Eleventh Annual History Conference for Educators

May 17, 2019

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Eleventh Annual History Conference for Educators on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Mars Education Center. This day-long conference for educators this year focuses on civilian and military unrest throughout American history in the morning sessions. Afternoon sessions explore women’s history topics. Presentations are by classroom teachers, museum staff, and archivists

The conference takes place on the Friday preceding Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Fourth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War, a weekend-long seminar focused on the French & Indian War (1754-1763). Educators attending both the Conference and the War College receive a discount on conference registration.

The conference registration fee of $45 ($35 for educators also attending the War College) includes a boxed lunch.

Download a Conference Flyer and Registration Form

Session Descriptions:

 “All is Calm? Uncovering the Christmas Day Incident at Ticonderoga
On Christmas Day 1776 a riot erupted that threatened the lives of soldiers in the same army and revealed the fragile unity of the American revolutionary cause. Matthew Keagle, Curator at Fort Ticonderoga, will explore how this tale of the division was uncovered from centuries-old records and what it says about the remarkable struggle for independence.

Voices Loud and Clear: Civic Engagement 17th-21st Centuries
Primary sources related to civic engagement are located in every community. These historical records reveal the strong and emotional opinions and perspectives of individuals and groups participating in our democracy. Participants in this session will explore documents from both government and private repositories that illustrate New Yorkers making their voices heard. The opinions and perspectives of Native Americans, African Americans, mothers, farmers and more, on a variety of topics, will be examined and discussed for their historical content, initial purpose and tone, and how these resources can be used with students. Jessica Maul is Education Director for the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and Julie Daniels is the Director of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Public Broadcasting.

Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial
Explore the ways suffragists made their voices heard, even if they did not yet have the right to vote! Engage your students in the strategies suffragists used to gained support and spread their message through the primary sources that tell their story. By researching the suffrage movement students can be empowered to create change in their own lives. Kathryn Weller is Director of Education at the New York State Museum and Ashley Hopkins-Benton is a Senior Historian at the New York State Museum.

Remembering the Ladies: Anglo-American Women in the Lake Champlain Valley, 1759-1781
Examine the lives and roles of women at Ticonderoga and in the Lake Champlain Valley during times of peace and times of war. Through historical accounts, documents, and artifacts uncover the stories of women hidden in the shadows of Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic military History. Margaret Staudter is Registrar and Site Archaeologist at Fort Ticonderoga.

Remembering the Ladies Part II: The Pedagogy behind the Documents
Using the documents presented by Margaret Staudter, Tim Potts (RJK Middle School, Monticello, New York) delves into what he has coined “organic primary source research” and lesson development using an archive/historical site, or primary sources found in a secondary work. Tim will share his beliefs about student “buy-in” when it comes to primary sources and how teachers interact with them when they conduct their own research. Using a single document, he will share a template that has been successful in engaging students weekly with original sources. For New York State teachers the template will have parallels to the new global exam’s constructed response format.