Upcoming Events

Oct 21

Sir William Johnson & Empire Wars Conference

Sir William Johnson and the Wars for Empire Conference

October 21-23, 2022

Registration is open for 2022, information has been updated below.

If you signed-up for the 2021 Sir William Johnson Conference, please do not register and email Brian at info@fortplainmuseum.org

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.


The 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.

The 9 speakers and topics include:

David L. Preston – William Johnson's Shaping of the Operational Environment in 1755

Darren Bonaparte – Wampum: Sir William Johnson and the Haudenosaunee

Robert Emerson - Sir William Johnson and the Siege of Fort Niagara, 1759

Michael G. Laramie

Talk 1: King William's War: The First Contest for North America, 1689–1697

Talk 2: Queen Anne's War: The Second Contest for North America, 1702–1713

Ian Macpherson McCulloch - John Bradstreet's Raid, 1758: A Riverine Operation of the French and Indian War

James McIntyre - With Sword in Hand: Johann Ewald and the Small War in the Seven Years' War

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

Tim J. Todish – A Most Troublesome Situation: The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764

Glenn F. Williams – Williams Johnson and King George’s War (1744-1748)

Lunch on Saturday is included in the registration fee. Lunch will consist of sandwiches, sides and beverages. There will also be Coffee/Beverage Breaks throughout.

*SOLD OUT - Bus Tour - Email info@fortplainmuseum.org to be put on a waiting list - Major General William Johnson's Victory, September 8, 1755 - October 21, 2022

Join Tour Leaders, David L. Preston and Bruce M. Venter, as they guide you along Johnson's victory on September 8, 1755 at the Battle of Lake George. The Battle was a significant event in the first year of the French & Indian War as 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, Old Fort Johnson on our return from the battlefield. Lunch will be provided at the Lake George Battlefield Park. 

Registration - Two ways to Register

Lodging - Please Click Here for 2022 Hotel-Lodging Information - Sir William Johnson Conference

Conference Schedule (Please note, this Schedule is subject to changes and will change, please check back periodically)

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

Conference Sponsors - Please Click Here for Sponsor Information