Feb 06

March 11-12 workshop announcement

Due to circumstances beyond her control, Jenna will not be available to teach the march stays/jumps workshop scheduled for March 11-12,2017

Bernadette Weaver and I will be leading the workshop.

as a result;

1) price reduction. Since we won’t charge for our time, It will be around $50.00 for materials only, If you still wish to be included in the class, please Make checks payable to Chris Osinski. and mail to: Po box 788 Middleburgh, NY 12122 I will start purchasing supplies.

2)The VHA/BVMA will hold open sewing sessions both March 11-12 10:00am-3:00pm.. bring a sewing project to work on, and a lunch. ****** Pre registration is requested so we know how many to expect.**********

the location is the Burke Tavern 200 South William street. Johnstown,NY

we will still need some sewing buddies for the workshop. We are going to try to complete the stays/jumps in the 2 days.

More workshop info will be mailed to those participating.

Chris Osinski education coordinator cosinski57@yahoo.com

Jan 31

VHA/BVMA meeting announcement

In addition to the silent auction, members of the VHA/BVMA may set out new or gently used items to sell or trade. items should be appropriate to the 1740-1820 time period. The fee for this is a quality item for the silent auction. The silent auction proceeds will benefit the Education fund. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Jan 28

Please stay tuned….

We are currently in the process of updating and moving things around here at BVMA.org, so please excuse any oddities or empty slots you may encounter in the near future. We will be working very hard to remedy this quickly and to make this site much more active and to turn it into the information hub it was always meant to be.

Thanks for your patience and feel free to leave a comment or send a message if you would like more information.

Jan 25

BVMA/VHA Annual Membership Meeting

Attention BVMA Members,

We are pleased to announce that the BVMA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on March 18, 2017 at the Pine Tree Rifle Club in Johnstown, NY. All members are both invited and encouraged to attend. Below are more details about the meeting:


BVMA Annual Membership Meeting


Saturday, March 18,2017

Location :

Pine Tree Rifle Club

419 Johnson Ave.

Johnstown, NY 12095


Live musket shoot 9:30 am- 11:00 am

Lunch 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Meeting to begin at 12:30 pm


Those of us not participating in the live shoot are welcome to bring along a sewing project to work on during the 9:30 am to 11:00 am time slot.

A silent auction will be held during the meeting to benefit the BVMA/VHA Education Committee. We are currently seeking donations of items for this auction. Please contact Chris Osinksi if you have an item to donate. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

We very much look forward to seeing you all in March. Please continue to follow the Yahoo list, facebook page, and check the website BVMA.org for updates.



The BVMA/VHA Executive Board

Jan 21

BVMA/VHA Logo Contest

Good evening all,

In keeping with this year’s theme of revitalization and reorganization, a new logo seemed highly appropriate.

A logo to , not only incorporate both the Burning of the Valleys Military Association and Valley History Alliance titles, but to also represent our mission and expanded time period. This is asking a great deal, but I have faith it can be achieved…

That is the part where you come in. What better way to design a logo than to go to our membership and draw on their creative talents?

We are asking any and all interested members to create a logo. Please submit all entries to me at the address listed below. We will post the entries in the photo section of our website BVMA.org for you to review, and a vote will be taken at the membership meeting on March 18th to determine the winner!

Please pass the word to your fellow members. We would love to have many logos submitted. And, this is not a test- working together is a great option.

Deadline for submission is March 13, 2017.

I absolutely cannot wait to see your artwork!



Bernadette Weaver

BVMA/VHA President

7 Lennox Street

Gloversville,NY 12078

Jan 16

BVMA/VHA Annual Membership Meeting 2017

Dear BVMA/VHA members,
     The annual BVMA/VHA membership meeting will be March 18,2017 at the Pine Tree Rifle Club in Johnstown,NY. Please mark your calendars.
     Details to follow.
                           Bernadette Weaver
                           BVMA/VHA President

Status update

bvma bylaws for 1 14 17 meeting (1)

Reminder of this MOST IMPORTANT delegates meeting. The date is January 14, 2017 10:00am at The Burke Tavern 200 South William St. Johnstown, NY

Please review the Proposed bylaw changes. This will be the first order of Business and will determine the future of the organization!

