LAKE GEORGE The French and Indian War, fought from 1754 to 1763, was the precursor to the fight for American Independence. This conflict, now gaining recognition for its important role in shaping this country and Canada, was a fierce contest between the British and American colonists against the French and Canadians, with Native American allies on both sides. The Hudson Champlain corridor, the Mohawk Valley and St. Lawrence played an important part in the conflict, making New York State a focal point of the war. Historic sites throughout the state are continuing to host events this year to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War. The conflict began in 1754 when a 22-year-old Virginian named George Washington, serving under the British flag, was sent to evict the French from the frontier territory around the Forks of the Ohio. Washington failed spectacularly, igniting a war between France, Britain, and American Indian nations struggling to preserve control of their lands. On May 19 and 20, a two-day symposium will take place at Fort William Henry with scholars from around the world, presenting papers on their latest research on the war. Called War College of the Seven Years War: Theme on the 1757 Siege of Fort William Henry, reservations are needed for this event. Call 585-2821 for information. Bolton is the scene of a season opening of the anniversary on Saturday, May 26 when reenactors will come to Bolton for reenactment and demonstrations the New York State Regiment-Captain McGinnis Company, 1755-1757. Call the Bolton Historical Society for information at 644-9960. On July 26, Historian Russell Bellico will present a slide show and lecture tracing the history of Lake George, dating pivotal battles of the 18th century. Chronicles of Lake George will take place at the Wiawaka Holiday House on Route 9L. Call 668-9690 for information. Fort William Henry will again be the focal point on Aug. 11, with memorial services to mark the 250th anniversary of surrender of Fort William Henry and honor those who fought and died there. The actual surrender took place on Aug. 9, 1757. Visit fwhmuseum.com or call 964-6647 for information. On Sept. 15-16, there will be a hands-on historical fiction account of the siege of Fort William Henry with reenactments of the morning skirmish at the Lake George Forum. Reservations are required, call 668-2200. That same weekend is the official 250th Anniversary Reenactment of the August 1757 Siege of Fort William Henry, a signature event of the NYS 250th Anniversary Commission, supported by the town and village of Lake George as History Weekend and by the Warren County Board of Supervisors. It also begins History Week at communities along the historic military road from Fort Edward to Fort William Henry. Call 964-6647 for information. During the week of Sept. 10 through Sept. 15, participating restaurants in Lake George will offer fixed-price three course meals for $17.57 to commemorate the event. History week, Sept. 17 - 21, will feature programs on the year 1757, presented in area schools and to civic groups, in the communities of Lake George, Queensbury, Glens Falls, Kingsbury, Hudson Falls, and Fort Edward.