TICONDEROGA - The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that Fort Ticonderoga is receiving a $159,518 grant for its 2011 teacher education program.
The Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers grant was one of 20 nationally awarded NEH grants and one of only three in New York State.
The workshops for teachers focuses on "The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga," and will be offered twice - July 10-15 and July 24-29, 2011. Forty teachers will be accommodated in each session.
During the week, teachers will explore the rich history of Fort Ticonderoga, utilizing the museum's collections of objects, artworks, and manuscripts. Over a dozen professional historians, authors and professors will lead classes and discussion in their areas of expertise, providing teachers with concrete information and methods for using the information in their own classrooms.
Topics to be discussed include the role of the French & Indian War had in laying the groundwork for the coming Revolution, the people involved in the Revolution, and the lasting legacies of the struggle for American independence.
Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director, said "This prestigious grant allows Fort Ticonderoga an unparalleled opportunity to play a vital part in educating and inspiring American youngsters through their teacher's participation in this program."
The project directly relates to Fort Ticonderoga's mission to "ensure that present and future generations learn from the sacrifices, struggles and victories that shaped North America and changed world history."
The Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, a recreation of Fort Ticonderoga's magasin du Roi, will be the venue for the grant program throughout the summer of 2011.
Teachers may apply for the program on the fort's website at www.FortTiconderoga.org, where the information will be posted by Oct. 31. Participants that are accepted will also receive a stipend to help cover travel and overnight accommodation expenses.