Old Fort Johnson presentation set

CHARLESTON — Rachel Bliven will present a video talk titled “Old Fort Johnson: Sir William Johnson’s Frontier Estate” at 2 p.m. June 25 at the Charleston Historical Society in the former First Baptist Church of Charleston, 390 Polin Road.

She will share a video about Old Fort Johnson’s history and discuss the programs planned for this year at the Montgomery County Historical Society, a news release said.

Bliven is the museum director at the Montgomery County Historical Society. She was interpretive programs manager for the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission for 12 years.

Before that, she was an independent consultant developing many of the New York state Cultural Heritage Program visitor centers. She has degrees in history and historic preservation and has lived in the Capital Region since 1985.

A flag retirement ceremony will immediately follow the program.

Participants may bring flags that are faded, torn and worn out that are no longer deemed fit to be displayed, for proper disposal at the annual ceremony, the news release said.

Any wooden, plastic and other type of holder should be removed. On larger flags, the lanyard must be cut off and removed. Only federal U.S. flags will be accepted.

The program is free to the public.

Refreshments will be provided after the flag ceremony.

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