The Fort Plain Museum is set to hold their Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference on June 11 – 14, 2020, at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Scheduled lineup of historians/authors:
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy – The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain
Craig Bruce Smith – The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army
James Kirby Martin – A Contagion of Violence: The Human Slaughter in Frontier New York: 1775-1783
Mark Edward Lender – John Brown’s Raid on Fort Ticonderoga in September 1777
Lindsay M. Chervinsky – Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency
David Head – George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy
Eric H. Schnitzer – The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777
Todd W. Braisted – In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783
Katie Turner Getty – Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York
James E. Richmond – War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution
Wayne Lenig – Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary
Robert A. Selig – Saturday Dinner Speaker – American Revolutionary War Battlefield Preservation: the Mohawk Valley and Beyond.
The Conference will be held in the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Theater – The Visual Arts & Communications Building (Campus Map Building #2) – 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY. Park in Lots 5, 4 or Visitor’s Lot. A campus map can be found here.
Bus Tour #1
Forts & Fortified Homes of the Mohawk set for Thursday, June 11, at 8 am.
This is an in-depth tour of the historic forts, fortified homes and sites that formed the defensive perimeter around Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain). Site visits will include Fort Failing, Fort Ehle, Fort Clyde, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer, Fort Kayser, Fort Paris, Fort Nellis, Fort Klock and more. The Lunch stop will be at the Fort Plain Museum.
Bus Tour #2
Stone Arabia & Klock’s Battlefields, 240 Years Later set for Friday, June 12, at 8 am.
This is an in-depth tour of the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefield Historic Sites. This detailed tour of the Stone Arabia Battlefield will follow the avenues of approach, view battle areas, visit the historic churches burned in battle, and the sites of Forts Kayser & Paris, several farms that were burned. The tour will stop at the Palatine Church that was spared the torch. Similar stops are also planned for Klock’s Battlefield. A lunch stop will be included.
Bus Tours include admissions to all historic/museum sites, lunch, and a tour booklet. Both Bus Tours will pick up and drop off at the college, located at 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095, parking lots B and C.
The American Revolutionary War Battlefield Preservation Fundraiser Dinner is set for Saturday, June 13th at The Bridge Walk at the Perthshire, located at 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY at 5:30 pm. Robert A. Selig will present on various battlefield preservation efforts including battlefields in the Mohawk Valley, Princeton, other sites like Valley Forge and more. The dinner includes a choice of three entrees with sides, salad and dessert. There will also be a Cocktail Hour with cash bar.
Tours of various Historic Sites/Museums and times are set for Friday, June 12th. Visit several Mohawk Valley historic sites and museums for living history demonstrations and genealogy related talks. Genealogy information will be available for viewing. More information will be posted soon.
The conference is limited to 200 seats. The Bus Tours are limited to 55 seats per tour. There is a $10 discount if you sign up for the conference by May 15, 2020. To register for the conference, call (518) 774-5669, email firstname.lastname@example.org, mail in a 2020 Conference Registration Form, or click here.
The Holiday Inn Johnstown/Gloversville is the official Conference Lodging. The Holiday Inn is located at 308 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY. The Holiday Inn is holding a block of rooms at a Conference rate of $105.00 plus tax/fees per night for June 10 through 13, 2020. Guests must call (518) 762-4686 before May 15, 2020 and the rooms have been booked under “Conference on the American Revolution”.
More information can be found online.