Fort Ticonderoga Director of Academic Programs Richard Strum has been awarded the 2019-2020 New York State Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies for the contributions made to Social Studies education in the community and New York State.
Strum joined the Fort Ticonderoga leadership staff in the spring of 1999. He currently serves as Director of Academic Programs, overseeing teacher professional development programs, public conferences and seminars, the Fort Ticonderoga publications program, and the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program.
Through programs like the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute, Strum has worked with over 350 educators from 47 states onsite at Ticonderoga during week-long programs. Since 2007, he has coordinated North Country History Day for students in the northeastern corner of New York State and currently serves on the New York State History Day Advisory Board.
Rich Strum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Houghton College and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the College of William & Mary. He has worked in museum education for more than 30 years at Shelburne Museum (1989-1999) and Fort Ticonderoga (since 1999).
The award ceremony will take place at the Albany Capital Center on March 13, 2020. More information on Fort Ticonderoga can be found on their website.
Photo of Fort Ticonderoga by Carl Heilman II provided.