Upcoming Events

May 30

The Revolutionary War Conference 250

Save-the-Date - May 30-June 1, 2025 - The American Revolutionary War Conference 250

Speakers Confirmed (More will be added and topics updated soon)

Major General Jason Q. Bohm USMC – 250th United States Marine Corp

Alexander R. Cain – Lexington and Concord 1775

Michael P. Gabriel – General Richard Montgomery/Canadian Campaign 1775

Don N. Hagist – State of British Army in 1775

Patrick H. Hannum – Great Bridge and Kemps Landing, Virginia 1775

Edward G. Lengel – 250th General George Washington and the Continental Army

Wayne Lenig – Committee of Safety and the Mohawk Valley in 1775

James L. Nelson – Bunker Hill 1775

Lexington & Concord Bus Tour


The Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park and its Board of Trustees, sincerely thank you all for attending this year's American Revolutionary War Conference 250 and bus tour, and for the many donations, memberships, and book purchases throughout the event. Thank you to all of the attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers, you are all great supporters of the museum, and we appreciate it greatly. Thank you for the feedback via the evaluations, as we will implement changes to better enhance your future attendance. We will inform you when our programs appear of CSPAN.

Lunch: Provided on Saturday and Sponsored by Lorna Hainesworth, Ambassador and National Traveler and Fort Plain Museum Board of Trustees Member

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

Please Click Here to Learn More about our Sponsors & Supporters


2024 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Fireside Chat - James Kirby Martin with guest host Mark Edward Lender - Professor and Student Discuss the American Revolutionary War, the Upcoming 250th Anniversary and Their Legacies

Nancy Bradeen Spannaus - "For the Future Grandeur and Glory of America" Alexander Hamilton's War for Our Economic Independence (Supported by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society)

Gary Ecelbarger - "This Happy Opportunity": George Washington and the Battle of Germantown

James R. Fichter - Tea - Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776

Shirley L. Green - Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers, Freeborn Men of Color, Soldiers of Independence

Mark Edward Lender - "Liberty or Death!" - Some Revolutionary Statistics and Existential Warfare

Shawn David McGhee - No Longer Subjects of the British King: The Political Transformation of Royal Subjects to Republican Citizens, 1774-1776

James Kirby Martin - The Marquis de Lafayette Visits the Mohawk Valley, Again and Again

Matthew E. Reardon - The Traitor's Homecoming, Benedict Arnold's Raid on New London, September 4-13, 1781

John L. Smith - The Unexpected Abigail Adams: A Woman “Not Apt to Be Intimidated” (Supported by the Dr. Joseph Warren Foundation)

Glenn F. Williams - No Other Motive Than the True Interest of This Country: Dunmore's War 1774

The James F. Morrison Mohawk Valley Resident Historian - Chris Leonard (Schenectady City Historian) - Storehouse Schenectady: Depot and Transportation Center for the Northern War

David Moyer - Recent Archaeology Discoveries on the Site of Revolutionary War Fort Plain

Bus Tour - 1774: The Rising Tide, Schenectady to Johnstown - Tour Leaders Norman Bollen and Wayne Lenig


2023 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Fireside Chat - Special Guest Lorna Hainesworth and Guest Host Bruce M. Venter - For the Love of History!

Lisa Anderson & Charles E. Vandrei - Revolutionary War Soldiers Remains: Uncovering the Mystery of the Unearthed Lake George Burying Grounds

Friederike Baer - Hessians: The German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War

Benjamin L. Carp - The Boston Tea Party at 250: Reflections on the Radicalism of the Revolutionary Movement

Vivian E. Davis - Over 250 Years Ago! The Battle of Golden Hill, January 19, 1770

Holly A. Mayer - Congress's Own A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union

Steven Park - 250 Years of Remembering: The Changing Landscape of Gaspee History

Nina Sankovitch - The Abiding Quest of a Forgotten Hero: How Josiah Quincy Battled Overwhelming Odds to Bring Together the Northern and Southern Colonies in 1773, Fanning the Flames of Revolution and Laying the Groundwork for Independence from England

Eric H. Schnitzer - Picturing History: The Images of the American War for Independence

Sergio Villavicencio - St Eustatius and the American Revolution

Mohawk Valley Resident Historian - Terry McMaster - A Revolutionary Couple on the Old New York Frontier: Col. Samuel Clyde & Catharine Wasson of Cherry Valley 

New York State and the 250th: Where Things Stand - Presenters: Devin R. Lander, New York State Historian, Phil Giltner, Director of Special Projects, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Constance M. Kehoe, President, Revolutionary Westchester 250 and Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian        

Norman J. Bollen - The Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park’s Grand Enhancement Plan – Rebuilding the Blockhouse for the 250th

Bus Tour - Forts and Fortified Homes of the Mohawk Valley - Tour Leaders Bruce Venter, Wayne Lenig and Norm Bollen


2022 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Fireside Chat with John "Jack" Buchanan and Guest Host Bruce M. Venter - Rice Kings, "Pack of Beggars", and Smelly Continentals -- Revolution in the Deep South with the Swamp Fox, the Gamecock, and other characters "Agile, Mobile, and Hostile"

William M. Fowler, Jr. - The Revolution's Odd Couple: John Hancock and Samuel Adams

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

Ricardo A. Herrera - Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778

Eric H. Schnitzer - Brave and Gallant: Black and African American Military Men at Saratoga

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

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

Christian McBurney Dark Voyage: An American Privateer's War on Britain's African Slave Trade

Glenn F. Williams - Leadership from Both Sides During the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779

Robert A. Selig - The Road to Yorktown: Moving the Army from Newport, Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia

Bus Tour - Drums Along the Mohawk: General Nicholas Herkimer, the Battle of Oriskany and Siege of Fort Schuyler (Stanwix) - Tour Leaders Glenn F. Williams and Norman J. Bollen


2021 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Fireside Chat - William M. Fowler, Jr. with Guest Host Christian DiSpigna – Revolution Breaks Out in Boston and it’s the Usual Suspects, Adams, Hancock, Warren, Revere, and others!

