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DevilDan1900

Just wanted to post a heads up for an event I will be co-hosting in Plattsburgh, NY at the Plattsburgh Barracks (original Army post name for the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base), in upstate NY, home to the 21st Infantry during the Spanish American War and the 26th Infantry, the "Iron Fist," during WW1. This will be a two day timeline event being held in cooperation with Battle of Plattsburgh Association, which has a fantastic War of 1812 museum on the grounds, which will be open and involoved with the event as well. The timeline will follow the military history of the Champlain Valley and will go from 1609, the year of the discovery of the lake by Samuel D. Champlain, to the present day. There will be firing demonstrations, by era, on both days, similar to what they do at the annual Springfield Armory timeline event and an encampment. Firewood, water, and bathroom facilties will be provided on site as well. More details will follow as the event date approaches, but just wanted to give everyone out there enough time to plan on what is shaping up to be a great event!

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DevilDan1900

The event itself will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 2007. Early birds can set up on Friday if they like and events will be held through Saturday and Sunday.

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Here is one of the press releases that went out today as well as the registration forms, etc.:

 

March 19, 2007

 

Greetings Fellow Re-enactors:

 

You are cordially invited to attend a special timeline event being held the

weekend of May 26-27, 2007 in Plattsburgh, NY on the former Air Force Base.

This is the first time this event is being held and reenactor participation will

be required to make it a success.

 

The Event will be broken up into the following major time periods:

1609 - Samuel De Champlain, first European involved in an armed conflict on the

lake

1642 -1651 - English Civil Wars - Early Colonization of America

1756 - 1763 - Seven Years War/French and Indian War

1775 -1783 - American Revolution

1812 - 1814 - War of 1812

1846 - 1848 - Mexican War

1861 - 1865 - American Civil War

1898 - Spanish American War

1914 - 1918 - WWI/The Great War

1939 - 1945 - WWII

1947 - 1991 - Cold War

1991- Present - Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

The encampment will be held on the grounds of the Battle of Plattsburgh

Association located at 31 Washington Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12903, between

Washington RD and US Route 9/US Avenue (See pic attached.) The encampment will

make a linear progression from the earliest time period to the latest.

 

Set up will begin on Friday the 25th of May, and continue on until Saturday

morning. Please have all vehicles out of the encampment area no later than 8:30

am Saturday morning. A safety inspection will be conducted by a member of the

event staff on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:00 am for participants in

the firing demonstration. Participants should make sure their firearms are

clean and in good working order. There is to be no live ammunition on the site

at anytime, and all black powder cartridges are to be pre-rolled, with no loose

powder on site.

 

There will be portable toilets on site, as well as indoor bathrooms in the

museum which will be kept open throughout the weekend. Saturday night we are

planning “Movie Night in the Auditorium” and will provide popcorn and soda for

participants.

 

We are also asking for volunteers that would be willing to give short 10 to 15

minute talks in the auditorium on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a sign-up

sheet onsite for those willing to participate in that.

 

The highlight of the event will be a narrated firing demonstration “From

Matchlock to Cartridge Loader: Four Centuries of Military Firearms” where

participants will be able to demonstrate the firearm of their time period

starting from the earliest to the most modern.

 

Please note the registration form attached to this e-mail. Please send me a

return by e-mail (or regular mail if you choose.) We need information on

numbers of people ahead of time to plan for the encampment. Also to note is an

informational packet, that contains (hopefully) most of the answers to your

questions.

 

For more details on the local accommodations, restaurants, maps, etc., please

visit:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/

 

On another note, this is the first time we are hosting this event, and it’s very

much a small grass roots event being organized by the Battle of Plattsburgh

Association, and some of its members. For those of you that can’t make it for

the event in September here’s a nice reason to come for a visit. But for

everyone, here’s an opportunity that you can use to come make a difference, and

help support the struggling museums that now have a home on the former Air Force

base.

 

I look forward to seeing you and greeting you at the camp!

 

Best wishes,

 

Joshua Wingler

Encampment Coordinator

Battle of Plattsburgh Association

PO Box 2645

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Telephone (Josh): (518) 825-0684 Cell: (518) 578-0900

Email: Winglerj@westelcom.com

 

 

 

 

The Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History

(1609-Present)

May 26-27, 2007

Hosted by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association

All participants must register for the event on site.

Every member of your unit must check in at the registration. According to conditions of the insurer for the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, all reenactors/participants must sign a waiver of liability before participating in any activity. This can be filled out ahead of time and handed in at the time of registration to speed up registration process. Check-in times are listed under REGISTRATION PROCEDURES in this packet.

Safety Inspection

Saturday, 9:00 a.m., and Sunday, 9:00 a.m., with the firing demonstration participants formed in front of the camp area, a safety inspection will be conducted on the participants firearms by a designated member of the staff of The Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History event.

