Our Annual Seminar

Event details

  • Saturday | November 7, 2020
  • 10:00 am


Due to the unprecedented impact of Covid 19, we are holding a “virtual seminar” this year. All presentations will be online and hosted at Fort Ligonier, where a live panel will also gather for Saturday’s final session.

Upon registration, you will be sent a link to log in to the online session that start at 10 AM on Saturday. We have reduced the registration fees accordingly, but want you to know that all proceeds above the costs of this event will be donated to our partner historic sites: Jumonville, Fort Ligonier, the Braddock’s Battlefield History Center, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. With loss of visitor revenues, this year more than ever, it is vitally important that we do so.

Friday Night Teaser – November 6, 2020

7:00 pm We will post info on speakers, book sales, and support options for our partner history sites to our BRPA Facebook page at 7:00 pm. After that we will launch a virtual tour of the Braddock Road from Fort Necessity.

Saturday – Nov. 7, 2020

10:00 am Opening Remarks by Dr. Walter Powell

10:15 am 1st Session – Dr. Michael McConnellTopic – The Treaty of Easton and the Forbes Campaign: Some Considerations

11:00 am Follow-up panel discussion with Dr. Erica Nuckles and Doug Cubbison

11:15 pm Announcements and Logistics

11:30 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm 2nd Session – Colonel Sam Russell, Topic – Coulon de Villiers Family

1:45 pm Follow-up panel discussion with Dr. David Preston, Dr Walter Powell, Colonel Sam Russell, and Brian Reedy

2:00 pm Closing Remarks


Dr. Michael McConnell

Michael is History Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama–Birmingham. A native of Western Pennsylvania with a lifetime interest in the French and Indian War, he is the author of “A Country Between: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its People, 1724-1774” (Nebraska, 1992), “Army & Empire: British Soldiers on the American Frontier, 1758-1775” (Nebraska, 2004), and forthcoming “To Risk It All: General Forbes, the Capture of Fort Duquesne, and the Course of Empire in the Ohio Country” (University of Pittsburgh Press, Oct. 2020).

Colonel Samuel Russell

Colonel Sam Russell(USA, Ret) had 29 years of active service with the United States Army. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He is the editor of “Coulon de Villiers: An Elite Military Family of New France (Russell Martial Research,: 2018).


The cost for the seminar is based on a household, regardless of how many people are logged in to the seminar. You can save some money if you register by October 24th.
If reserved by October 24th     $40/household    $20/student
If reserved after October 24th     $50/household    $25/student