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 09, 2020

Fort Plain Museum Conference, 11-14 June

The Fort Plain Museum has announced the speakers at its annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference, scheduled for 11-14 June 2020.

I’ve attended this event in the past and enjoyed not only the speakers but the dedication of the organizers and attendees.

The scheduled presenters are:
  • Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, “The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain”
  • Craig Bruce Smith, “The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army”
  • 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”
  • Lindsay M. Chervinsky, “Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency”
  • David Head, “George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy”
  • Eric H. Schnitzer, “The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga—1777”
  • Todd W. Braisted, “In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783”
  • Katie Turner Getty, “Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York”
  • James E. Richmond, “War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution”
  • Wayne Lenig, “Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary”
The Saturday dinner will be enlivened by Robert A. Selig speaking on “Battlefield Preservation Efforts in the Mohawk Valley.”

This conference usually also offers bus tours of the historic sites in the region on the first days with presentations on the weekend. Information about those opportunities, the conference facility, the fundraiser dinner, and other registration details will be available shortly. Watch this page.

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