Tenth Annual History Conference for Educators

The Great Wars: The French & Indian War and the First World War

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Tenth Annual History Conference for Educators on Friday, May 18, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m in the Mars Education Center. This day-long conference focuses on comparisons between the French & Indian War (1754-1763), known globally as The Seven Years' War, and the First World War (1914-1918) and features presentations by classroom teachers, museum educators, and archivists. 

The conference takes place on the Friday preceding Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Third 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.

This year's conference focuses on the new special exhibition "Great Wars" that opens in the Mars Education Center Gallery in May 2018 and runs through October 2019. "Great Wars" will be a new and exciting exhibit for Fort Ticonderoga. The exhibit will forge connections between the core story of Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century with the centennial of the First World War. The project will mobilize artifacts, documents, and photographs never before put on display. It provides us with an opportunity to make comparisons between the Seven Years' War (French & Indian War) with the first global conflict of the 20th century. 

Conference registration fee of $45 ($35 for educators also attending the War College) includes a box lunch.

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Session Descriptions for 2018:

The Seven Years' War (1754-1763) as the First Global Conflict

What became known as the Seven Years’ War started with a seemingly insignificant skirmish on the western Pennsylvania frontier in 1754. How did the French & Indian War become what Winston Churchill called “the first world war?” Can it’s origins be compared to the those of the First World War in 1914?

New Yorkers Respond to the Great War (1914-1918)

How does a global conflict impact local communities? Explore primary sources about food preservation and rationing, Liberty bonds, Red Cross community programs, farm and factory work, recruitment, casualties, and homecoming using documents from the New York State Archives to answer this question. Participants will receive copies of lesson plans and documents. 

Historical Thinking Skills Using French & Indian War and World War I Primary Sources

The presenters of this workshop will introduce participants to unique French & Indian War and World War I primary sources that are suitable for upper elementary- through high school-aged students. Using the primary sources, attendees will be introduced to Social Studies Labs, techniques/methodologies to create a “historical thinking” classroom, and uncommon case studies of World War I documents researched by the presenters from the NYS Archives, secondary source books, and Fort Ticonderoga collections. Participants will receive copies of these sources and lesson plans connected to the themes of the workshop. 

A World War I Ambulance Driver as a Case Study for using Personal Correspondence

Explore the “Great War” from the point of view of a volunteer ambulance driver on the western front in 1917 & 1918. Using a collection of over 150 letters home from the front, examine life on the front.