Teachers, Teachers, Teachers

It may be early December, but plans are well underway for multiple opportunities for educators next summer at Fort Ticonderoga.

We are delighted to be hosting two National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School teachers in July 2014. Eighty teachers from across the country will spend a week at Fort Ticonderoga participating in “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga.”

Fort Ticonderoga is one of only 17 institutions and universities offering NEH Landmarks Workshops in the summer of 2014. These workshops focus on the humanities, providing teachers with an in-depth week with site staff and visiting scholars who are noted experts in their fields. Through a series of lecture-discussions, tours, and pedagogical activities, teachers have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the workshop content at a level rarely afforded them.

In “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier,” teachers will delve into the early years of the American Revolution as they unfolded at Fort Ticonderoga and the surrounding region. They’ll have the opportunity to work with well-known scholars as they explore the roles of various groups in the Revolution. Among the scholars is Holly Mayer, from Duquesne University, who will discuss the role of women during the Revolution with one week’s participants. Holly is the author of Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution, a landmark work in combating decades-old stereotypes. Holly’s current research involves the often overlooked Canadians who enlisted in the Continental Army during the invasion of Canada in 1775-76 and remained with the army after the invasion’s failure.

This is the second time we’ve offered “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier.” In 2011, eighty teachers from as far away as Skagway, Alaska, took part in the workshop and provided valuable feedback that enables us to offer an even better program in 2014. You can access comments and a video with past participants on our website.

Participation in the NEH Landmarks Workshops is open through a competitive application process. The application window is now open—applications are due by March 4, 2014. You can learn more about the workshops and how to apply here.

Also in July 2014, we offer the “Second Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute: 1776 at Ticonderoga.” This smaller, more focused institute for sixteen teachers provides participants with immersive opportunities with our Interpretation staff, opportunities to work in small groups with primary sources and objects, and features scholar James L. Nelson, author of Benedict Arnold’s Navy, who will discuss the year 1776 as it unfolded here at Ticonderoga and the surrounding region in a series of lecture-discussions. Helping crew our bateau, cooking with our staff at the camp kitchen, and learning rudimentary wood-working skills are a few of the hands-on elements of the week. Teacher Institute participants will be staying at Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center on beautiful Lake George and be able to take advantage of the numerous recreational activities available each evening. Participation for the Teacher institute is also open through a competitive application process. Applications are due by March 1, 2014.

We are also working with the Living History Education Foundation to offer a third option for teachers in the summer of 2014. While we are still in the planning stages for this week-long program, I can say that “The Labor of Liberty: Defending Independence in 1776” takes a hands-on approach to learning about the lives of Continental soldiers. Participants will crew a bateau, cook up rations, help construct a soldiers’ hut, create a knapsack, and spend a night in garrison in the Soldiers’ Barracks. Registration for this program will be through the Living History Education Foundation on their website.

For teachers not able to commit to spending an entire week at Fort Ticonderoga, we offer the Sixth Annual Conference on Colonial America for Educators on Friday, May 16th. This day-long conference focuses on the years 1609-1783 and includes presentations by classroom teachers, museum educators, and archivists. This year I am delighted to have teachers from as far away as the Syracuse and Albany areas presenting. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how teachers connect their students with colonial history. Registration for the day is just $40 and includes lunch. You can learn more and download a flyer and registration form here.

We’ve got a busy summer ahead of us, with over 100 teachers expected to participate in our week-long offerings in July & August. Please help us spread the word about the fantastic opportunities available to teachers you may know!

Rich Strum
Director of Education

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