McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution

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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.

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Voices of Our Campaign

Francis Butler

Francis Butler ’15

History Major
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.”

Jen Dorsey, Ph.D.

Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D.

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.”

Robert J. McCormick ’87

Robert J. McCormick ’87

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.”

Naming Opportunities

McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution (Trustco Bank/Robert H'07 and Anne McCormick/Robert '87 and Linda McCormick)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship ($500,000)
Endow $25,000 of a new Post-Doctoral Fellow’s compensation.
Digital Humanities Center ($250,000)
Construct a Digital Humanities Center where students learn to handle and digitally preserve primary source documents from the revolutionary period.
Colonial and Revolutionary America Online Journal ($200,000)
Endow $10,000 for hardware, maintenance, subscriptions, security and publishing software.
Thompson Distinguished Lecture in American Revolution Studies (Audrey Thompson In Honor of Dell Thompson, Ed.D.)
Endow $5,000 for travel costs and honorarium for speaker, costs for reception.
American Origins Program ($200,000)
Endow $10,000 in travel costs for one week for class of 10 students to visit historic landmarks in early American history.



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