American Revolution Conference


We at The Fort Plain Museum hope everyone is healthy and staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Your health and safety, is our first concern; therefore we decided to move the conference to September 10-13, 2020

If you cannot attend in September, a complete refund will be given. Please email Brian with any questions at 

Thank you for your support, stay safe and much good health to you all.

-The Fort Plain Museum Board of Trustees


The Fort Plain Museum

Proudly Presents The Annual

American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference

September 10 - 13, 2020

Lineup of Historians/Authors (September 11-13):

  • Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy - The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain

  • Craig Bruce Smith - The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army

  • James Kirby Martin - A Contagion of Violence: The Human Slaughter in Frontier New York: 1775-1783

  • Mark Edward Lender - John Brown's Raid on Fort Ticonderoga in September 1777

  • Lindsay M. Chervinsky - Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency

  • David Head - George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy

  • Eric H. Schnitzer - The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga – 1777

  • Todd W. Braisted - In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783

  • Katie Turner Getty - Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York

  • James E. Richmond - War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution

  • Wayne Lenig - Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary

  • Robert A. Selig - Saturday Dinner Speaker - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence

  • South River Heritage Consultants - Stone Arabia and Klock's Battlefields Study Update 


Bob Cudmore makes his Conference Return!

We would like to welcome back, the Master of Ceremony, the Voice of the Mohawk Valley, Bob Cudmore. After a one year absence, Bob will be back to introduce our line-up of speakers. Welcome back Bob! - Please Click Here to Visit Bob's Website and to Hear his Historians Podcast - Listen to Bob's podcasts with several of our past Conference presenters.


Conference Location:

The Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Theater - The Visual Arts & Communications Building (Campus Map Building #2) - 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095 - Please Park in Lots 5, 4 or Visitor's LotPlease Click Here - FMCC Campus Map 2020


Bus Tours:

Bus Tour #1

Forts & Fortified Homes of the Mohawk - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the historic forts, fortified homes and sites that formed the defensive perimeter around Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain). Site visits will include Fort Failing, Fort Ehle, Fort Clyde, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer, Fort Kayser, Fort Paris, Fort Nellis, Fort Klock and more. The Lunch stop will be at the Fort Plain Museum.

Bus Tour #2

Stone Arabia & Klock’s Battlefields, 240 Years Later - Friday, September 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefield Historic Sites. This detailed tour of the Stone Arabia Battlefield will follow the avenues of approach, view battle areas, visit the historic churches burned in battle, and the sites of Forts Kayser & Paris, several farms that were burned. We will stop at the Palatine Church that was spared the torch. Similar stops are also planned for Klock’s Battlefield. A lunch stop will be included.

Bus Tours include admissions to all historic/museum sites, lunch, and a tour booklet. Both Bus Tours will pick up and drop off at the college, located at 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095, parking lots B and C (please see college campus map above).


Fundraiser Dinner:

Saturday, September 12th - The Bridge Walk at the Perthshire - 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010 - 5:30 PM

Robert A. Selig - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence - The presentation will start at the conclusion of dinner.

The dinner includes a choice of three entrees (will include a vegetarian option) with sides, salad and dessert. 

There will also be a Cocktail Hour with cash bar.


Living History and Genealogy:

Friday, September 11, 2020 - Various Historic Sites/Museums and Times

Visit several Mohawk Valley historic sites and museums for living history demonstrations and genealogy related talks. Genealogy information will be available for viewing.

More information will be posted soon.


Conference Registration:

The conference is back at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College and is limited to 200 seats (sold out for 2018 and would have been sold out for 2019). The Bus Tours are limited to 55 seats per tour. There is a $10 discount if you sign up for the conference by August 15, 2020. Please sign up early so you don't miss out. Deadline to sign-up by is Monday, September 7, 2020.

Ways to Register:

Register online (credit card and processing fees apply): Please Click Here to Register Online

Register by mail: Please Click Here for Conference Registration Form

Register by email:

Register by phone: 518-774-5669


Conference Lodging:

The Holiday Inn Johnstown/Gloversville is the official Conference Lodging. The Holiday Inn is located at 308 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095. The Holiday Inn is holding a block of rooms at a Conference rate of $105.00 plus tax/fees per night for September 9 through 12, 2020. Guests must call (518) 762-4686 before August 15, 2020 and the rooms have been booked under “Conference on the American Revolution”.

Please Click Here for Additional Lodging Information 


2020 Conference Sponsors:

Please Click Here for Conference Sponsor Information

2019 Conference:

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Conference, the Fort Plain Museum’s 5th Year!

The Fort Plain Museum’s Board of Trustees would like to thank each and every person who attended the 2019 American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference. You good folks traveled from 15 different states, several provinces in Canada and from our own NYS. Being able to talk with many of you during the conference truly made the efforts worthwhile. We are already well into planning for the 2020, the conference will be held on June 11 - 14.

We would like to send a big thank you to our excellent line-up historians/authors; John Buchanan, Christian Di Spigna, Mark Edward Lender, James Kirby Martin, Holly A. Mayer, Douglas J. Pippin, David L. Preston, Eric H. Schnitzer Bruce M. Venter, Glenn F. Williams, Tony Williams, and Albert Louis Zambone. We appreciate each of you for your work in the history field and for supporting the Museum’s conference.

We would like to thank our sponsors (Montgomery County NY; The Mohawk Country Association; Alpin Haus Boat & RV; The William G. Pomeroy Foundation; The PastQuest Research Group; America's History LLC; Journal of the American Revolution;; Westholme Publishing; Kinderhook Bank; and Continental Consulting), the Canajoharie Central School District, volunteers, staff, and all those involved with the success of the conference, bus tours, genealogy day and fundraising dinner, thank you all.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Thank you for your support,

The Fort Plain Museum Board of Trustees

and Norman Bollen, Peter Couser, Wayne Lenig, and Brian Mack – the Conference Committee

Please Click Here for the 2019 Conference Presenter Bios