American Revolution Conference


Two Great Conferences Starting in 2021

1 - June 9-13, 2021 - Return of the Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference

2 - October 15-17, 2021 - First Annual Sir William Johnson and the Wars for Empire Conference

Sir William Johnson was a larger than life character who dominated the Mohawk Valley and beyond during the 18th century in warfare, politics, trade and diplomacy. This conference will address aspects of Johnson’s historical impact as well as the larger scope of the great wars for empire. This new Fort Plain Museum conference will offer a look at the colonial era when major personalities, like Sir William, dealt with overlapping cultures and the impact of war on society.




For those who have registered, an email was sent on 7/24/2020 with cancellation notice, etc.

Please email Brian at if you have any questions.

Please call your selected place of lodging to cancel reservations. The Holiday Inn Johnstown/Gloversville phone number is (518) 762-4686.

Many of our 2020 speakers will be back for 2021. We will also be adding another day of speakers and events, details will be released in early 2021.

  • 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 - The Voice of the Mohawk Valley!

Bob Cudmore is a local historian, radio voice, podcaster, columnist, and voice of the American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference. Please support Bob's endeavors including many wonderful podcast recordings including many of our past conference speakers. Please Click Here to Visit Bob's Website and to Hear his Historians Podcast


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

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 

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:

The Bridge Walk at the Perthshire - 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010

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:

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.


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. 

Ways to Register:

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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