American Revolution Conference

The Fort Plain Museum


the 5th Annual

American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference

June 6-9, 2019

Please note, our $80 conference early bird special has been extended to May 31, 2019. The 2018 Conference was a sell-out, please sign-up early so you don't miss out.

Pre-registration is required.


***NEW*** Please Click Here to Register Online - Credit Card and Processing Fees will be added by the online vendor

You can mail in your registration form with payment

Click Here for 2019 Conference Registration Form

You register by phone with a credit card at 518-774-5669

Conference Presentation (Friday, June 7; Saturday, June 8; and Sunday, June 9) $80 Early Bird Fee if Register by/on May 31, 2019; $90 After May 31st. Special Student Rate (Valid Student ID is required) $30

Incident at Caughnawaga - Fundraising Dinner (Saturday, June 8) $50

Please Click Here - 2019 Hotel-Lodging Information

You may also register by calling 518-774-5669, if no answer, please leave a message and we will call you back.


We have a great line-up of 12 notable historian/authors presenting on a wide variety of topics related to the American Revolution. Presenting this year are as follows: 

David L. Preston – First in Peace: The Delaware Indian Nation and its 1778 Treaty with the United States 

Eric H. Schnitzer – Benedict Arnold at Saratoga: How a Newly Discovered Letter Changed History 

Mark Edward Lender – The Plot against General Washington: The Conway Cabal Reconsidered 

James Kirby Martin – The Man Who Wouldn't Be King: George Washington, an Exceptional Revolutionary Leader 

Holly A. Mayer – Women at War: Continental Army Followers 

John Buchanan – The Road to Charleston: How Major General Nathanael Greene Dealt with Logistics, Savage Civil War, and Politics in the Carolina's and Georgia 

Bruce M. Venter – Defending the Mohawk Valley: Forts and Homes Illustrated by Rufus Grider's Art Work

Glenn F. Williams - Beyond the Mohawk: the Battles of Newtown and Groveland (240th Anniversary)

Albert Louis Zambone – The Rewards of Persistence: Daniel Morgan in the Saratoga Campaign 

Tony Williams – George Washington & Alexander Hamilton: A Revolutionary Relationship 

Christian Di Spigna – Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero 

Douglas J. Pippin – The American Revolution in the St. Lawrence Valley

Mohawk Valley Legend, Historian, Radio/Podcast Host and Author, Bob Cudmore will return as Conference Master of Ceremonies.

Presentations start the evening of Friday, June 7th, continue on Saturday, June 8th and finish on Sunday, June 9th. A Lunch will be provided on Saturday and beverage breaks will take place throughout.

Please note the new conference location due to construction at the college.

The conference will be held at the Arkell Performing Arts Center (not the Arkell Museum) at the Canajoharie Central School located at 136 Scholastic Way, Canajoharie, NY 13317 


Bus Tours (Please Note, Only 1 Bus Each Day)


1 Seat Available - The Clinton Portage: Sullivan/Clinton Campaign of 1779

Bus Tour #1 - Thursday, June 6th

Join Mohawk Valley Historian, Wayne Lenig, as we trace the footsteps of General Clinton during their portage to Otsego Lake and the headwaters of the Susquehanna in 1779. There will be several stops along the way, including the routes traveled, sites of encampments, how artillery was moved, and much more. The trip includes a box lunch, beverages, refreshments and information booklet. Please note, only one bus per trip.


SORRY, SOLD OUT - The Footsteps of General Washington, 1783

Bus Tour #2 - Friday, June 7th

Join Mohawk Valley Historian, Norm Bollen, as we follow in the footsteps of General George Washington during his 1783 trip through the Mohawk Valley. Stops include the General’s visit to Fort Johnson, Currytown, Stone Arabia, Fort Rensselaer, the General Herkimer Home, Fort Herkimer and more. The trip includes a box lunch, beverages, refreshments and information booklet. Please note, only one bus per trip.

Bus Trip locations are TBD and posted at a later date.


Genealogy Day - Friday, June 7th

Visit Mohawk Country historic sites (sites, schedules and admission fees will be posted separately). Sites will have presentations or historians on hand to discuss the families that fought on both sides during the American Revolution.


Opening Reception and Registration Featuring 2 Presentations! - Friday, June 7th


An Incident at Caughnawaga – Fundraising Dinner - Saturday, June 8th

Join Mohawk Valley Historian, Norm Bollen as he describes the “Incident at Caughnawga” that ignited the Revolution in the Mohawk Valley in 1775. This incident includes neighbor against neighbor, an angry mob and a loyalist sheriff shooting at the rebels. The dinner includes a choice of one of three entrees with sides, salad and dessert. There will also be a Cocktail Hour with cash bar.

The dinner will be held at the Bridge Walk at the Perthshire located at 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010 (same place as last year).


Schedule will posted soon, please check back!