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2017 Conference—Harbor Defenses of New York with a Pre & Post Conference Tour

The 2017 conference is rapidly approaching, and we encourage members to register and plan to attend.  Also Terry McGovern is arranging a pre conference tour the the harbor defenses of East New York and post conference tour of the Long Island Defenses at Montauk Point, Long Island. Terry’s Pre-Tour will start at the hotel in New Rochelle on March 26 and visit Forts Slocum, Schuyler and Totten. The registration form can be downloaded from this link (CDSGNYPre.pdf). Norm and Shawn will work out of a hotel on Staten Island starting on March 28, and move to Middletown, NJ for the last two nights April.  Norm Scarpulla and Shawn Welch are arranging the conference. the conference form can be downloaded from this link (161114b-CDSG-NY-registration-form).

Registration will be Tuesday afternoon, March 28.  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we will visit Fort Wadsworth, Fort Hamilton, Fort Tilden, and Governor’s Island.  We will see Third System forts, as well as the final fortifications constructed in the 1940s.  We will see batteries and structures as well as NIKE missile installations.

Saturday and Sunday we will visit Fort Hancock (Sandy Hook) and Navesink Military Reservation. While at Fort Hancock, we will spend some time with the Army Ground Forces Association at Battery Gunnison/New Peck. In addition to tours, demonstrations and the ability to get your hands on some very rare Coast Artillery items, you will have an opportunity to learn how this organization restores, preserves and interprets the Coast Artillery Corps at Fort Hancock.

Our Annual Meeting and dinner will be held on Saturday evening. Presentations will be held in the evenings on Tuesday through Saturday.  If you would like to make a presentation, please contact us soon.

The registration form is linked (1610114b-CDSG-NY-registration-form).  The deadline for conference registration (registration form and payment received by Shawn Welch) and the cutoff for the group rate at the hotels is February 28.

Terry’s Post-Tour our will be at hotel near Montauk Point April 2-3 and visit Camp Hero on the 3rd Registration form for this event is posted at this link (CDSGNYpost.pdf).