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Thu 23 Aug
Hudson Highlands: Crucible of American Art
Thursday, August 23, 2018 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Reviving the historic model of expeditionary travel, drawing and painting in books, later unpacked as books and prints in limited editions, James Lancel McElhinney is one of a growing number of living artists producing new works in dialogue with history, science and literature. In this talk, McElhinney's shares his experience, research, practice and insights, as an historian, visual artist and publisher.

Sun 02 Sep
Native American Archaeological Tour
Sunday, September 2, 2018 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Fort Montgomery is best known for its Revolutionary War History. However, the land was also used by bands of hunter-gathers for thousands of years. On this archaeologically themed tour by site interpretive staff, learn about Native American campsites and tool-making stations uncovered during site excavations. Participants will also get a chance to see examples of the various types of projectile points and stone tools uncovered at various locations.

Sat 08 Sep
3rd NJ Garrison Day at Fort Montgomery!
Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Witness a day of tactical demonstrations, drill, camp life, and cooking at Fort Montgomery! The 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Capt. Bloomfield's Company is a living history group dedicated to historical authenticity. Whether it be drill, tactical movements, or washing clothes, this living history day with the Greys promises an exciting, authentic glimpse of Continental soldiering and camp follower life during the American Revolution. Program Family-Friendly.

Thu 13 Sep
The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs
Thursday, September 13, 2018 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Noted historian and author Don N. Hagist will tell the stories of six veterans of the American Revolution who lived long enough to be photographed and interviewed for a book published in 1864. Their images have captivated generations since then, but the accompanying biographies were garbled and distorted through a combination of faded memories and the interviewer's patriotic agenda. Mr. Hagist's 2015 book was intended to be a simple revision of that earlier publication, but grew into a more diverse and interesting work. This talk will describe how the project evolved from a simple update to a landmark study. Book sale and signing to follow.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only and is limited to the first 50. You may reserve seats by calling 845-446-2134. Please leave your name, phone number and number of people in your party.

Sat 22 Sep
In Their Own Words: The Battle for Fort Montgomery!
Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites! Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were there and what they left behind. Program will last approximately 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield and conclude with a musket firing demonstration. Ramblers welcome to bring a bagged lunch. Registration Required - please email: or call 845-446-2134 to Register.

Sat 06 Oct
Twin Forts Day
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Join our friends group and the 5th NY Regiment for the 240th anniversary of the 1777 assault on Forts Montgomery & Clinton, complete with drills, camp life activities, musket demonstrations, and cannon firings.

Sat 27 Oct
Colonial Soap Making
Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Discover how the colonists made soap out of nothing more than wood ash and fat! Family Friendly.