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BH-50588-13

Fort Ticonderoga Association (Ticonderoga, NY 12883-0390)
Richard Strum (Project Director: 03/07/2013 to present)

The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers focused on Fort Ticonderoga as a critical outpost in the northern frontier during the early years of the Revolution.

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers focused on Fort Ticonderoga as a critical outpost in the northern frontier during the early years of the Revolution. Fort Ticonderoga, often called the "Key to a Continent" and the "Gibraltar of the North," was central to the first three years of the American Revolution. Considering the Fort within the geographical context of Lake Champlain and the northern frontier, the workshop focuses on the people involved on both sides of the Revolution and the often overlooked role of Benedict Arnold. It explores the French and Indian War and the Saratoga Campaign as it addresses the larger impact of the northern campaign on the Revolution. Noted scholars from across the country, including William Fowler (Northeastern University), Thomas Chambers (Niagara University), Jon Parmenter (Cornell University), Douglas Egerton (Le Moyne College), James Kirby Martin (University of Houston), Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York), Judith Van Buskirk (State University of New York at Cortland), and Holly Mayer (Duquesne University), lead participants in a week of lecture-based discussions, each of which is coordinated with a theme, document, and artifact of the day. For example, Benedict Arnold's Declaration of Principles, written and signed in June 1775, presages many of the phrases in the Declaration of Independence, and is used to illustrate the theme "Benedict Arnold: An Unlikely Hero." Similarly, Asher B. Durand's painting "The Murder of Jane McRae" supports a discussion about how both sides employed propaganda during the Saratoga Campaign. The daily theme, document, and artifact generate opportunities for participants' primary research. Fort Ticonderoga comprises a historic landscape with numerous structures and object-rich exhibits, as well as thousands of original manuscripts, diaries, orderly books, and maps; participants also visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the site of Fort St. Frederick, and Saratoga Battlefield. With the option to design lessons individually or as part of a small group, participants learn how to read and interpret historic sites, documents, and artifacts while preparing teaching modules. Participants use a primary source reader to aid in their research. A reading list of secondary sources includes James Nelson's Benedict Arnold's Navy and Richard Ketchum's Saratoga.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$173,180 (approved)
$160,437 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014