Four graduate students arrived at Fort Ticonderoga in mid-June to begin two-month internships as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships run through August 12th and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.
Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill said, “The Fellows will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga. 1757 will be the interpretive focus for 2017.”
This year’s Graduate Fellows are:
Education – Elizabeth Scully, from New York University
Exhibition – Connor Wilson, from Texas State University
Horticulture – Riley Clark-Long, from Connecticut College
Interpretation – James Wils, from North Carolina State University
Each Fellow receives a $2,500 stipend along with on-site housing. Fort Ticonderoga received 28 applications from 26 different university programs for the four available fellowships.
The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships launched in 2015 with four graduate students from Stonybrook University, Texas State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Western Michigan University. Projects completed by the 2015 fellows included researching and cataloging artillery-related artifacts and the design of hands-on components for the new exhibition “The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-Century Artillery” which opened in May 2016. Another fellow conducted research and transcribed the Philip Skene Papers in the collection for use with the 2016 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute focused on “British Perspectives on the American Revolution.” The Interpretation Fellow delved into the British use of Canadian Corvée during the 1777 invasion of New York. That ground-breaking research led to an invitation for Fellow Richard Tomczak to present his research at the 1st Conference of the European Labor History Network in Turin, Italy, in December 2015.
The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga are made possible with the support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and individual donor support. Graduate students interested in learning more about the 2017 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships should contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which serves its mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 72,000 visitors each year and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through October. Visit their website for a full list of ongoing programs, or call (518) 585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga.
Photo: 2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows (L-R) Riley Clark-Long, Connor Wilson, James Wils, and Elizabeth Scully. Courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga.