NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Summer Workshop for
School Teachers, "Crossroads of Empire: Cultural Contact and Imperial Rivalry at
Old Fort Niagara," offers two one-week residential sessions
at Old Fort Niagara and Niagara University.
The workshops investigate
the interaction between Europeans and Native Americans in the struggle
to control North America, both during the colonial era and the early
years of American independence. Located twelve miles north of Niagara
Falls on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Old Fort Niagara's six eighteenth-century
buildings include the 1726 French Castle, a three-story stone fortification
originally designed for trade with the Senecas.
study early French contact with the Iroquois Great League of Peace,
warfare between France and Great Britain and the Iroquois caught
in the middle, Patriot struggles against Loyalists and Indians during the American Revoltion,
and key battles fought at the Fort during the War of 1812, which resulted in the eventual dispossession
of the Iroquois after that conflict.
Directed by Dr. Thomas A. Chambers,
History Department-Niagara University, the workshop features leading
scholars from around the United States during the weeks of July
13-17 and July 20-24, 2009.
The lectures, site visits, and curriculum
development sessions are designed to meet education standards in
many states. We invite teachers and school personnel from around
the country to apply for this stimulating workshop in a beautiful