Water, Firewood, Straw

Water and firewood will be available. Potable water can be gathered inside the War of 1812 Museum, and firewood will be available upon request.

Site maintenance/Housekeeping

A trash bag will be distributed to each participant during registration. On Sunday afternoon, please clean your area, tie up the bag and leave it at your campsite. We appreciate your assistance in caring for these historic grounds.

Contact Information:

Battle of Plattsburgh Association

PO Box 2645

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Or Call:

(518) 566-1814

 

 

The Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History

(1609-Present)

May 26-27, 2007

Hosted by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association

 

Registration procedures

Thank you for offering to join us for our 1st Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History Event on the grounds of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association. Please read the following information carefully. Feel free to contact Joshua Wingler (518) 578-0900, or the Battle of Plattsburgh Association (518) 566-1814 for more information.

 

Registration Procedures:

All participants must register for the event on site at the designated registration area.

Friday May 25, Noon – 9:00 pm

Saturday May 26, 6:00 am - 8:30 am

Sunday May 27, 6:00 am - 8:30 am

 

All reenactors/participants must sign a waiver of liability before participating in any activity.

We must also confirm your contact information as well as get an accurate count.

After registration, you will receive a map, parking permit and schedule. The on-site coordinators will direct you to the areas where you can set up your tents.

Signs will be posted to assist you.

If you set up prior to registration and set up in the wrong location, you will be asked to relocate. So

please register first!

 

Reenactor Parking:

Check your event map for designated parking areas. Include a description of your vehicle during reenactor registration and place your parking permit obtained at registration on the driver’s side of your dashboard. The parking area will be accessible throughout the weekend. When you check in, you will be directed to the appropriate lot.

 

Working Schedule of Events:

Friday May 25

Noon – 9:00 pm Setup and registratoion opens (please give advanced notice if you plan to set up on Friday)

Saturday May 26

6:00 am – Registration opens

8:30 am – All vehicles to be off the camp area

9:00 am – Safety inspection for all participants in the firing demonstration

10:00 am – Camp opens to the public

11:00-12:00 am – 1st firing demonstration planned, “From Matchlock to Cartridge Loader: Four Centuries of Firearms”

1:30-2:30 pm – Historic talks take place in auditorium, reenactors give 10-15 minute presentations about their time period and portrayal

3:00-4:00 pm – 2nd Firing demonstration

5:00 pm – Camp closes to the public

 

8:00 pm – Movie night in the Auditorium, popcorn and soda will be provided and reenactors are welcome to come in and watch a movie on the big screen

 

Sunday May 27

6:00 am – Registration opens

8:30 am – All vehicles need to be off the camp area

9:00 am – Safety inspection for all participants in the firing demonstration

10:00 am – Camp opens to the public

11:00-12:00 am – 1st firing demonstration planned, “From Matchlock to Cartridge Loader: Four Centuries of Firearms”

1:00-2:00 pm – Historic talks take place in auditorium, reenactors give 10-15 minute presentations about their time period and portrayal

2:30-3:15 pm – 2nd Firing demonstration

3:30 pm – Camp closes to the public, and participants may pack up and leave

 

The Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History

(1609-Present)

May 26-27, 2007

Hosted by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association

 

Rules & Regulations

Safety and conduct guidelines; these rules and regulations are in place to provide a safe encampment experience for all reenactors, visitors, staff, and spectators at the Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History (1609-Present) event. Your attention to safety precautions and safe conduct are necessary and appreciated.

 

1. No bullets or live projectiles are permitted at this event. Spectators may not discharge weapons. Firing must be done under controlled conditions. Do not point any firearms at visitors. Proper supervision must be provided for powder stores and firearms. Powder must be kept in appropriate containers and stored at a safe distance from campfires. Please advise Battle of Plattsburgh Association Timeline staff and volunteers of any safety concerns — including problem visitors or unregistered reenactors or vendors. All safety considerations applicable to safe handling and use of firearms are to be followed for the Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s Plattsburgh Military Timeline event. This applies to muzzleloaders, black powder, and cartridge loading weapons. Sharp and pointed weapons such as knives, bayonets, swords and pikes are to be maintained under safe control and away from visitor access.

2. Exercise caution when driving your vehicles on the grounds. Observe speed limits and follow all posted signs. Please remember that there will be reenactors, children, spectators, animals and equipment on site.

3. Vehicle access: Vehicles will be allowed in camps Friday May 25th from Noon - 9:00 p.m. on Saturday May 26th from 6:00 am - 8:30 am on Sunday May 27th from 6:00 am – 8:30 am. Vehicles will be allowed in camps after 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 27th.

4. Reenactors and other participants are asked to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner. Participants are asked to exhibit respect for the site, the event, visitors and their fellow participants. Unit Commanders and the on-site Commander will assume responsibility for individual compliance with this regulation.

