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    NEH Summer Program Niagara Falls, New York
    Allison Violante

    Niagara University Invites K-12 Teachers to Apply for
    Summer Residential Program Investigating the History of Old
    Fort Niagara

    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 or visit

    Niagara University is located 11 miles south of Old Fort

    Niagara University
    Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara
    University is a private liberal arts university with a
    strong, values-based Catholic tradition. Its four academic
    divisions include the colleges of Arts and Sciences,
    Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and
    Tourism Management. The university also maintains an
    Academic Exploration Program that provides a learning
    community for students who are undecided about their major,
    as well as numerous opportunities through Continuing