 2014. The focus of this year’s institute is “1776 at Ticonderoga” and will accommodate 14 teachers for a week-long exploration of the critical year of Independence as it unfolded at Fort Ticonderoga. Applications are due April 15th.

2013 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute participants pose on Mount Defiance at the beginning of their week.

2013 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute participants pose on Mount Defiance at the beginning of their week.

The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute is a great addition to our annual programs for educators. This important program builds on the success of our first teacher institute in 2013 and our on-going experience with the National Endowment for the Humanities teacher workshops we’ve hosted.

Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to offer this unique opportunity for a small group of teachers to spend a week digging into the wealth of documents, objects, and material culture related to a specific year at Fort Ticonderoga. Full-time classroom teachers and school librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously-affiliated schools are eligible to apply. Our growing partnership with the College of St. Joseph in Vermont gives participating teachers the opportunity to earn three graduate credits upon completion of the designated project. Fort Ticonderoga offers this week-long experience with limited out-of-pocket costs for teachers.

During the course of the week, teachers will work with author and historian James L. Nelson. They will explore topics related to the failed invasion of Canada and the subsequent retreat to Ticonderoga, the structure of the Continental Army, the construction and manning of a fleet to protect Lake Champlain, and how the events of 1776 at Ticonderoga helped lay the groundwork for a stunning American victory at Saratoga the following year.

Rowing a Bateau

Educators in a past Teacher Institute crew the Fort’s 30-foot bateau.

Teachers will work with original documents in the Fort Ticonderoga collection. Tim Potts, Past President of the New York State Council for the Social Studies, will interact with teachers throughout the week, leading them through pedagogical activities applicable in the classroom.

Several immersive experiences will allow teachers a greater appreciation of the day to day work of Continental soldiers that served at Ticonderoga in 1776. Teahers will become the crew of a 30-foot bateau on Lake Champlain, take part in wood-working activities, and cook a meal in an 18th-century field kitchen.

Interested teachers can learn more by visiting Fort Ticonderoga’s website at this link.

Rich Strum
Director of Education

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