Richard Strum is the Project Director for this Institute. Rich is the Director of Academic Programs at Fort Ticonderoga and has been on staff since 1999; he worked in the Education Department at Shelburne Museum (Vermont) from 1989-99. He earned a Masters in Museum Education at the College of William and Mary, and is the author of two non-fiction books about the American Revolution for young readers. In March 2020 he was recognized by the New York State Council for the Social Studies with the New York State Distinguished Service Award for contributions to Social Studies Education throughout New York State and beyond.
Dr. Matthew Keagle
Dr. Matthew Keagle is Curator for the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. Matt has over 18 years professional and academic experience researching, publishing, and speaking on early modern military history and material culture in Europe and North America. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a Master’s in American Material Culture from the Winterthur Museum, and a Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center in New York.
Tim Potts is the K-12 Leader for this Institute. Tim has taught Social Studies for over 30 years in the Monticello Central School District in New York. He is the Past President of the New York State Council for the Social Studies and currently serves as treasurer. He is an annual presenter at their statewide conference and was the 2005 NYSCSS Middle Level Educator of the Year. Potts is a former Master Teacher for two Teaching American History Grants for Monticello Central School District and was an NEH participant in three other workshops. In 2009, Potts was on the faculty of the NEH workshop, “The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry,” and he was the Teacher Facilitator for Fort Ticonderoga’s 2011, 2014, 2015, & 2016 NEH Landmarks Workshops and for the annual Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute.
Ricardo A. Herrera is Professor of Military History at the School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Marquette University. He is the author of Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778, For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861, and numerous articles and chapters on American military history.
James Kirby Martin
James Kirby Martin is emeritus Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History at the University of Houston. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Hiram College and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of numerous books on 18th-century military history including A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1798 which serves as a key text for this Institute.
Holly Mayer is Professor Emerita at Duquesne University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s degree at the University of Oregon, and her Ph.D. at the College of William & Mary. Her latest book is Congress’s Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union, and she also wrote Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution. Both her works will support this Institute.
Jon Parmenter is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He was written extensively about the interaction of Natives and European colonists through the 17th and 18th centuries, including The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701.
Maeve Kane is Assistant Professor of History at the University at Albany. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She is currently writing Shirts Powdered Red: Haudenosaunee Women and the Politics of Atlantic Consumer Civility: 1600-1860. Her scholarship focuses on the Iroquois nation, with a special focus on women’s roles in Iroquois society.
Douglas Egerton is Professor of History at Le Moyne College. He earned his Bachelor’s at Arizona State University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. at Georgetown University. He is the author of a number of books, including Death and Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America.