Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Second Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War, May 19-21, 2017. With a panel of distinguished historians from across the United States, this seminar focuses on the Seven Years’ War in North America, also known as the French & Indian War. The War College takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.
Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become the premier seminar on the French & Indian War in the United States. It features 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 French & Indian War. Speakers include:
- Brady J. Crytzer, Robert Morris University, “The Kittanning Raid of 1756: The Politics of Indian War and the End of Pennsylvania’s Peaceable Kingdom.”
- John M. Dixon, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, “Colden’s War: A View from the New York Frontier.”
- Joseph Gagné, Laval University, “Unconquered: Two French Retreats to Louisiana in 1760.”
- Paul Kelton, University of Kansas, “Disease Diplomacy: How Rumors of Smallpox, Outbreaks, and Diabolical Schemes Shaped the Course of Empire in North America.”
- David MacDonald, Illinois State University (retired), “French Illinois and the Seven Years’ War.”
- Gary G. Shattuck, researcher, “Colonel Ephraim Williams and the ‘Bloody Morning Scout’: An Evolution in Colonial Warfare.”
- Jessica L. Wallace, George College & State University, “‘A Little Stumbling Block’: The Cherokee War and Challenges of Alliance on the Southern Frontier.”
The War College will also feature a presentation by Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s Curator. His presentation “Breaking the Rules and Dressing the Part: Dress and Traditions of Light Troops by the Seven Years’ War” explores the European precedents for both dress and operations of specialist troops in North America. European soldiers who found themselves in North America had both practical and theoretical experience with a wide range of irregulars from the fringes of the Western world and in ways both explicit and subconscious they drew on those sources during the war in America.
A Saturday evening program by Researcher George A. Bray III will highlight “Lieutenant Colonel John Bradstreet and the Fall of Fort Frontenac.”
Sunday’s sessions conclude with an optional boat cruise aboard M/V Carillon to explore the events of 1759 on Lake Champlain. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to War College participants.
Registration for the War College is now open at $145 ($120 for those registering by March 15th); additional discounts available for Members of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from our website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu and then clicking on the War College. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting the Business Office at 518-585-2821.
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Photo: Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Second Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 19-21, 2017. Early Bird Registration—with a saving of $25—closes March 15th. Register Today!