Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Thirteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution September 23-25, 2016. This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American Revolution. The Seminar takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.
“Leading authorities and new scholars on the period will share their latest research in a series of presentations,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education. “The Seminar provides participants with an opportunity to listen to and interact with the presenters in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.”
Beginning in 2004, Fort Ticonderoga’s Seminar on the American Revolution has become a noted national venue for presenters highlighting a variety of topics on the Revolution and its impact that reverberated across the world. This year’s speakers include:
- Amy Noel Ellison, a post-doctoral fellow at the American Philosophical Society, “The Candidate Campaign and the March toward American Independence.”
- Donald F. Johnson, an assistant professor of early American history at North Dakota State University, “Making Loyalty a Sure Game: The Politics of Allegiance in British-Occupied Cities.”
- T. Cole Jones, an assistant professor of early American history at Purdue University and the 2015-16 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the New York Historical Society, “Ransoms for Some of our Friends at Boston: The British Garrison of Fort Ticonderoga in American Captivity.”
- Christian McBurney, an independent historian who has written books and articles on the Revolutionary War, “Abductions in the American Revolution.”
- Ken Miller, an associate professor of history and Director of American Studies at Washington College, “The Country is Full of Prisoners of War: British and German Captives during the War for Independence.”
- Nicholas Muller III, in collaboration with John J. Duffy, published Inventing Ethan Allen in 2014, “Making it Up in Vermont: The Military Career of Ethan Allen.”
- Molly Perry, a lecturer at Christopher Newport University and a Ph.D. candidate at the College of William and Mary, “No Slavery and No Stamps: African Americans and the Stamp Act Crisis.”
- Glenn F. Williams, a retired military officer who is now a senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History at Fort McNair, DC, and recently completed a doctoral degree, “Lord Denmore’s War: Last Indian Conflict of the Colonial Era.”
The Seminar also features a presentation by Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie. As a journeyman saddler, as well as historian, Lilie directs on-site tours, demonstrations, horticulture, historic trades, and maritime programs at Fort Ticonderoga. His presentation “Right of the Line, Right on the Water: The New Jersey Redoubt” explores how the New Jersey Redoubt was washed away by progress in peacetime into Lake Champlain following the American Revolution. A full acre in area, the New Jersey Redoubt mounted the largest cannons on the New York side of the Continental Camp at Ticonderoga in 1776 and 1777.
Registration for the Seminar is $155 per person, $135 for Fort Ticonderoga Members. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Fort’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.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 the Fort at 518-585-2821.