Fort Ticonderoga gets History Day support

TICONDEROGA - Wal-Mart, through its Ticonderoga Supercenter, and Champlain National Bank recently committed to support North Country History Day, a program for students in grades 6-12 in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties.

The gifts will be used to fund the North Country History Day contest to be held on Saturday, March 13, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga.

Wal-Mart gave $1,000 and Champlain National Bank gave $500.

Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation & Education Rich Strum serves as the North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day.

National History Day, a year-long educational program sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical Association, encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

Fort Ticonderoga hosts nearly 2,000 school age children a year. Most take part in the "America's First Victory' program which re-enacts the capture of the fort by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys.

"Participation in National History Day can transform the way history is taught and learned, helping teachers meet standards and involving students in challenging contests that teach the critical skills they need to be effective citizens in the 21st Century," said Marci hall, Fort Ti spokeswoman.

North Country teachers interested in learning about how to become involved in this national program should contact Strum at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 585-6370.

Fort Ticonderoga opens for its 101st season on May 20 and the King's Garden will open June 1.

For a complete schedule of 2010 events go to www.FortTiconderoga.org. Additional information about History Day can be found there or by going to www.nyshistoryday.org

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