The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership has recently awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to support a graduate-level student intern to develop historical content about the role of the Champlain Valley in early American history from 1609-1815, with an emphasis on the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, the focus of the 2020 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute.
The 2019 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellow in Education, supported by the grant, is Emily Grenier. Emily is a Master’s candidate in American history at the University of Delaware. She is also pursuing a Museum Studies Certificate. The focus of her historical research is Colonial North America and the French Atlantic World.
“Support from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership will provide Emily with an opportunity to delve into the rich archival and object resources in the Fort Ticonderoga collection,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Emily will also have an opportunity to develop and acquire skills related to using material culture, archival resources, place-based education, and current best practices in education to teach teachers how to engage students in the rich 17th– through early 19th-century history of the Champlain Valley and beyond.”
The Graduate Fellowship program serves as an opportunity to work with Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff as part of a team-approach to all major projects. Professional development opportunities during the fellowships will include visits from outside scholars and field trips. In general, project-specific work will encompass about 50% of the fellow’s time. The remaining half will be taken up with day-to-day tasks in their department, providing a wide-ranging experience working at a historic site and museum.
This project is funded by an agreement (P18AC01302J) awarded by the United States National Park Service (NPS) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. NEIWPCC manages CVNHP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities.
About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Photo: Theresa Ball from the University of Washington was the 2017 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellow in Research at Fort Ticonderoga.