The Fort Ticonderoga Association recently awarded Harvard Business School Historian, David A. Moss the 2020 Ticonderoga Award for a Continental Vision during the Annual Ticonderoga Ball held in New York City at the Union League Club. Moss received the award for his revolutionary approach to history and civic education.
In 2017, Moss’s book “Democracy: A Case Study” catapulted his newest big idea which combined the method of examining history as a case study and linking pivotal moments in American history where disagreement and conflict reshaped our democracy for the better. Starting with a course for undergraduates and M.B.A. students, Moss recognized the power of the approach and relevance of the content. In 2014, the first pilot program introduced teachers to this case-based approach to teaching American democracy in the classroom. Today this program has expanded to classrooms across the nation. Through this program, students and teachers are engaged with the topics of history and democracy which present a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education engagement in the United States.
With a deep belief in the importance of publically minded scholarships, Moss also founded the Tobin project, pulling together a network of more than 1000 professors and partners to address major societal issues and disseminate new ideas to impact policy, government and nation in areas of government and markets, economic inequality, the institution of democracy, and national security.
“In 1776, soldiers from across the young United States joined together to defend Ticonderoga. Those soldiers of the Continental Army served a cause that was greater than their individual towns, cities, and states. Their continental vision was not just an acknowledgement of the past, but a path for the future,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Ticonderoga recognizes this same sensitivity in the present, by honoring those such as Dr. Moss who respect our past, connect it to the present, and show a broad vision for our future. David Moss and his work embodies the spirit of this award.”
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 a multi-day destination and 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.