Forts of the Empire State, Fort Ticonderoga, Fort William Henry, Fort Edward, Crown Point, lake cruises

Date: August 3, 2009 - August 7, 2009

Location: Fort Edward, Fort William Henry, Fort Ticonderoga
Contact Hours: 45
Cutoff Date: June 15, 2009
Cost: $375
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Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the French and Indian War in upstate New York. Hear about the British and American perspectives. Tour the forts, stand on the high ground, cruise the lakes, and walk the shores of the war that became part of American history, literature, and movies. Participants will hear from a range of speakers, receive curriculum materials, leave with a better understanding of the war, and bring that excitement and experience back to the classroom.

8/3 Monday, Fort Ticonderoga
8:30 Welcome and Overview
9:00 “Naval Campaigns of the French and Indian War at Lake George and Lake Champlain,” Russ Bellico, author
10:00 Break
10:15 “Winning the War, Losing the Peace: The Strategic Consequences of the French and Indian War for Britain and its American Colonies,” Ray Raymond, SUNY and United States Military Academy
11:15 “Fort Ticonderoga in the French and Indian War,” Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Education curator
12:15 Lunch
1:30 King’s Garden Tour
2:45 Camp Cooking: Lori Fox, Fort Ticonderoga educator
4:00 Role of Music in the 18th-Century military, Mike Edson, Fort Ticonderoga Educator 1st grade teacher and Jason McGarry, high school teacher
5:15 Mount Defiance – Rick Salazar, Abenaki Storyteller
7:00 Dinner: Emerald Restaurant [optional]

8/4 Tuesday, Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Cruise
9:00 “Who won the French and Indian War? A British Perspective,” Ray Raymond, SUNY and USMA
10:00 “Battle of Valcour Island,” James Nelson, author
11:00 Fife & Drum Corps performance, Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps
11:30 Musket & Artillery demonstration, Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps
12:15 Lunch
2:00 Crown Point State Historic Site
5:00 Dinner Carillon Cruise

8/5 Wednesday, Fort Ticonderoga
9:00 French Lines and the Black Watch, Rich Strum
10:15 Thompson-Pell Research Center tour, Chris Fox & Mark Turdo Pell Archives Center
11:30 Women’s History of Fort Ticonderoga, Amy Crannell, Fort Ticonderoga Educator and teacher
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Tour of the Fort and the grounds
19th Century Tourism, Rich Strum
2:45 Primary Sources activity, Rich Strum
4:00 Museum Store opportunity
5:00 Depart for Whitehall
6:00 Dinner: Whitehall
7:15 Skenesborough Museum and Heritage Area Visitors Center

8/6 Thursday: Fort Edward and Fort William Henry Rogers Island Visitor Center
9:00 Welcome to Rogers Island Visitor Center
9:05 Archaeology in Fort Edward and Rogers Rangers: Learning Channel video
9:30 Guided tour of Rogers Island Visitor Center
10:00 “Fort Edward Archaeology,” David Starbuck, Plymouth State University
11:00 Walking tour of Rogers Island/Major Robert Rogers Memorial State Park
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Archaeological Field School lunchtime lecture
1:00 Archaeological Site Tour, David Starbuck
2:15 Old Fort Museum
Jane McCrea: Facts, Myths and Legends
Old Fort House Museum: Tour
History of Fort Edward Historical Society

Fort William Henry
4:15 “Fort William Henry Archaeology,” David Starbuck
5:15 Fort William Henry Tour
6:00 Dinner Fort William Henry Conference Center [optional]
7:00 American Indians in the Time of Henry Hudson: The Munsee and Mahican (Mohican) Indians, Laurence M Hauptman, SUNY, Fort William Henry Conference Center
9:30 Fireworks

8/7 Friday: Fort William Henry
9:00 “The History and Underwater Archaeology of Lake George’s Sunken Fleet of 1758” Joseph W. Zarzynski, Bateaux Below, Inc, RPA
10:00 “Colonial Wars Walking Tour of Lake George,” Joseph Zarzynsky
11:30 Lunch and Lake Steamboat Company Cruise (Minne-Ha-Ha)
1:00 Fort William Henry Exhibits: self-guided tour
2:00 Fort William Henry Curriculum Material
2:30 Teaching the French and Indian War Workshop

A group reservation has been made at the Super8 in Ticonderoga for Sunday through Wednesday. For Wednesday and Thursday there are dozens of places to choose from in the area around Fort William Henry and Fort Edward.

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