American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference

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Fort Plain ConferenceThe Fort Plain Museum, in the heart of upstate New York, has announced a Conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley.

The conference will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1-3, 2015. Conference attendees will arrive at the Fort Plain Museum Friday evening followed by a cocktail reception and presentation on the history of Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer. Saturday will include a full day of talks by six authors with a box lunch provided. On Sunday a bus tour will begin at the Fort Plain Museum exploring six historic colonial sites with a guided tour by Fort Plain Museum chairman, Norm Bollen.

Conference package includes: Friday evening reception, Saturday’s presentations including lunch and refreshment breaks: $40. On Friday, May 1, 2015 starting at 6 pm (4 pm early registration), there will be a Meet Cocktail Reception featuring: “Discovering Fort Plain” a presentation by Museum Chairman, Norm Bollen.

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 starting at 9 am, there will be six Authors/Historians presenting on various topics related to the Mohawk Valley. These presentations include:

  • Todd Braisted: “A hellish plan to go over to the enemy” The Revolutionary War Adventures of Lieutenant Edward McMichael (A member of the 3rd NJ Regiment deserts and joins forces with the British while stationed at Fort Stanwix.)
  • Don Hagist: “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers behind the Photographs” (Includes Samuel Downing who served at Fort Plain in 1782 while with the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment; the Fort Plain Museum currently has an original photo of Samuel Downing on exhibit.)
  • Jack Kelly: “Band of Giants, the Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence” (Kelly will discuss how the American Officers were treated after the war was over.)
  • James Kirby Martin: ”Forgotten Allies, the Oneida Indians and the American Revolution” (Include how the Oneidas fought for the Patriot cause against England.)
  • Bruce Venter: “Col. John Brown and the Battle of Diamond Island on Lake George” (Colonel John Brown was killed at the Battle of Stone Arabia on October 19, 1780 which is located on the opposite of the river from Fort Plain.)
  • Glenn Williams: “The Year of the Hangman, George Washington’s Campaign Against the Iroquois” (A portion of the Continental Army left from Fort Plain on their way southwest into Indian Country)

On Sunday, May 3, 2015 starting at 9 am, there will be a Guided Bus Tour of “Mohawk Country” that includes the following historic sites: Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, Van Alstyne Homestead, Isaac Paris House, Palatine Church, Stone Arabia Church (John Brown’s Grave), Fort Plain Museum, and lesser known privately owned historic sites. There is an additional $20 fee for the bus tour.

This event is sponsored by the Montgomery County NY Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism, Patriot Federal Bank, Westholme Publishing and the Journal of the American Revolution.

Registration continues through April 17th, but space is limited so early sign up is recommended. For more information including registration forms please email, call conference organizer, Brian Mack at 518-774-5669, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook.  Registrations can be made by phone by calling 518-774-5669.

One thought on “American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference

  1. Steve Doyle

    I am planning a trip to Fort Plain to explore my ancestry, and am very interested in attending this
    Conference. My plans are flexible and I am willing to change them in order to attend the Conference, but I don’t want to change them if I am not able to attend. I am coming from Southern
    I will go to the website to explore registering for the Conference.
    Please keep me informed of any updates regarding this Conference.


    Steve Doyle


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