Oct 22

Thomas Diamond 1770 store inventory, Jelles Fonda store ledger

I have added the scans above to the media library section. I have more to be transcribed if anyone has time.
Chris Osinski

Oct 22

New research resources becoming available to the BVMA membership,

For some years now, many of us in the BVMA and Mohawk/Schoharie Valley Historic Sites have conjectured on the clothing worn by the Palatine Germans in the 1760’s to early 1770’s. Seeing as they were in the valleys by the early 1700’s, we thought that their clothing would be be as up to date with fashion as it was with their Hudson Valley neighbors throughout the century. Living on established trade routes and having a handful of stores which the latest goods were available made good sense. However, now that we have records from stores such as Jelles Fonda, we can actually see what they were purchasing in ready- made goods and materials for the manufacture of clothing. As you will see in the coming months, the Palatines were somewhat different from the Dutch and English in the region in their choice of notions, colors and patterns of fabric, and functionality of their garb.
We wish to thank Mrs. Nancy Ressue and her son John for donating her doctoral research consisting of thesis notes, records, and letters pertaining to the Palatines and their store purchases. These have helped conform some of our earlier conjectures, and with the research on going by Jenna Schnitzer, Chris Osinski, Terry Pittman, and Bernadette Weaver, we continue to be able to put a better light on the Palatines. Those of us portraying Palatines need to pay close attention and adjust our kits according to these new findings as to better represent these through Living History.

Paul Supley

Sep 21

Ft Klock participants schedule

Participant Schedule: (subject to change)
Friday Sept 30
*12:00 noon Registration opens -Dutch barn
6:00pm – done –Dinner – at the Ft Klock kitchen area (bring your mess gear)
8:00pm officer’s call – Fort Kitchen
10:30pm- 630am QUIET HOURS
Saturday Oct. 1
830am-930am onsite non-public war games-Klock island
10:00am site opens to public
Camps and demonstrations open to public
1:30pm formation, Inspection, -Dutch Barn area
2:00 pm Raid on the Fort
3:00 pm “GREAT NECESSITY CALLS OUT GREAT VIRTUE” Courageous women of the
Valleys.- Dutch Barn
5:00-630pm camps and demos close to the public
7:00 pm Gavin K.Watt informal talk on the late war valley raids (open to the public)- Kitchen yard (weather permitting) {alternate location -dutch Barn}
Bonfire- kitchen yard weather permitting.
8:00 pm Tavern/bonfire in Kitchen yard ( No alcohol in this area until public leaves please BYOB.)
*11:00pm -6:30AM QUIET HOURS
Sunday Oct 2
830am-930am private war game/tactical Klock Island
10:00am site open to public
10:00 am Worship service (with communion) -Dutch Barn
11:00 am meeting of BVMA bylaw revision committee- Dutch Barn
10:00am -3:00pm camps open to public
10:00am-4:00pm demonstrations open to public
130pm Raid on Schells Bush -Ft Klock
230pm Field Triage Dutch Barn
3:00pm cars allowed into camp areas only.
4:00pm event closes, safe travels!

Notes: Please stay off of the railroad tracks! There may be trains running at all hours.
Porta johns are located in the camp areas and near the barn. There is a modern rest room behind the carriage house which has delicate system.
Water sources are located at the bottom of the hill in front of the American camp and at the rest room behind the carriage house. Wood will be located in camp areas.
Carry it in carry it out. Please plan to take your trash home with you.
Please try to share/limit fire pits when ever possible, the large fire pit in the kitchen yard is available to share, as well as fireplace in the kitchen (limited space).
As representatives of the BVMA and fort Klock Please maintain the highest levels of authenticity, Keep modern items out of sight as much as possible.
The Fort Klock Historic Restoration is a not for profit organization. Please try to be generous, we are helping the site increase their exposure at this event.
In case of emergency call 911, notify commanders or call Captain John Osinski 518 231 8577.
Brush for shelters may be cut on Klock Island . Ask for directions.
BVMA black powder safety regulations apply.

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