31 January 2012

War of 1812 items

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is using the bicentennial of the War of 1812 to promote flag-waving nationalism. That suspicion is one of the reasons some historians are debating whether the War of 1812 is worth commemorating, as summarized in a post Nasty, Brutish, Short — and Not Worth Commemorating.

Meanwhile I received notice, via Glenn Wright, of the Fort La Pr√©sentation Association’s fourth annual War of 1812 Symposium in Ogdensburg, NY April 27-28, 2012. There will be "eight authoritative speakers coming from Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Plattsburgh, Canton, Potsdam and Chicago to present seminars on strategy, campaigns and battles, Indian allies, archaeology, artifact conservation, medical practices, research challenges and teaching the War of 1812." There's additional information here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We very much appreciate mention of the War of 1812 Symposium in Ogdensburg.

We have had some registrations already for the symposium April 27-28.

A number of museums and heritage groups in the St. Lawrence Valley will have War-of-1812 related exhibits.

Please visit us at www.fort1749.org

Michael Whittaker