Speakers during the weekend will be:
- 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”
- Matthew J. Hollis & David A. Ranzan, “Middling Officers in the Mohawk Valley”
- Dean R. Snow, “Oneidas, Mohawks, and the Saratoga Campaign”
- Wayne Lenig, “1780, the Year of the Burning: The War on the Mohawk Frontier”
- Todd W. Braisted, “The Royalist Corps in the Burgoyne Campaign”
- Robert A. Geake, “From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution”
- Daniel M. Sivilich, “Musket Balls: Diagnostic Tools for Military Sites”
In connection to the conference, there are two bus tours of the region scheduled on 8-9 June. The tour on Thursday will visit the Fort Plain Museum, the 1747 Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, Old Fort Johnson, the Stone Arabia Battlefield, the Stone Arabia Church, and the grave of Col. John Brown.
The Friday will feature sites associated with Walter D. Edmonds’s Drums Along the Mohawk: the Palatine Church, Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler), the Oriskany Battlefield, the General Herkimer Home, Fort Herkimer, Fort Herkimer Church, and Fort Dayton.
On the evening of Friday, 9 June, there will be a cocktail reception and a sneak peak of the documentary Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed. Filmmakers Tom Mercer and Anthony Vertucci will discuss this new film in progress.
There’s a tavern dinner on the evening of Saturday, 10 June, at the Van Alstyne Homestead with Bruce M. Venter portraying Gen. John Burgoyne explaining “How I Lost the War in America!” Tours of the Van Alstyne Homestead are free, but the period-authentic drinks will come from a cash bar.
The cost is $60 for the speakers’ portion (including Saturday lunch and coffee break), $40 for each bus tour, $50 for the tavern evening and dinner, or the entire package for $180. All proceeds will benefit the Fort Plain Museum. For more information or to register (or to suggest speakers for a 2018 conference), email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 774-5669.