Thursday, October 3, 2019

Early American History Collections At Fort Ticonderoga

Erin Benz provided by fort ticonderogaFort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s largest collections of military material culture, covering the colonization of North America and the ensuing colonial conflicts, the Seven Years’ War (a.k.a. French & Indian War), the American Revolution, and the War of 1812.

The collection includes rare books, manuscripts, weaponry, accoutrements, textiles, uniforms, headgear, paintings, prints, maps, ephemera, personal effects from across the Atlantic World and a complementary archeological collection consisting of tens of thousands of artifacts recovered from the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga in the 20th century.

The collection spans roughly 1450 to 1820, and includes objects made and used in military contexts from First Nations, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and elsewhere.  Their Online Collections includes hundreds of photos and data about their collections.

Recently, Fort Ticonderoga joined the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture to support an annual research fellowship utilizing Fort Ticonderoga’s collections. The fellowship is intended to support research that will benefit from further examination of these collections.

Scholars with strong interests in early America, broadly understood to mean the Atlantic World in the years between roughly 1450 and 1820, are encouraged to apply.

Applications for this new Fellowship will be accepted through the Omohundro Institute until November 1, 2019, and carry a stipend of $2,500. For more information on this Fellowship, or Fort Ti’s other fellowship opportunities visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website.

Photo of Erin Benz, 2018 Graduate Fellow as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship Program at Fort Ticonderoga provided.

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