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Conference - October 15-17, 2021 - Sir William Johnson and the Wars for Empire Conference includes 9 speakers and a bus tour. David L. Preston, an award-winning historian of American military history and author of Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution is the conference’s Head of Faculty.

  • David L. Preston – William Johnson's Shaping of the Operational Environment in 1755
  • Darren Bonaparte – Wampum: Sir William Johnson and the Haudenosaunee
  • John Grenier – Robert Rogers and Sir William Johnson: A Complicated Relationship
  • Ben Hughes – The Siege of Fort William Henry A Year on the Northeastern Frontier
  • Jon-Eric Nelson—Connecticut Provincials at the Battle of Lake George
  • Jon W. Parmenter – The End of an Atlantic Life: The Death of Sir William Johnson (1774) in Imperial Context
  • Timothy J. Shannon - Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: A 20-Year Retrospective
  • Glenn F. Williams – Williams Johnson and King George’s War (1744-1748)

Bus Tour - October 15, 2021 - Maj. Gen. William Johnson's victory on September 8, 1755 was a significant event in the first year of the French & Indian War. It garnered evocative recognition for the Mohawk Valley resident. Our tour will visit each site associated with this important battle: Bloody Morning Scout, the Lake George Battlefield and Bloody Pond. Time permitting, we expect to visit Johnson's home, Fort Johnson on our return from the battlefield. Lunch will be provided at the Lake George Battlefield Park. 

Registration - Two ways to Register

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Lodging - (Information on this page is still being updated). Please Click this Link for Lodging Information: 2021 Hotel-Lodging Information - SWJ 

Conference Schedule - Coming Soon!

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 Lot - Please Click Here - FMCC Campus Map 2020

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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.