J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

American Revolution Conference in Williamsburg, 18-20 March

On the weekend of 18-20 March, America’s History, LLC, will host its 5th Annual Conference on the American Revolution in Williamsburg, Virginia. There’s a stellar lineup of speakers, plus me.

This conference will take place two months before the one in central New York that I described yesterday. I’m writing about it second only because I understand that it’s already sold out. So this is pretty much for the record.

Speakers and presentations include:
  • Edward G. Lengel, “‘The Action was Warm in Every Quarter’: The Battle of Germantown
  • Nathaniel Philbrick, “‘Stand Secure Amidst a Falling World’: The Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Daniel Krebs, “The King’s German Auxiliaries during the American War of Independence”
  • Kathleen Duval, “Spain’s Unsung Hero: Bernado Galvez and the Capture of Pensacola 1781”
  • Peter Henriques, “America’s Atlas: The Leadership of George Washington
  • James Kirby Martin, “Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec
  • Todd Braisted, “The Grand Forage of 1778: The Revolutionary War’s Forgotten Campaign”
  • J. L. Bell, “The Road to Concord: How Four Small Cannons Set Off the American Revolution”
  • Molly Fitzgerald Perry, “‘The Lowest of the Mob’: Exploring the Actions of Sailors and Slaves during the Stamp Act Crisis”
There will also be panel discussions with all the speakers and an update on Campaign 1776 from the Civil War Trust.

The entire conference will take place at the Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel. For comparison, the package, including lunches and refreshment breaks, costs $225. Featured sponsors are Westholme Publishing, Tim Sampson’s Battlemaps.us, and White Historic Art.

Aside from some speakers, I doubt there will be many people at this conference as well as the Fort Plain Museum’s. But I’ll have different presentations for each.

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