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

David O. Stewart - George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father

Katie Turner Getty - Escape from New York! American Prisoners of War and the Jails and Prison Ships of New York

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

Wayne Lenig - Joseph Brant’s 1780 Raid on Fort Plain and the Canajohary Settlement

Wade P. Catts & Robert A. Selig - The Battles of Stone Arabia and Klock's Field, October 19, 1780: A Study

Robert A. Selig - Tuesday, 14 August 1781: The Day that Shook the World

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

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

Bus Tour – The Battles of Stone Arabia and Klock’s Field, 1780 - Tour Leader Wayne Lenig


2020 - No Conference Due to COVID-19 Pandemic


2019 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenn F. Williams – Beyond the Mohawk: The Battles of Newtown and Groveland

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

Bus Tour 1 – The Clinton Portage: Sullivan/Clinton Campaign of 1779 - Tour Leader Wayne Lenig

Bus Tour 2 – The Footsteps of General Washington, 1783 - Tour Leader Norm Bollen


2018 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Rand Scholet - The Alexander Awareness Society President & Kayla Empey - Central New York Chapter President - What is the Alexander Awareness Society?

Michael E. Newton - Alexander Hamilton’s Revolutionary War Service

Russell Shorto - Revolution Song: America’s Founding Era in Six Remarkable Lives

Edward G. Lengel – George Washington and the Burning of New York City, 1776

Eric H. Schnitzer – “Hessians” at the Battle of Bennington, 1777

James L. Nelson – Benedict Arnold's Navy: The Story of the Rag Tag Fleet that Lost the Battle of Valcour Island and Won the American Revolution

Don N. Hagist – Redcoats Along the Mohawk: British Soldiers in Western New York, 1777-1783

Bruce M. Venter – Benedict Arnold's Nemesis: Colonel John Brown's Fateful Journey to the Mohawk Valley

Jennifer DeBruin – Traitors, Spies & Heroes: Loyalist Espionage in the American Revolution

Glenn F. Williams – Sir William Johnson, the Iroquois Confederacy and Lord Dunmore’s War

John Buchanan – Two Warriors: George Washington and Sir William Howe

Wayne Lenig – The Tryon County Committee of Safety

Panel Discussion – Patriot or Loyalist? – All Presenters and Audience

Bus Tour - Season of Terror 1778: Battle and Raid Sites - Tour Leader Wayne Lenig


2017 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Tom Mercer and Anthony Vertucci - Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed Preview

William M. Fowler Jr. - An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783

Gavin K. Watt - Neighbours Against Neighbours - Fort Schuyler and Oriskany

Eric H. Schnitzer - Tactics of the 1777 Battles of Saratoga

Christian M. McBurney - Abductions in the American Revolution in Northern New York

Robert A. Geake - From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution

Dean R. Snow - Oneidas, Mohawks, and the Saratoga Campaign

Bruce M. Venter - Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne discussed: “The Murder of Jane McCrea or How I Lost the War in America!”

Wayne Lenig - 1780, the Year of the Burning: The War on the Mohawk Frontier

Todd W. Braisted - The Royalist Corps in the Burgoyne Campaign

Matthew J. Hollis & David A. Ranzan - Middling Officers in the Mohawk Valley

Daniel M. Sivilich - Musket Balls: Diagnostic Tools for Military Sites

Bus Tour 1 - Mohawk Country - Tour Leader Norm Bollen

Bus Tour 2 - Drums Along the Mohawk - Tour Leaders Wayne Lenig and Ron Burch


2016 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Bruce M. Venter - The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America

James Kirby Martin - Benedict Arnold in the Mohawk Valley: The Rescue of Fort Schuyler (Stanwix)

Edward G. Lengel - First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His and the Nation's

Lois Huey - Molly Brant A Legacy Of Her Own

Todd Braisted - Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City

J.L. Bell - The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War

Don Hagist - The Journal of the American Revolution

Darren Bonaparte - Colonel Louis Cook, Oneidas at Oriskany

Philip D. Weaver - Stories from “The Jersey Greys” of 1776 in Upstate New York’s Mohawk Valley Region

Archeological Review of New York’s British & American Revolutionary War Fortifications

  • Dr. Amy Roache-Fedchenko – Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler)
  • Dr. Susan Maguire – Fort Niagara
  • Dr. Douglas Pippin – Fort Haldimand
  • Aaron Gore – Fort Oswegatchie
  • Wayne Lenig – Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer

Bus Tour 1 - Western Frontier - Tour Leaders Wayne Lenig and Norm Bollen

Bus Tour 2 - Sir William Johnson's World - Tour Leaders Wayne Lenig and Norm Bollen


2015 Conference Speakers and Bus Tour:

Bruce M. Venter - Col. John Brown and the Battle of Diamond Island on Lake George

Jame Kirby Martin - Forgotten Allies, the Oneida Indians and the American Revolution

Todd W. Braisted - “A hellish plan to go over to the enemy" The Revolutionary War Adventures of Lieutenant Edward McMichael

Don Hagist - The Revolution's Last Men, the Soldiers Behind the Photographs

Glenn F. Williams - The Year of the Hangman, George Washington's Campaign Against the Iroquois

Jack Kelly - Band of Giants

Wayne Lenig - Revolutionary War Fort Plain

Bus Tour - Revolutionary War Historic Sites and Museum around Fort Plain - Tour Leaders Norm Bollen and Peter Couser