Past Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows

2016 Fellows



Riley Clark-Long discovered his passions for plants and history while growing up in Eastern Connecticut exploring the local farms and forests. Previous work as a summer camp Ecology instructor and as an intern for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has increased his interest in preservation and environmental education. Graduating from Connecticut College in May 2016 with a Major in Environmental Studies and Minor in Anthropology, Clark-Long is excited to conduct horticultural research at one of the most important historical sites in the Northeast!





Elizabeth Scully grew up in a small town on Long Island and has always had a love for history and museums. She received a B.A. in History from Adelphi University where her focus was on early American history. Currently she is pursuing a Master's degree in Museum Studies from New York University. When she receives her degree in May 2017 she hopes to work as a museum educator at a historic site developing and teaching programs for school groups.





James (Jimmy) Wils is a Ph.D. Student in Public History at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and holds a Master’s degree in American Military History from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Wils is passionate about the colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republican periods of American history, and is currently working on his dissertation about the physical memorial culture of the Early American Republic. When he is not thinking, reading, or writing about the past, Wils enjoys spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and his beautiful twin daughters, Reagan and Kinley.




Connor Wilson earned a Bachelor's in History at the University of Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public History at Texas State University. He is very interested in the colonial period, and looks forward to the chance to improve his knowledge and skills here at Fort Ticonderoga. Connor was awarded the Griswold Prize for Excellence in 2014 for his essay, "Benjamin Franklin and George Adams, Jr.: Enlightenment Entrepreneurs."


Fort Ticonderoga is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution open to the public since 1909. The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga in 2016 were made possible with support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and other generous individual donors.


2015 Fellows


I’m Cathrine Davis, a first year masters student in history at Université Laval. I received my bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Western Michigan University in Anthropology, French, and Public History, and worked primarily with material from the site of Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan. I’m formerly of Kalamazoo Michigan, and I currently live in Québec City, Québec.

In 2015, I worked as the EWP Graduate Fellow in Collections. My summer consisted of research on 18th-century artillery carriage hardware, and the management of artillery hardware in the collections. Though I was not versed in the complexities of artillery, I soon found the work very interesting. In a few weeks I felt like an expert and was able to process what I saw in the collections using French and English period sources available in the library, and with the help of trips up to the fort, Saratoga battlefield, Crown Point, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The most exciting part of the summer was the point at which I was able to look at a rusty iron object in the collections and point exactly to its location on an artillery carriage diagram from the 1700s, or when I saw the mystery artifact in its intended context on board a replica gunship, and suddenly everything made sense. During my time with the collections I was able to measure, label, photograph, number, and enter over 200 artifacts into the museum database for future research and exhibition.

Living with the other fellows also made my summer a great one. We had some wonderful long nights of UNO, swimming in Lake George with the interpreters, and even a pigs in a blanket cook-off. The staff at Fort Ticonderoga was like a family the whole summer, and always included us in potlucks and parties. Rarely have I been part of such a positive work environment.

I was thrilled to work at Fort Ticonderoga because it played a major role in the history of French America, and because the collections aligned with my research interests. My primary academic interests include trade during the colonial era (17-18th centuries), especially mercantilism, cultural exchange between Europeans and Native Americans, the fur trade in North America, and transatlantic trade between New France and Europe. My masters thesis is rooted in these interests, and concerns the analysis of lead markers found at French sites in North America that were attached to European textiles in accordance with laws put in place to track and assure the quality and quantity of the cloth. The week after I left Ticonderoga and moved to Québec City, I had the pleasure of discussing Fort Ticonderoga and my artillery research on air during an episode of a local student radio show 3600 secondes d’histoire. I plan on presenting on my undergraduate and graduate research this October in Windsor for the annual conference of the Center for French Colonial Studies, and hope to have an opportunity to speak about my experience at Fort Ti to my graduate student group (the Centre interuniversitaire des études québécoises) sometime this year, especially after their recent group visit to the fort.


A California native and graduate teaching fellow in the History Department at Texas State University, Heather M. Haley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History. She serves as President of the Sigma Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and volunteers as an oral history transcriber with the East Texas War and Memory Project and The National Museum of the Pacific War. Her historical research focuses on American military history, specifically the American military presence in Vietnam. Heather has a penchant for conducting oral histories including the initial research, interview process, and concluding transcription so that inclusion of oral history creates a more thorough and personal documentation of historical events. Her research and analysis of Agent Orange dispersal in Vietnam, with recent publication in Sound Historian, was well-received by editors, in part, due to the inclusion of such narratives. Her chapter, “Ranch Hands and Orange Clouds: Herbicidal Warfare and Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the Vietnam War,” won Best M.A. Paper at the Seventh International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University. Currently, Heather is in the final months of completing her Master’s degree in military history with a concentration in public history, and will begin her doctoral studies at Auburn University in the fall.



Matthew P. Schlicksup is a graduate student in Anthropology and Museum Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He has a background in archaeology and his current research interests focus on the French colonial presence in the Great Lakes region.  Matthew is also interested in public engagement at heritage sites, has been involved in building interpretive displays for the National Park Service in the Virgin Islands and for outdoor museums in Ohio, and currently works as a historic interpreter at Old World Wisconsin.  As a graduate fellow at Fort Ticonderoga, he looks forward to pursuing his personal interest in early modern military history, fortifications, and artillery.




Richard Tomczak is a Ph.D. student of early American history at Stony Brook Univeristy. His research focuses on the material and social condition of the New York Provincial Companies in the Seven Years' War. He received his Bachelors and Master's in History at SUNY Brockport, where he completed a Master's thesis on elite prisoners of war in the Revolutionary South.

Ricky's research project at Fort Ticonderoga focused on the Canadian Corvee whose work supported General John Burgoyne's invasion of New York in 1777. Ricky presented his research at the First Conference of the European Labor History Network in Turin, Italy, in December 2015. His paper, "French Canadian Laborers in the 1777 Northern Campaign" has been nominated as "Best Graduate Paper" by the New England Historical Association.


Fort Ticonderoga is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution open to the public since 1909. The 2015 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga in 2015 were made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support came from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and other generous individual donors.