Thursday, June 9Sunday, June 12

08:00 AM

Where: 2805 NY-67, Johnstown 12095

Cost: Presentations - $50 Bus Tour #1 - $35 Bus Tour #2 - $35 Banquet Dinner - $50

For more information please contact:
Brian Mack | 518-774-5669 |

The Fort Plain Museum’s “Second Annual Conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley” is back and bigger than ever! This year’s conference will be held on June 9-12, 2016 and it has been expanded to four days with a day and a half of historian presentations, two different bus tours of Mohawk Valley historic sites and much more.

The Mohawk Valley played an important role in the struggle for independence. Discover the Valley’s rich history by attending this year’s conference and see it for yourself first hand.

The historian presentations will be held on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th. There are 9 authors/historians presenting on various topics related to the American Revolution including the Mohawk Valley. This year’s presenters and topics include:

• J.L. Bell – The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War
• Darren Bonaparte – Colonel Louis Cook, Oneidas at Oriskany
• Todd Braisted – Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City
• Lois Huey – Molly Brant A Legacy Of Her Own
• Edward G. Lengel – First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His and the Nation’s Prosperity
• James Kirby Martin – Benedict Arnold in the Mohawk Valley: The Rescue of Fort Schuyler (Stanwix)
• Bruce M. Venter – The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America
• Philip D. Weaver – Stories from “The Jersey Greys” of 1776 in Upstate New York’s Mohawk Valley Region
• Archeological Review of New York’s British & American Revolutionary War Fortifications – featuring: Dr. Amy Roache-Fedchenko – Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler); Dr. Susan Maguire – Fort Niagara; Dr. Douglas Pippin – Fort Haldimand; Aaron Gore – Fort Oswegatchie; and Wayne Lenig – Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer

Also new to this year’s conference is the venue, as it will be held at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College auditorium. Attendees will also receive a boxed lunch with beverage prepared by the college’s culinary staff. Beverages and refreshments (coffee, water, soda, etc.) will be served throughout the conference. There is a $50 cost for this portion of the event which includes Saturday’s lunch. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

On Thursday June 9th, there will be a bus tour of the Western Mohawk Country historic sites. The historic sites included on the tour are: the Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain Museum), the General Herkimer Home, the 1747 Nellis Tavern, the Van Alstyne Homestead, Fort Klock, the Palatine Church, the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefields, the Stone Arabia Church, and the Grave of Colonel John Brown, the Hero of the Battle of Stone Arabia.

On Friday June 10th, there will be a bus tour of the Eastern Mohawk Country historic sites. The historic sites included are on the tour are: Fort Johnson Historic Landmark, Fort Hunter (Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site), Johnson Hall State Historic Site, the Drumm House, the Tryon County Courthouse, the Colonial Cemetery, the Fort Johnstown Jail, the Johnstown Battlefield, the Montgomery County History & Archives, the Kateri Indian Museum (Liberty Pole Site).

There is a $35 cost for each bus tour and space is limited. The bus tours will take place rain or shine. Good walking shoes are suggested and you may want to bring a snack and drink.

On Saturday evening, June 11th there will be a banquet dinner at the historic 1765 Goose Van Alstyne Tavern (Van Alstyne Homestead) with a keynote speaker, Don Hagist. Don is the editor of The Journal of the American Revolution, an online journal devoted to the American Revolution. Don will discuss the Journal, their mission and all of their current and future endeavors. Come and talk history with the conference presenters and attendees while enjoying a refreshment from a colonial tavern. A colonial dinner will include an appetizer, the main dish, and dessert with coffee. The cost to attend the banquet is $50.

On Friday Evening, June 10th, join us at the college for a Taste NY cocktail reception. There will be wine, beer and food tasting from local New York vendors. Also, several historic artisans will many goods on display and available for purchase. This portion of the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call Brian Mack at 518-774-5669 or send an e-mail at You can also check our Facebook page or for information and updates. Lodging accommodations, conference and bus tour schedules and more are available upon request.

The conference is sponsored by the Mohawk Country Associations and its participating historic sites, Montgomery County NY, Fulton County NY, Patriot Federal Bank, Taste NY, I Love NY, NYS Path through History, Westholme Publishing, and the Journal of the American Revolution.