Staff and Scholars

Who will be leading the workshop?

Kevin SheetsDr. Kevin Sheets (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is a 19th century American cultural and intellectual historian at SUNY Cortland. He has written articles on history education, 19th century systems of memory training and, in theJournal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, an article on the classics in the late 19th century. He has organized and chaired many sessions with K-12 teachers focused on history pedagogy at professional conferences, including at the annual meetings of the National Council for History Education and the American Historical Association. He has been awarded three US Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grants, administering close to $3 million in grant funding for teacher professional development. 

Randi StorchDr. Randi Storch (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), is chair of the History Department at SUNY Cortland. She is a leading labor historian and recipient of the 64-campus SUNY System highest honor, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Storch has collaborated with Dr. Sheets on several professional development workshops for K-12 teachers and has published articles on pedagogy, helping teachers incorporate labor and working-class history into their classrooms. She is author of Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-1935 and Working Hard for the American Dream.  She has also been interviewed for a PBS documentary and Chicago Public Radio.


MorandaDr. Scott Moranda (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is a modern environmental historian and author of The People's Own Landscape: Nature, Tourism, and Dictatorship in East Germany (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany). He has been involved in many field experiences in the Adirondacks and has taken students from his Environmental History course to explore the politics and history of the region. His current research touches, in part, on the attempted introduction of German scientific forestry to the Adirondacks.



rebecca edwardsDr. Rebecca Edwards (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is the Eloise Ellery Professor of History at Vassar College and author of Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era and New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865-1905. She has been involved in NEH workshops for teachers and is a frequent lecturer for K-12 teacher workshops, including TAH grants. 



TerrieDr. Philip Terrie  (Ph.D., George Washington University) is a Professor Emeritus from Bowling Green State University and is a leading scholar on the cultural history of the Adirondacks. He is the author of Forever Wild, A Cultural History of Wilderness in the Adirondacks.  



FlaggDr. Jeffrey Flagg (Ph.D., Bowling Green) is Program Director at the Sagamore Institute with primary responsibility for educational programming at Camps Sagamore and Uncas. He will lead the tours and workshops at the camps. 



Support Team

KerriKerri Freese (B.S., UC Berkeley) is the project manager who coordinates workshop logistics. She is the primary contact, dedicated to meeting each participant's needs and to ensuring an overall memorable experience. 


Dr. Chris Widdall (Ph.D., SUNY Cortland) teaches instructional design in the SUNY Cortland Childhood/Early Childhood Department and is the project’s technology coordinator, leading iPad and iMovie workshops to help participants complete their digital documentary group projects.

RobRob Rubendall (M.S., Boston University) is Director of the Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at SUNY Cortland and the On-Site Liaison at Camp Huntington. A 30-yar veteran in environmental and experiential education, he is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and works with the team to coordinate on-site logistics, housing, meal requests, and transportation, and conducts tours of Camp Huntington.



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What Our 2013 NEH Summer Scholars Had to Say:

“The Forever Wild seminar has affected me like no other. I am a stronger teacher of the Gilded Age because of this week.”

“This was by far the best seminar and learning experience I have ever had as an adult.”

"The directors Kevin Sheets and Randi Storch and their assistant Kerri Freese were amazing--they were enthusiastic, generous, fun-loving, hard-working, passionate and well-organized in executing the program."

"The visiting faculty were intense and highly qualified to speak on the topics they did. The readings they assigned were excellent and will be highly adaptable as references in my classroom."

"The participants were amazing--it was a history nerd extravaganza in the best possible way."

"The activities were sublime--from touring the great camps to the excellent Adirondacks Museum to kayaking and swimming in Raquette Lake before breakfast--sublime!"

"This was simply a superb institute and experience. It will PROFOUNDLY affect my teaching of the Gilded Age and the beginnings of environmentalism in our history."

"The directors were knowledgeable, hands-on, and very engaging. They did not pontificate, but rather created wonderful lectures and groups that we as participants could actively be involve in as well as thrive in. The visiting faculty were outstanding, the use of primary source materials valuable, and the mix of colleagues was second to none. It was a pleasure to be around all the participants, faculty, and staff."


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