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Mohawk Valley event begins

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Museum’s third annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference began Thursday and will continue through Sunday.

The event includes 10 presentations, two bus tours, a colonial tavern dinner and an opening reception. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The schedule of events for the remainder of the conference includes:

Today

∫ Second bus tour of the “Drums Along the Mohawk” historic sites included in the Walter D. Edmonds American novel — the Palatine Church, Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler), Oriskany Battlefield, General Herkimer home, Fort Herkimer, Fort Herkimer Church and Fort Dayaton.

∫ An opening cocktail reception to include food, beer, wine and spirits tasting from local Mohawk Valley vendors; a peak at the documentary, “Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed,” the story of Benedict Arnold’s contributions to the struggle of American independence.

Saturday

∫ Ten presentations related to the American Revolution, Mohawk Valley and upstate New York will be given at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

∫ An “Evening at the Tavern” at the Van Alstyne Homestead. Lt. Gen. John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne will be on hand to discuss “How I Lost the War in America!”

Burgoyne will be portrayed by Bruce M. Venter. The colonial tavern will serve period drinks (cash bar) and several period appetizers.

An entree and desserts will be served. Free tours of the Van Alstyne Homestead will be provided.

Sunday

∫ The 10 presentations will continue at FMCC.

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