NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. (FEB, 2011) – Niagara University
is now accepting applications from K-12 teachers nationwide
for a summer program entitled Crossroads of Empire:
Cultural Contact and Imperial Rivalry at Old Fort Niagara.
The week-long residential sessions, which take place July
11-15 and July 18-22, 2011 at Old Fort Niagara and Niagara
University, have been made possible by funding obtained
from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Directed by Thomas A. Chambers, Ph.D., chair of Niagara
University’s history department, the workshops are focused
on the vital history that emanated from Old Fort Niagara,
one of most significant and well-preserved 18th century
historic sites in North America. Fort Niagara served as an
important crossroads between the empires of Great Britain,
France, the Haudenosaunee (the native people who inhabited
what is now much of New York state and surrounding areas),
and, later, the United States as they battled each other
for control of the North American continent. The Fort
threatened American territory during the Revolution, was
occupied by both sides during the War of 1812, and then a
peace treaty secured the Fort and region for the United
This workshop will immerse NEH Summer Scholars in the world
of 18th century life, from both the Native American and
European perspective. Participants will interact with
historic interpreters, clamber about ramparts dating to the
1700s, handle beaver pelts and trade goods like fishhooks
and beads, and perhaps even fire a musket. One unique
feature will be an overnight stay at the French Castle, the
three-story stone fortress and trading post perched above
the crashing waves of Lake Ontario that dates back to 1726.
By week’s end NEH Summer Scholars will understand the
perspective of the Iroquois people who first inhabited this
region, as well as the struggles of ordinary European
soldiers who bled and died to control Fort Niagara.
Teachers of grades K-12 at schools in the United States or
its territorial possessions, or Americans teaching in
foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students
are American nationals, are eligible for this program.
Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars
will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the
residential workshop session. Stipends are intended to help
cover travel expenses to and from the project location,
books, and ordinary living expenses.
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011.
For eligibility and application information, please call
716.286.8091, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Niagara University is located 11 miles south of Old Fort
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