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The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley

June 14 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 1:00 pm

The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley

June 14-16, 2024


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Conference 250 Speakers:

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 – Alexander Hamilton’s War for American Economic Independence Through Two Documents: The Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress (Dec. 15, 1774) and The Farmer Refuted (Feb. 23, 1775) (Supported by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society)

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

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

Kristofer Ray – The Cherokees, the Six Nations and Indian Diplomacy circa 1763-1776

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)

Bruce M. Venter – Albany and the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765

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

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

In 1774, the politics of the Revolution had arrived in the Mohawk Valley with a vengeance. At the eastern end of the Mohawk another violent Liberty Pole riot was having a detrimental effect on the local citizens of Schenectady. Meanwhile further west along the Mohawk River, in Johnstown, events took a turn when Sir William Johnson passed away in July, thus starting a new chapter in political unrest.

The Bus Tour will include several stops in both Schenectady and Johnstown, such as the Schenectady Stockade, Johnson Hall and more. Lunch is included and will consist of a sit-down buffet with many options. This is a rain or shine tour, please dress for the weather and wear shoes for walking. A tour booklet will be provided.

Conference Location: The Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Theater – The Visual Arts & Communications Building – 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095


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SUNY Fulton-Montgomery
2805 State Highway 67
Johnstown, 12095
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(518) 736-3622
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