5. Campfires: Fires are permitted in designated areas. Fires must be attended at all times. Ample water or a fire extinguisher must be readily available in the immediate area of each campfire. Before breaking camp, all fires must be completely extinguished. Completely drench campfire, remove ash and coals and replace sod. No standing or live trees may be cut for firewood. Take only as much firewood as you will need for each day. Please, no stockpiling for the entire weekend! All unused firewood must be re-stacked in the area where it was obtained.

6. Alcoholic beverages: no alcoholic beverages may be visible or consumed on the Battle of Plattsburgh Association Campus from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. under no circumstances may minors be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.

7. Children: Children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.

8. Horses/pets: pets must be under supervision at all times. Cavalry Units must station at least one person from their unit near the horses while the site is open to the public. Horses are not allowed within 500 feet of concession stands under the regulations of the State Department of Health. This regulation will be strictly enforced. All caring and feed for horses is the sole responsibility of the horse owner. There will be firearms discharged at this event, and there will be strange people around. Keep that under consideration before bringing horses to this event.

9. Restrooms: Portable facilities will be placed in convenient locations throughout the grounds. Also the bathrooms inside the Interpretive Center, and War of 1812 Museum will be open, with the bathrooms inside the War of 1812 museum accessible to reenactors throughout the night. Refer to event map for locations.

10. liability waiver: at registration, all reenactors/participants will be required to sign a liability release. Completion of this form is a prerequisite for event participation in compliance with the insurance policy of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association. Do not set up your camp or engage in any activity on the grounds until you have registered.

11. Emergencies: Should an emergency arise, please notify Event Staff immediately

12. Night time courtesy: Please respect your neighbors during the evening hours of the encampment. We want everyone to have a good night’s sleep.

13. Artifacts/Found Objects: Please report any objects which you unearth when digging firepits.

14. All suttlers must be pre-approved by Battle of Plattsburgh Association Event Staff. Vendors are responsible for licenses, insurance and the collection of sales tax. Those selling without required pre-approval will be asked to leave the site. Please, there is a nominal fee of $10 for small suttlers.

15. Specific safety and conduct requirements apply to the “From Matchlock to Cartridge Loader” demonstration. These regulations will be provided to all firing demonstration participants at registration.

 

Authenticity Guidelines

1. All reenactors must strive for the highest degree of authenticity. This includes — but is not limited to — uniforms, weapons, equipment and conduct. To ensure authenticity and safety, all reenactors must participate in drills and inspections as prescribed by unit commanders.

2. Modern intrusions: No modern intrusions are permitted in any reenactment area during hours when camps are open to the public. After hours, modern conveniences may be used. Modern intrusions

include - but are not limited to - non-period sunglasses, wristwatches, cell phones, coolers, propane lanterns, propane stoves.

3. Authority in matters of authenticity. The Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History event staff will be the final authority in matters of authenticity. Any obvious anachronisms or modern intrusions should be brought to the attention of event staff. Reenactors are expected to correct these anachronisms as soon as alerted by event staff or Camp Commanders.

 

 

The Plattsburgh Military Timeline: Four Centuries of History

(1609-Present)

May 26-27, 2007

Hosted by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association

Reenactor Waiver Form Page 1

Please complete the following information and remember to print clearly. Present the form to the registrant upon your arrival. Please do not set up before you have registered.

 

Unit/Individual: _________________________________________________________

 

Time period represented: __________________________________________________

Soldier Civilian Sutler

Name: ______________________________________________________________

 

Address:________________________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________________

 

Phone: (____) __________________ E-mail_________________________________

Number of Men: _____________ Women: _____________ Children: ____________

Number of Tents: Wall_________ Wedge_________ Dining Fly________ Other________________

Artillery, Number and Size: ______________________________________

Please check if you are willing to participate in our timeline weapons demonstration:

“From Matchlock to Cartridge Loader: Four Centuries of Firearms”

Please name the firearm you are planning on using for the demonstration: ________________________

Check here if you are willing to give a 10-15 minute public presentation in our auditorium about your time period and unit you represent

 

Please list someone we should contact in case of an emergency:

Emergency Contact _______________________________________________________

Phone ____________________________________________

Please complete the following information if your vehicle will be parked on site:

Year/Model/Color ______________________________________________________

License Plate __________________________________________________

A parking pass will be issued as part of the check-in process. Parking permit should be placed on the driver’s side of your dashboard. The parking area will be accessible throughout the weekend.

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DevilDan1900

Anybody out there considering attending?? I will be here with my Span-Am USMC Kit and set up. We already have upwards of 20 reenactors who have RSVP'd, depicting everything from French and Indian War to Mexican War to Civil War U.S. Cavalry.

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