American Revolution Conference

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June 7 - 10, 2018

4th Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference


Conference Sign-up Deadline has been Extended to Tuesday, June 6th!

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2017 Conference Schedule

 2017 Conference Information

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The Fort Plain Museum’s 3rd Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference is back and is being held on June 8-11, 2017. Registrations are now being accepted and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. There will be 10 presentations, 2 bus tours, a colonial tavern/dinner, an opening reception and more.

Conference Speakers:

Saturday June 10 & Sunday June 11 at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Theater located in the Visual Arts and Communications Building - 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095. Parking nearest to the Theater is available at lot 5, 4, or the Visitor Parking. See: Fulton-Montgomery Community College Campus Map

Authors/Historians Presenting:

  • William M. Fowler Jr. - An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783
  • Gavin K. Watt - Neighbours Against Neighbours - Fort Schuyler and Oriskany
  • Eric H. Schnitzer - Tactics of the 1777 Battles of Saratoga
  • Christian M. McBurney - Abductions in the American Revolution in Northern New York
  • Matthew J. Hollis & David A. Ranzan - Middling Officers in the Mohawk Valley
  • Dean R. Snow - Oneidas, Mohawks, and the Saratoga Campaign
  • Wayne Lenig - 1780, the Year of the Burning -- The War on the Mohawk Frontier
  • Todd W. Braisted - The Royalist Corps in the Burgoyne Campaign
  • Robert A. Geake - From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution
  • Daniel M. Sivilich - Musket Balls: Diagnostic Tools for Military Sites

Mohawk Valley Historic Bus Tours:

SOLD OUTOn Thursday June 8, Bus Tour #1 will feature the Mohawk Country Historic Sites located in Montgomery County. The historic sites included are the Fort Plain Museum, the 1747 Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, Old Fort Johnson, the Stone Arabia Battlefield, the Stone Arabia Church, and the Grave of Colonel John Brown, the Fallen Hero of the Battle of Stone Arabia.

Seats Still AvailableOn Friday June 9, Bus Tour #2 will feature a tour of the “Drums Along the Mohawk” Historic Sites. The bus tour will follow the historic sites included in Walter D. Edmonds famous American Novel. The historic sites included are the Palatine Church, Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler), Oriskany Battlefield, General Herkimer Home, Fort Herkimer, Fort Herkimer Church, and Fort Dayton.

Bus tour fees include all historic site/museum admission costs. There will be a lunch stop at a local eatery at your own expense ($10 to $15).

A handout with history and maps will be included.

Bus tours will take place rain or shine, good walking shoes are recommended, and please bring a snack and drink.

Opening Reception:

There will be an opening reception held on the evening of June 9, from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The reception will include food, beer, wine, and a variety of spirits tasting from local NY/Mohawk Valley vendors.

Get a sneak peak of a groundbreaking documentary, “Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed” that tells the heroic story of Benedict Arnold's contributions to the struggle for American Independence. Did he betray his county or did his country betray him? Filmmakers Tom Mercer and Anthony Vertucci will screen highlights and discuss this new film in the making.

Evening at the Tavern:

On Saturday Evening, June 10, at 6 PM, join us for an “Evening at the Tavern” at the Van Alstyne Homestead. Lieutenant General John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne will be on hand to discuss: “The Murder of Jane McCrea or How I Lost the War in America!” Burgoyne will be portrayed by Bruce M. Venter.

The colonial tavern will serve up period authentic drinks (cash bar) and several period authentic appetizers, an entrée and dessert will be served. Tours of the Van Alstyne Homestead will be provided.


The cost is $60 for the speakers’ portion (Saturday lunch/coffee breaks are included), $40 for Bus Tour #1, $40 for Bus Tour #2, $50 for the “Evening at the Tavern” and colonial dinner or all four for a conference special of $180.

All proceeds will benefit the Fort Plain Museum, a not-for profit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the site of Fort Plain and Mohawk Valley history.

Conference Sponsors:

We would like to give a big Thank You to our Conference sponsors; Montgomery County, Fulton County, the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Patriot Federal Bank, Westholme Publishing,, the Journal of the American Revolution, and the Mohawk Country Association.

A special Thank You goes out to Bruce and Lynne Venter from America's History LLC, the Premier Conference and Tour Company from Goochland, Virginia! We appreciate your support!

The Fort Plain Museum’s American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference is the proud recipient of the 2016 Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award by the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.