Local author and historian Bob Bearor will be honored as the keynote speaker at the 20th Year War College at Fort De Chartres in Illinois this spring. Fort De Chartres War College is the oldest in the nation from the French and Indian War and precedes that of Fort Ticonderoga by nine years. This is Bearors second speaking engagement at Fort De Chartres. Other nationally known authors and historians who have spoken there include George Neumann, Rene Chartrand and Andre Gousse of Parks Canada. Bearor, who has spoken at other sites such as Fort Necessity, the Ohio Valley Conference, the University of Pittsburgh, Fort Ticonderoga and others, always brings the history of the French and Indian War in New York State as his topic. He has authored five books on the French and Indian War, all of which are rated as bestsellers of Heritage Books Inc., a national publisher. Bearor, along with his wife Holly and son Cliff, are best remembered for putting on the Death of Lord Howe re-enactment in June 2001, for the town of Ticonderoga. It stands today as the largest French and Indian War re-enactment held in the United States. Bearor was appointed by then-Gov. George Patakis 250th French and Indian War Commemoration Commission in 2005 and serves as a commissioner on the 19-member pane.