Fort Ticonderoga is preparing to host two week-long National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for school teachers this July. Seventy-two teachers from 37 different states have been selected from a national applicant pool to attend “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga.” The Fort Ticonderoga program is one of twenty-one programs nation-wide being offered for teachers this summer. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in the humanities disciplines.
Participating teachers receive a $1,200 stipend from the NEH to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses during the week they are in Ticonderoga. The same workshop will be offered twice, July 12-17 and July 26-31, accommodating 36 teachers each week. Rich Strum, the Director of Education at Fort Ticonderoga, is the project director for the workshops.
Participating teachers will meet with NEH visiting scholars from across the country. Topics during the week include the French & Indian War, Overlooked Participants in the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold, the 1777 Northern Campaign, and the Legacies of the Revolution. Visiting scholars include:
- Jon Parmenter (Cornell University)
- James Kirby Martin (University of Houston)
- Holly Mayer (Duquesne University)
- Douglas Egerton (Lemoyne College)
- Tom Chambers (Niagara University)
- William Fowler (Northereastern University)
Topics for the twenty-one NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer at other venues range from the American Revolution, 19th-century reform movements, the industrial revolution, the civil rights movement, and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. The approximately 1,360 teachers who participate in these studies will teach more than 170,000 American students in the coming school year.
To learn more about professional development opportunities for teachers at Fort Ticonderoga, visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org, click on the “Education” tab and select “Educators” on the drop-down menu.