Fort Ticonderoga is seeking applicants for its 2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships designed for students seeking practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. The fellowships run from June 13 to August 12, 2016, and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.
“These fellowships for graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, American studies, or military history offer an opportunity to work side by side with our dedicated team,” noted Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill. “The interns will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga.”
“While working individually with their project supervisors,” added Rich Strum, Director of Education, “interns will also meet and work together throughout the two-month experience. Interns will have an opportunity to work with Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff as part of our team-approach to all major projects.”
Each year Fort Ticonderoga’s interpretation focuses on a specific year in the museum campus’ multi-layered history. This year’s fellows will help lay the ground work for exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives to be offered to the public in 2017. Interns need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience.
Successful applicants for the two-month fellowship will receive a $2,500 stipend along with on-site housing. Graduate students and qualified undergraduates interested in learning more details and applying should visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org/education/university-partnerships. Individual fellowships are available in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation. Applications are due April 1, 2016.
The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships launched in 2015 with four graduate students from Stonybrook University, Texas State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Western Michigan University. Projects completed by the 2015 fellows included researching and cataloging artillery-related artifacts and the design of hands-on components for the new exhibition “The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-Century Artillery” which opens in May 2016. Another fellow conducted research and transcribed the Philip Skene Papers in the collection for use with the 2016 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute focused on “British Perspectives on the American Revolution.” The Interpretation Fellow delved into the British use of Canadian Corvée during the 1777 invasion of New York. That ground-breaking research led to an invitation for Fellow Richard Tomczak to present his research at the 1st Conference of the European Labor History Network in Turin, Italy, in December 2015.
The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga are made possible with the support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and several generous individual donors.