Students in Siena’s Revolutionary Era Studies program learn the history of the American Revolution by combining academic study with service to the Capital Region community.
Students in this program complete courses that emphasize cultural, social, economic, military, and constitutional history. They also take courses that emphasize essential skills in public history including management, budgeting, marketing, public relations, and the computer sciences. After students have completed their coursework, they pursue internships and service-learning courses in order to apply their knowledge to the benefit of our community. In other words, CRES students learn history but also make history. They actively contribute to the promotion and preservation of upstate New York's history.
Siena College's McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution was originally founded as the Center for Revolutionary Era Studies in 2005. It is the invention of Siena College faculty and education professionals at Saratoga Battlefield. Together, we wanted to build an agency that would promote awareness about New York history and especially, the significant contributions of New Yorkers to the fight for American Independence and the early American Republic.
From its beginning, CRES was meant to be both an academic program and an outreach initiative. It would serve students, but it would also serve the greater community. All of our work and initiatives would be done in partnership with museum, public history and preservation professionals in the Capital Region.