October 16      Fort "Blunder" & Fort Montgomery- A Closer Look  

4 p.m. in the Founders Tavern

Few locations on historic Lake Champlain have been the subject of more mystery and misinformation than the ruins of old Fort Montgomery just south of the border at Rouses Point, New York. Often referred to as "Fort Blunder," this remarkable structure was the last masonry fort constructed along storied Lake Champlain. In this presentation Jim Millard will discuss the many mysteries surrounding the fort, especially whether or not it was really built by the US in Canada. He will discuss the significance of its location on the lake, its remarkable history and take us on a guided tour of the fort through vintage images and modern photos.

Local author and historian Jim Millard is an Instructional Designer/technologist at Saint Michael's College. He has been writing about Lake Champlain, Lake George and Richelieu River history since 1997 when he first published his popular website- America's Historic Lakes (http://www.historiclakes.org). Jim has written 4 books about Lake Champlain history, including two about Fort Montgomery. He has had numerous articles and photos published in magazines and journals and provided materials for use in museum exhibits in the US, United Kingdom, atlases, public television documentaries and educational textbooks. In 2009 he appeared in the pilot for the History Channel presentation of "How the States Got Their Shapes."




November 20  "Patriotic Dissent or Treason in the Green Mountains: Vermonters and the War of 1812"

2 p.m. in the Founders Tavern

Given debates over the last decade about the appropriate role and scope of dissent during wartime, Dr. Brucken will analyze similarities and differences with a conflict from the distant past. The War of 1812 featured a fractured public, charges of treason and imperial glory, laws to muzzle dissent, and constitutional challenges. Republican Vermonters were at the forefront of anti-war speech and actions, thereby creating a deep conflict with the Federalist administration of President John Adams.

 Dr. Rowland Brucken is a Professor of History at Norwich University. A historian of international human rights law, he has published and given conference papers on the intersection between human rights, domestic politics, and American foreign policy. He teaches courses on genocide, civil rights, the Cold War, the 1960s, and baseball history. 



December 11 "Hamilton: The Man and The Music"

2 p.m. in the Founders Tavern

 From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton’s life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score."