Fort Ticonderoga presents the opportunity to attend the Twelfth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution September 25-27, 2015. This annual seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the War for American Independence (1775-1783), bringing together a panel of distinguished historians from around the country and beyond. The Seminar takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.
Begun in 2004, the Seminar on the American Revolution has become a noted venue for presenters, featuring a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the Revolution. Speakers include:
- Joseph M. Adelman, professor of history at Framingham State University, “News of the Killing Stamp: Information Networks and the Stamp Act Crisis.”
- Stephen Brumwell, author of George Washington: Gentleman Warrior, “George Washington at War.”
- Michael Harris, author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777, “General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine.”
- James Kirby Martin, Cullen University Professor of History at the University of Houston, and Mark Edward Lender, Emeritus Professor of History at Kean University, “Celebrating ‘A Respectable Army’: George Washington and the Making of the Continental Military Establishment.”
- John Nagy, scholar in residence at Saint Francis University, “The Most Dangerous Spy in American History: Dr. Benjamin Church.”
- Bruce M. Venter, author of The Battle of Hubbardton, “The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved the Northern Army.”
- Philip D. Weaver, independent historian, “The 2nd New-York Provincial Battalion (1775): On Additional Continental Service.”
- William M. Welsh, president of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond, “Washington’s Lieutenants: The Generals of the Continental Army.”
- Marko Zlatich, Library of the Society of the Cincinnati, “George Washington: The Soldier in the Blue and Buff Uniform.”
The Seminar also features a presentation by Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections Matthew Keagle. Keagle will give a presentation “Whose Brunswickers? A Visual and Material Mystery.” Follow the trail of a series of watercolors thought to depict Brunswick soldiers from the American Revolution. An analysis of these images reveals a complex story of the international soldier trade of the 18th century, friendships forged through the American War, and ultimately the re-discovery of material culture that sheds light on the uniforms of Britain’s German Auxiliaries.
The registration fee for the seminar is $155; additional discounts are available for Members of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop-down menu. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Fort Ticonderoga at 518-585-2821.
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