Category: Education

3 Steps to a Better French Army Portrayal for the French & Indian War

By Senior Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie In 2017, Fort Ticonderoga will be portraying the year 1757, with daily on-going programs, weapons demonstrations, and guided tours. The year will also feature epic living history events bringing to life French soldiers serving right here at Fort Carillon. Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, these French soldiers defended Canada […]

A President Visits Ticonderoga

By Rich Strum, Director of Education Several future U.S. Presidents visited Fort Ticonderoga in the late 18th century, including George Washington (1783), Thomas Jefferson (1791), and James Madison (1791), but to date, only one sitting President has visited Fort Ticonderoga—William Howard Taft on July 6, 1909. President Taft’s visit came during the Champlain Tercentenary Celebrations, […]

THE FORT TICONDEROGA MUSEUM LAUNCHES PUBLICATION OF ACADEMIC JOURNAL

After a 15-year hiatus, The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum returns in print with an issue focused on “1777: The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier.” The Bulletin, published for over seventy years, helped the Fort Ticonderoga Museum achieve an international reputation for original scholarship and research. Today, the rebirth of the Bulletin complements […]

Inquiry at Fort Ticonderoga: Helping Students Develop Historical Thinking Skills

Across the United States, Social Studies educators are picking up a new tool for use in their classroom. A new set of standards published in 2013 is the C3 Framework for Social Studies. This Framework creation was coordinated by the National Council for Social Studies and over 3,000 teachers and educators provided input. The main goal […]

Museum Education, going beyond Common Core

For the last five years since their introduction, the discussion surrounding the Common Core State Standards has dominated the field of education. Much of the discussion about the Common Core in the news and around our dinner tables neglects the fact that the Common Core State Standards primarily cover English Language Arts and Math. While […]

The Lifecycle of an Exhibit, Part I: De-Installation

There is a certain magic about walking into a new exhibit. A sense of mystery, surprise, and discovery greet you as you turn each corner. Thousands of visitors come to the Fort Ticonderoga’s museum exhibits each year, and many are impressed when they see a space completely redesigned and reinterpreted in the short months between […]

“Hands-on Minds-on!” Grants Support Fort Ticonderoga School Outreach

Thanks to generous support from several foundations, Fort Ticonderoga served over 800 students throughout the Adirondacks and in western Vermont during the current school year. The “Soldier’s Life at Fort Ticonderoga” program made up the majority of the programs. This program provides students with a tangible, hands-on, minds-on experience of history,” said Judy Contompasis, School […]