Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute

"World Wars: Historical Comparison of the French & Indian War (1754-1763) and World War I (1914-1918) 

July 21-26, 2019

Winston Churchill once remarked that the geographical range of the Seven Years’ War (known as the French & Indian War in North America) could very well have constituted the “first world war.” Fort Ticonderoga invites teachers to dive into this assessment at the 2019 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute “World Wars: Historical Comparison of the French & Indian War and World War I.”

Twelve teachers will spend a week at Ticonderoga, using the museum’s object and archival collections to examine the origins, scope, evolved warfare, failures, and subsequent consequences of both wars. 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.

Structure, Content, and Faculty

The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute features lecture-based discussions with visiting scholars, experiential and immersive experiences related to the Seven Years’ War and World War I, 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.


Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers in public, charter, independent, religious-affiliated schools are eligible. Teachers will be accepted from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories.


Fort Ticonderoga offers competitive 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.
  • Admission to Fort Ticonderoga and all Teacher Institute activities.
  • Up to $800 to reimburse travel expenses (receipts required).
  • All teacher resources and books.

Application Information

Teachers wishing to attend the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute must submit an application. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2019.

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, 2019.

The most important part of the completed application is a personal statement of up to two double-spaced pages. This document 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.

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 must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2019, 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 Form


Facilities and Housing

Our daily activities will primarily occur in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Housed within the recreated Magasin du Roi (King's Warehouse), the Mars Education Center provides modern classroom and meeting spaces with Wi-Fi for the museum's expanding education and academic programs.

Teacher Institute participants will stay at the 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, 2019. The cost is $375 and will be paid to “Fort Ticonderoga.” 

Deadline and Notification

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2019, and will have until April 25, 2019, 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 in the 2019 Teacher Institute! If you have any additional questions, contact Director of Academic Programs, Rich Strum at or (518) 585-6370.