The McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution
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 professional 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 (Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies) 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.
Students in the CRES program learn the history of the American Revolution, but they do it in a way that combines academic history with service to the Capital Region community. CRES students complete courses that emphasize cultural, social, economic, military, and constitutional history. But they also take courses that emphasize essential skills in public history including management, budgeting, marketing, public relations, and the computer sciences.
When they have completed all this course work, Siena students pursue internships and service learning courses in order that they can apply all of this new 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.