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Artrain recognized for collaboration in War of 1812 commemoration

By Kelly McLaughlin

on June 28, 2014


Artrain, the Ann Arbor nonprofit that brings portable art exhibits to communities with limited access to cultural institutions, was recognized Tuesday by the National Park Service as a recipient of the 2014 Midwest Region Partnership Award.



The organization is one of many partners of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial park site in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, which commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. In total, 10 partners were recognized for their work on the bicentennial projects.

Through the partnership, Artrain presented Paths to Peace: A War of 1812 Arts Legacy Project, which presented the war, and the peace that came thereafter, through multiple perspectives and cultural art. Paths to Peace was an educational presentation targeted at middle school students from the United States and Canada.

This is the fourth year the Midwest Region of the National Park Service has acknowledged community and interagency partnerships important to promoting the National Park Service mission, which according to the National Park Service’s website, is preserving “unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”

Artrain’s current exhibit, Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, is currently traveling across the United States in partnership with nonprofit organization International Arts and Artists.

The exhibit is at the Foosaner Art Museum at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. until August 17. From Sept. 12 to Nov. 25, the exhibit will be at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Kelly McLaughlin is an intern reporter for The Ann Arbor News. She can be reached at

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History Commemorated With Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial, Decisive Battle in War of 1812

The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau announces Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial Commemoration Events and Attractions.

Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration

Plattsburgh, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

The Adirondack Coast along Lake Champlain hosts an annual series of reenactments, historic tours, family-friendly Adirondack events and performances to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh, the decisive battle in the War of 1812.

A True Story of David and Goliath
In September of 1814, more than 10,000 British regulars, many fresh from victories in the Napoleonic Wars, invaded northern New York from Canada while the Royal Navy advanced along Lake Champlain. Their intent was to reach New York City and divide an infant nation in two. But 25 miles south lay the village of Plattsburgh and Cumberland Bay defended by 32-year old General Macomb’s 1,500 regulars and a small American fleet commanded by Commodore Thomas Macdonough, only 30 years old himself. On the morning of September 11th the armies clashed in tiny Plattsburgh with Sir George Prevost in command of the redcoats. At that same hour, the British fleet rounded Cumberland Head where they met the anchored Americans poised and ready. A dying wind left the British unable to maneuver their ships giving the out-gunned American ships the advantage. Within three hours the British colors were struck and their commander Captain Downie lay dead. Seeing his fleet defeated and lacking information about the strength of American ground forces, General Prevost withdrew his troops back to Canada. The unlikely American victory thwarted British plans to control Lake Champlain and led to the signing of the Treaty of Ghent and the end of the War of 1812 on Christmas Eve 1814.

This year marks the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812, and throughout the year the Adirondack Coast celebrates 200 years of peace with a series of special events, historic reenactments and culinary delights. Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial events and attractions include:

Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Week
September 11-14, 2014
The Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, ended the final invasion of the northern states during the War of 1812. Join the Adirondack Coast as we commemorate the Bicentennial of General Alexander Macomb’s and Master Commandant Thomas MacDonough’s unlikely defeat of the British army on September 11, 1814. The week’s series of events commemorate Plattsburgh’s military history, industry, culture and arts providing visitors a unique look at the War of 1812. Enjoy re-enactments on land and water, old fashioned parade, craft demonstrations, fife and drum performances, concerts and lectures.

War of 1812 Boot Camp
Every Tuesday, July – August
Experience history first hand at a War of 1812 Boot Camp. The Boot Camp allows a unique opportunity for an experiential understanding of this important time in history and how it touched four nations. Tailor your Boot Camp experience by choosing the activities of most interest to you such as musket loading and firing, military drills, mock militia battle and open fire cooking. Historians and period re-enactors will share their expertise with you in a relaxed atmosphere.

War of 1812 Interpretive Trail
Follow the path of the British south from Canada to Plattsburgh along the War of 1812 Interpretive Trail. See the area’s rich history with sites such as monuments, former battlegrounds and historic homes. There are 10 stops along the marked trail each with its own descriptive signage making the War of 1812 Interpretive Trail an easy and fun way to discover the past. A War of 1812 Historic Map is available for more detailed information and to help identify the sites along the trail at

Uncover the War at Pikes Cantonment
Artifacts dating back to the War of 1812 have recently been uncovered at this archeological excavation site. Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. was a United States Army Captain in 1806-07, who also served during the War of 1812 at a military encampment somewhere around Plattsburgh. So far, archeologists have found a 1795 bayonet scabbard chape, .69 caliber bullet and military jacket buttons stamped with the number 15 – