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Fort Ti offers school programs incorporating interdisciplinary skills

Fort Ticonderoga has a series of new programs available for students throughout the 2011-2012 school year that incorporate interdisciplinary skills and explore Fort Ticonderoga’s story.

Fort Ticonderoga has a series of new programs available for students throughout the 2011-2012 school year that incorporate interdisciplinary skills and explore Fort Ticonderoga’s story.

— Fort Ticonderoga has a series of new programs available for students throughout the 2011-2012 school year that incorporate interdisciplinary skills and explore Fort Ticonderoga’s story.

In “The Artist’s Eye: Geography, Art and History,” students participate in a program focused on developing observation and critical analysis skills while learning about the region’s history and geography. The program utilizes the works of art in the special exhibition “The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America’s Great Artists.”

Students have the opportunity to experience what it was like to be a soldier in the Continental Army at Fort Ticonderoga in “To Act as One United Body: in the Steps of the Continental Soldiers.” Students and chaperones form their own platoon of soldiers, learn the teamwork and discipline necessary to become a unit just as the soldier did during the American Revolution. The program includes a musket demonstration and explanation of tactics using formations students will practice. Students will also learn about how soldiers slept and ate under the cover of tents and brush huts. This program provides a strong cooperative activity that brings history to life.

Again this year, Fort Ticonderoga serves as the North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day. The National History Day program 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. Students create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level. Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day, serving students in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties in New York State.

The North Country History Day Regional Contest will be held on Saturday, March 10, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. The theme for the 2011-12 school year is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

“Fort Ticonderoga is delighted to offer off-site visits to schools and groups that highlight curriculum goals and incorporate Fort Ticonderoga’s rich history,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director.

The programs are offered throughout the school year. For additional information about Fort Ticonderoga’s educational programs, visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org

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