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Fortress West Point and the Hudson River Valley: General George Washington's "Key of America"

The Hudson River Valley is a region of phenomenal natural beauty. It is a painters' and photographers' paradise with each season bringing a different set of colors and indigenous flora and fauna to appreciate and record. From small town to the metropolis of New York City, it abounds in cultural opportunities. Historically, it has been recognized as a strategic region. That was certainly true during the time of the American Revolution.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., James M. Johnson, PhD, will speak in the OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall on one of the strategic points along the Hudson River in his lecture "Fortress West Point and the Hudson River Valley: General George Washington’s “Key of America.”

The presentation should be enlightening to scholars as well as students and the general public as the speaker is, indeed, an expert in his field being designated at the Military Historian of the Hudson Valley and Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College which is the academic arm of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Johnson is a retired colonel in U. S. Army, a graduate of the United States Military Academy where he taught for many years, and presently is the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History and Associate Professor of History at Marist College. He has been honored with a dozen awards on American History and historic preservation from various historical organizations. He has authored numerous books and articles, and has enjoyed being a Revolutionary War Militia reenactor. In addition to his BS from USMA, he holds an MA and a PhD from Duke University and also an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  

Come learn about the rich history of this region --the Hudson Valley—from a very engaging lecturer during this presentation which is free and open to the public.

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at or call (845) 341-4891, or visit website

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs