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Richard Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education, serves as Project Director for the workshop. Rich has twenty-seven years experience in the museum education field and has been at Fort Ticonderoga since 1999. He is the author of three books for young readers related to the American Revolution.

Timothy Potts, middle school teacher at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York, serves as Teacher Facilitator for the workshop. Tim has taught middle school social studies for over twenty-five years and was named the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) Middle Level Educator of the Year in 2005. He is a past President of NYSCSS and served on the faculty of the NEH Landmarks workshop “The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry” in 2009 and “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga” in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

Visiting Scholars


Todd Braisted is an independent historian and founder of the Loyalist Institute. He is the co-author of Moving On: Black Loyalists in the Afro-Atlantic World.



Joshua Canale received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 2014. His dissertation "American Dictators: Committees for Public Safety during the American Revolution, 1775-1784" studies executive police powers and coercion during the revolutionary era.



Tom Chambers is Associate Professor of History at Niagara University and author of Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic. He is also chairman of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission and serves on the New York State Governor’s History Task Force.



Douglas Egerton, history professor at LeMoyne College, is the author of Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. He has written extensively on slavery and race relations and has a degree from Georgetown University.





William Fowler is Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University and former Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he has written a number of American history books including Empires at War, an overview of the French & Indian War, and American Crisis, a look at the Continental Army in 1782-1783.



James Kirby Martin is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Houston and the author of numerous books related to the American Revolution including Benedict Arnold: Revolutionary Hero and Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.



Holly Mayer is Chair of the History Department at Duquesne University and is the author of Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the Revolution. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.




James Nelson is an historian with a strong background in maritime history. He is the author of Benedict Arnold’s Navy and George Washington’s Secret Navy.





Jon Parmenter is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. He is the author of The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701 and a number of articles related to Iroquois history. He is currently working on a biography of Sir William Johnson.




Eric Schnitzer is a Park Ranger and Historian at Saratoga National Historical Park and expert on the Northern Campaign of 1777, especially as related to General John Burgoyne.



Mary Beth Sievens is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the State University of New York at Fredonia and the author of Stray Wives: Marital Conflict in Early National New England. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Boston University.




Erick Tichonuk is the Deputy Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, a long-time educator, and an underwater archaeologist.




Judith Van Buskirk is Associate Professor of history at the State University of New York at Cortland and specializes in early American history, especially related to women and Loyalists.