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This June, our Path Through History program was held on the 18th. Special thanks to all who attended as well as to members of the 34th Regiment of Foot as well as & Peters' Corps for their participation. It was great to see the site come to life! We also welcomed a number of servicemen and servicewomen of the 21st century on staff rides. It is a very gratifying feeling to know that the site is playing a role in the training and education of those in our modern military.

July promises to be a busy month. There will be a Hoosic River Watershed Association tour this Saturday at 10 AM. David Pitlyk will lead but reservations made be made through Lauren Stevens (413-458-3154 // lstevens@berkshire.net). The Rensselaer Land Trust will go on a guided hike at the site on the 16th at 11:00 AM. All are welcome.

In the last newsletter, we indicated we had some big news. On the 17th at 2:00 PM the Hoosick Falls Junior/Senior High School auditorium will host Andrew O'Shaughnessy author of the award-winning The Men Who Lost America as a joint presentation of NYSOPRHP and WCNY. The event is free and open to the public. O’Shaughnessy is the Vice President of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
 

 

Peter Schaaphok addresses the crowd and explains the action at Hessian Hill.
With members of Peters' Corps in the background, the Matthew Zembo of the 34th explains a drill.


Also in July, a walking tour of the site will be held on the 20th at 4:00 PM. Visitors can learn how the Battle of Bennington unfolded by visiting three points of interest in the first engagement of the battle and one off-site cemetery.

If you are a movie buff, come and watch a classic movie set during the Revolutionary War as part of an open-air screening on July 27th at 9:00 PM. Light refreshments will be available. We are excited to begin showing what will be the first in a series of films at the site.

Finally, for August the Bennington Battlefield Discussion Group will be reading The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire by Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy. The author will speak at the Hoosick Falls High School on the 17th of July at 2:00 PM so feel free to attend his talk ahead of our next meeting that will be held Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 PM at Brown’s Walloomsac Taproom.

The book weighs in at over 400 pages, so members are directed to read at a minimum the chapters on George III, Lord North, Lord George Germain and of course John Burgoyne.

Best,
David Pitlyk
Historic Site Assistant
518-860-9094