Fort Ticonderoga will host the Seventh Annual Colonial America Conference for Educators on Friday, May 15, 2015, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. This day-long conference, while intended for educators, is open to anyone with an interest in helping connect students with history. The conference focuses on the period 1609-1783 and features presentations by classroom teachers, museum educators, and archivists.
The conference precedes Fort Ticonderoga’s Twentieth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War, a weekend-long seminar focused on the French & Indian War (1754-1763). Educators attending both the Conference and the War College receive a discount on conference registration and are eligible to earn one graduate credit through Castleton State College in Vermont.
Presentations at this year’s conference include:
- “War Comes to the Convent: The Ursulines & the Siege of Quebec” led by Kathleen Baker from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
- “The American Revolution through British Eyes Part II” led by Tim Potts from Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York.
- “Things Left Behind: Using Wills and Estate Inventories to Teach the Inquiry Process” led by Julie Daniels from the New York State Archives and Jessica Maul from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.
- “Viewpoints on the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga” led by Judd Kramarcik from the Islip School District in Islip, New York.
- “Using Art, Primary Source and Children’s Literature to Explore American Revolution” led by Tod Guilford from Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, New Hampshire.
- “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident” led by Wendy Bergeron from Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.
- “The End of an Atlantic Life: The Death of Sir William Johnson (1774) in Imperial Context” led by Jon Parmenter from Cornell University.
Pre-registration to attend the conference is required. The cost is $40 per person ($35 for educators also attending the War College) and includes a box lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Educators” on the drop down menu. You can learn about other opportunities for educators at Fort Ticonderoga in 2015 on the same page.