This week on The Historians Podcast, archaeologist and historian Wayne Lenig discusses Revolutionary War forts in the Mohawk Valley. Lenig is author of Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer: The Revolutionary War Forts of Canajohary (Fort Plain Museum, 2020). [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley Forts in the Fort Plain Era
A great deal of confusion has developed regarding the historical identities of Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer.
To help dispel that confusion, the Fort Plain Museum has recently published an important new book, Fort Plain, Fork Plank, Fort Rensselaer: The Revolutionary War Forts of Canajohary by Wayne Lenig. [Read more…] about New Book On Revolutionary War Forts at Canajohary
The Fort Plain Museum is set to participate in Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday, by offering 20% off entire purchases on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st.
Free admission to the museum will be included with any purchase. [Read more…] about Small Business Sat, Museum Store Sun in Fort Plain
The Battle of Johnstown and the death of Walter Butler are considered two of the more important events in the final phase of the Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley. More than any other events in his life, these events are seen as raising Col. Marinus Willett from to the status of “Hero of the Mohawk Valley.”
The Town of Minden is set to hold its 5th Annual History Fair on Saturday, September 21st from 10 am to 4 pm, at Haslett Park in downtown Fort Plain. [Read more…] about Minden, Montgomery Co, History Fair On Saturday
The Fort Plain Museum is set to welcome back Hamilton Historian Michael E. Newton on Wednesday, July 17, to discuss three of the most interesting topics from his new book Discovering Hamilton (Eleftheria Publishing, 2019).
Based on newly discovered legal testimonies from St. Croix, Newton presents new evidence and conclusions regarding Alexander Hamilton’s birthdate, places of residence, religion, parents, and more. He will also scrutinize a well-known “fact” regarding Hamilton’s wedding to Elizabeth Schuyler (which took place at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany) and will reexamine Hamilton’s involvement in the Newburgh Conspiracy. [Read more…] about Alexander Hamilton’s Birth, Wedding, and Newburgh Conspiracy
The 2019 American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference is this weekend, June 7-9, at the Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal St, Fort Plain. The conference is free for all history teachers and students from and associated with Montgomery County, public and private schools and colleges. [Read more…] about Am Rev Conference Free for Montgomery Co History Teachers, Students
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Fort Plain Museum is set to host military historian and author Edward G. Lengel, author of several award winning books on George Washington and the First World War, who will present “The American Way of War from the Revolution to World War I”.
A Revolutionary War and World War I historian, Lengel argues that the idea of a uniquely “American Way of War” dates back to colonial days, and especially to a dramatic, and losing, battle in which George Washington played a major role. The ideas about American versus European tactics and military behavior that this battle generated continues to influence the United States today. [Read more…] about American Way of War: Revolution to World War I
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a factory building in Fort Plain that was the 20th century home of Luxuray, makers of women’s underwear. They also talk about the Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam as described in a 1950 mill publication. [Read more…] about Luxuray: Fort Plain’s Underwear Factory History
A foundation named for a Fort Plain inventor and his wife, both born in the 19th century, continues to support local charitable organizations. William Yerdon was born in the town of Minden, NY in 1843. He married Sylvina “Vina” Barker in 1881.
Born in Canada, Vina Barker had studied telegraphy and came to Fort Plain in 1876 as a telegraph operator for the New York Central Railroad. She kept her job for about a year after marrying Yerdon, a businessman and Fort Plain postmaster who patented the Yerdon Double Hose Band in 1890. [Read more…] about The Legacy of Fort Plain Inventor William Yerdon