Fort Ti to host History Day event

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will host a workshop for teachers on the National History Day contests.

North Country teachers interested in learning about how to become involved in this national program are invited to take part in a workshop at Fort Ticonderoga Friday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center.

Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation & Education Rich Strum serves as the North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day. The North Country Region includes schools in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties.

Fort Ticonderoga will host the North Country Region's History Day Contest on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

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 topic's 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.

There is a $10 charge for teachers to attend the workshop, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Teachers interested in more information or wishing to register for either workshop should contact Rich Strum at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 585-6370.

Additional information about History Day is available at www.nyshistoryday.org.

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