Kevin Graffagninos expertise is Vermont History and he is the Executive Director of the Vermont Historical Society. Among his numerous articles and books is a two-volume set on the original Vermonter, Ethan Allen. Graffagnino entertains with analyses of Allen using his own correspondence and writings. George Neuman will address the seminar on the important battle of Monmouth and sign his books on 18th century weaponry.
From Virginia to Maine, with a stop at Fort Ticonderoga, Clint Johnsons book, Colonial America and the American Revolution The 25 Bets Sites, is a how-to for the enthusiastic Rev War fan. These are the not-to-be-missed sites that will give anyone a working knowledge of how the war was fought and won; who the main players were around the continent; and why its still important to learn about them! Mr. Johnson will sign his book in the Book Store beginning at 11 a.m.
Among the other Seminar faculty is Military Historian Lt. Col. Donald Lohndal-Smidt with a presentation that covers the German involvement in the Revolution with portraits and watercolors of the magnificent uniforms. John U. Rees and Phil Weaver will both speak to the experience of the common soldier in the Revolution. Rees discusses the attempted army draft and its impact while Weaver focuses on the 3rd New Jersey Regiments involvement in the 1776 Campaign.
To top off the intense focus on the war a comic presentation by actor Howard Burnham will be given Saturday evening at 7:30. Mr. Burnham will portray Bloody Ban Tarleton as the host of a dinner party giving attendees a chance to take out a any frustrations with a little audience participation.
The program is open by registration only and included lunches both days. The fee is $130 or $110 for Friends of the Fort. For further information call Fort Ticonderoga at 585-2821.