This unique program inspires rigorous historical scholarship and drives community engagement.
As an academic program and outreach initiative, the McCormick Center raises awareness of upstate New York’s significant contribution to the founding of the American Republic by moving the story of 18th century America out of the classroom and into the living laboratory of upstate New York. It builds collaborations between academic and public historians, museum professionals, performing artists and the wider upstate New York communities to support and expand humanities programming.
- The McCormick Center’s Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies (CRES) combines history education with community engagement
- CRES alumni include graduate students in history, education and documentary film as well as museum and business professionals
- Partnership with Saratoga National Historical Park trains CRES students in public history, historic preservation and museum studies
- Host of the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities teacher workshop “Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival and Social Reform
- Partnership with the New York State Library’s Office of Cultural Education invites CRES students to research the original records of New York’s “founding fathers,” including Philip Schuyler, Abraham Ten Broeck and Dewitt Clinton
- The McCormick Center sponsors education opportunities for the general public, including the Thompson Distinguished Lecture in American Revolution Studies
- Recipient of two NEH awards totaling $675,000.
Donations to Siena’s McCormick Center will contribute to programming underwritten with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People Challenge Grant” awarded in August 2010.
Voices of Our Campaign
Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies
Francis Butler chose Siena College because of the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution and the Gettysburg Semester. “You can interact with (history) and bring it to life for others who may not be exposed to it in an academic setting.”
Director of the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution,
Associate Professor of History
The McCormick Center is “a synergy between community and academy” and “an investment in the future,” states Jennifer Dorsey. “It’s the future of humanities education. Nationwide we’re moving to a hands-on learning model.”
Siena College Trustee,
Lead Donor to the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution
With a $1 million gift from the McCormick family and Trustco Bank, Siena College can continue to teach students about early American history. “We’re here to make an impact on some students’ lives for a brief period of time and maybe they go out and improve something else and make it bigger.”