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Women in War: the Revolutionary Experience – a Symposium
Military history has traditionally emphasized the exploits of men in war but neglected the roles of women. This conference explored the experiences and actions of some of the extraordinary women in the American Revolutionary War. The speakers are leading experts on the subject.
WHEN – Saturday, May 14, 2022 9 AM to 4 PM
WHERE – Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY
WHO & SUBJECT
- Dr. Holly Mayer, West Point instructor and Professor Emerita in History at Duquesne University. Lifetime researcher and author on her subject: Women Warriors
- Todd Braisted, prodigiously published historian. Distinguished scholar of both sides in the American War for Independence. Subject: The Loyalist women
- Jenna Schnitzer, historian and living history specialist on the battles of Saratoga. Subject: The Army’s essential support - ‘Camp followers’
- Jonathan House, strategic expert and military researcher. Subject: The Baroness Frederika Riedesel, a Revolutionary sojourn and The Marshall House, Saratoga
- Lois Huey, historical archeologist. Subject: Molly Brant, Native American leader in Colonial America
Organizer and master of ceremonies was Bruce Venter, noted organizer of history conferences throughout the United States. The Symposium will benefit the historic Marshall House in Schuylerville, NY, and the telling of its history. Mr. Venter is Vice President of The Marshall House Inc.
The event was sponsored by the Saratoga County 250th American Revolution Commission and the Saratoga County History Center.
This was an all-day event and included lunch and refreshments. Reservations were taken in advance and sold out.
Symposium guests toured the Marshall House following the conference at Saratoga Town Hall. They were welcomed by David Bullard, resident of the house and President of The Marshall House Inc. The Baroness Riedesel portrayed by historian Debbie Bailey told of events during the Siege of Saratoga in October 1777. Visitors enjoyed the living history experience and expressed that it pulled together much of what they had learned in the Symposium.