War of 1812 Historians Meeting Planned

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APHNYS-Regions-Map1Registration is now open for the special one-day Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) Region 6 conference to be held in Plattsburgh on Friday June 6, 2014 (with early arrival museum tour on Thursday evening June 5).

The conference focus is on the War of 1812,and specifically the Battle of Plattsburgh of September, 1814 with a focus on “how the community has embraced the annual commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh, and the excitement about the 200th anniversary commemoration upcoming this Fall, with international participation and events spanning three weeks.” Organizers are expected to  share their experiences of how this sentinel event brings together the community, historians, municipalities and visitors to gain a better appreciation of the unique position this area holds in history.”

A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference headquarters hotel, the recently-renovated Holiday Inn Plattsburgh, located on Route 3 at Exit 37 off the I-87 Northway. The discounted room rate is only $69.99 per night (plus taxes/fees), by mentioning the APHNYS conference rate and reserving by May 23, 2014 direct with the hotel.

For those arriving Thursday evening, the Welcome/ Registration Table will be open from 5 to 8 pm Thursday with lots of information on the conference and the area. A private, docent-guided tour of the War of 1812/Battle of Plattsburgh Museum will depart from the hotel Thursday at 6:45 pm (returning by 9 pm). Registration Friday is from 8 until 9:30am.

Conference day Friday includes speakers describing the Battle and its significance, the events leading up to the Battle, and the contributions by and impact on the varied segments of the communities and populace here in New York, in Vermont, and Canada. There will be on-site exhibits and displays from local museums and organizations as well as authors, musicians, and other experts on the War of 1812, the battles at Plattsburgh, and more. Lunch and break-time refreshments are provided as part of the registration fee.

Museum Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. All participating local museums and venues offer free admission both days, with special programs scheduled for the whole family. The First Weekend Plattsburgh group sponsors special events on both Friday night and Saturday all day, and the Breakfast Kiwanis Club offers Dozer Day at Airborne Speedway on Saturday (admission charged).

Questions should be directed to the Planning Committee Chairs Gary Van Cour (Town of Beekmantown Historian, grvanc@aol.com ) or Jerry Bates (Town of Plattsburgh Historian, historian@townofplattsburgh.org, or registrar Barb Benkwitt, sfhistorian@charter.net).

APHNYS has broken the state into twelve regions based on population and geographic boundaries. These regions each have a regional coordinator (three regions currently have a deputy coordinator) whose responsibilities are to provide at least one meeting in the fall of each year. These meetings are to allow historians to learn, network and grow in their abilities as historians.


Region 1: Sharon Wilkins, Coordinator
Region 2: Zachary N. Studenroth, Coordinator
Region 3: Suzanne Isaksen, Coordinator
Region 4: Ray LaFever, Coordinator
Region 5: Krissy Saddlemire, Coordinator
Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Deputy Coordinator
Region 6: William Zullo, Coordinator
Jerry Bates, Deputy Coordinator
Region 7: Richard Williams, Coordinator
Region 8: Justin White, Coordinator
Region 9: Matthew Urtz, Coordinator
Region 10: Gerry Smith, Coordinator
Rosemarie Tucker, Deputy Coordinator
Region 11: Peter Evans, Coordinator
Region 12: Barbara Durfee,  Coordinator

NOTE: The New York History Blog seeks more announcements of APHNYS regional meetings in an effort to inform and engage the history community. If you are an organizer, send your notice to editor John Warren at jnwarrenjr@gmail.com.

2 thoughts on “War of 1812 Historians Meeting Planned

  1. James S. KaplanJames S. Kaplan

    I don’t know which region is New York City (the article doesn’t say) but the regional coordinator should consider an event on August 10, 2014 for the 200th anniversary of Marinus Willet’s speech from the steps of New York City Hall rallying New Yorkers to join the militia to defend the City against Briish attack. It is one of the great unknown speeches in New York history.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to make it up to Plattsburg for this event, but I will be giving a lecture on Marinus Willett on June 17 at 12:30 at the Fraunces Tavern Museum.
    Feel free to contact me at 212-471-8546 or Jkaplan@herzfeld-rubin.com.


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