Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute

"Forgotten: Overlooked Participants in the American Revolution"

July 22-27, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga invites teachers to apply to participate in the 2018 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute “Forgotten: Overlooked Participants in the American Revolution.”

Twelve teachers will spend a week at Ticonderoga, using the museum’s object and archival collections to explore the American Revolution from the point of view of often overlooked participants, including African Americans, Native Americans, Loyalists, and women. The week includes discussions with visiting history scholars along with practical methodologies for incorporating content into the classroom.

Fort Ticonderoga staff provides participants with behind-the-scenes opportunities, practical sessions on integrating documents and artifacts into the classroom, and immersive experiences related to the life of soldiers fighting for control of this pivotal wilderness outpost.

Structure, Content, and Faculty

The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute features lecture-based discussions with visiting scholars, experiential and immersive experiences related to the American Revolution at Ticonderoga, behind-the-scenes opportunities, document and artifact analysis using the Fort Ticonderoga Collection, as well as classroom applications. Participants take part in activities revolving around artifacts and documents in Fort Ticonderoga’s renowned collections linked to Historical Thinking practices, C3 Frameworks, and state learning standards.

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Institute Staff

Richard M. Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Academic Programs, serves as Institute Director. Rich has 29 years experience in the museum education field and has been at Fort Ticonderoga since 1999. He is the author of two books for young readers related to the American Revolution.

Timothy Potts has taught middle level Social Studies for 28 years at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York. He is a Past President of the New York State Council for Social Studies and current Treasurer. Tim has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on innovative ways to teach Social Studies.

Todd Braisted is one of our Visiting Scholars. Todd is the author of Grand Forage 1778 and an expert on the Loyalist experience during the American Revolution.

Joshua Canale is one of our Visiting Scholars. Josh has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University and teaches at SUNY Jefferson in Watertown, New York. He will lead discussions on the experiences of African Americans and women during the Revolution.

Maeve Kane is one of our Visiting Scholars. Maeve has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University and teaches at the University at Albany in Albany, New York. She will lead discussions on the experiences of the Iroquois during the Revolution.


Full-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously-affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply.


Fort Ticonderoga offers scholarships for teachers to attend the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute. The scholarship includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for five nights at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn and Suites, based on double-occupancy. A limited number of private rooms may be available at a cost of $90/night.
  • Welcome dinner on Sunday evening, breakfasts at the hotel Monday through Friday, and lunches at America’s Fort Café Monday through Thursday. A Wednesday evening picnic on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga is also included.
  • Admission to Fort Ticonderoga and all Teacher Institute activities.
  • Up to $800 to reimburse travel expenses (receipts required).
  • All teacher resources and books.

How do I Attend?

Teachers wishing to attend the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute must submit an application by April 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by April 25, 2018.

Successful applicants will have ten days to accept and pay a $150 deposit. This deposit will be refunded upon receipt and acceptance of the final project, due no later than September 15, 2018.

The most important part of the completed application is an essay of up to two double-spaced pages. This essay should include information about your professional background and interest in the subject of the Institute; your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the Institute; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.

Additionally, applicants should submit a letter of recommendation from the principal of your school or a letter from a department head or peer in support of your application.

Your completed application should be postmarked no later than April 15, 2018, and should be addressed as follows:

Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute
Fort Ticonderoga
PO Box 390
Ticonderoga, NY  12883-0390


International applications may be submitted by email to

Download an Application Here


The Mars Education Center at Fort Ticondeoga serves as the Institute base throughout the week. Housed within the recreated Magasin du Roi (King's Warehouse), the Mars Education Center provides modern classroom and meeting spaces with wifi for the museum's expanding education and academic programs.

Fort Ticonderoga, its museum, the Thompson-Pell Research Center, and the historic landscape will also be utilized during the week. The French began construciton of Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in 1755 during the French & Indian War. It fell to the British in 1759, who renamed it Ticonderoga. In 1775, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold led a successful raid to capture the Fort for the colonial cause. British and German forces under General John Burgoyne successfully recaptured the Fort in 1777.

Fort Ticonderoga fell into ruin after the Revolution. William Ferris Pell purchased the Fort and its surrounding garrison grounds in 1820, preserving the ruins of the Fort. His great-grandson and his wife, Stephen and Sarah Pell, began restoring Fort Ticonderoga in 1909. Today, Fort Ticonderoga is owned by the non-profit Fort Ticonderoga Association, which preserves the Fort and 2,000 surrounding acres.


We have arranged for Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute participants to be housed at Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn and Suites, located about two miles from Fort Ticonderoga. Rooms are based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms may be available. Teachers requesting a single room will need to pay $90/night—payable to “Fort Ticonderoga.” 

Graduate Credits

Teachers requiring graduate credits can accrue them through an arrangement with Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont. To earn three graduate credits, teachers must meet course requirements by submitting all assignments no later than September 15, 2018. The cost is $375 and will be paid to “Fort Ticonderoga.” Learn more.

Deadline and Notification

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by April 25, 2018, and will have until May 5, 2018, to accept or decline the offer. Teachers accepting the scholarship will need to pay the $150 deposit at the time of acceptance.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest. You can contact Rich Strum if you have any questions or need additional information at or (518) 585-6370. We anticipate an engaging, enlightening, and enjoyable week at Fort Ticonderoga and look forward to receiving your registration or application.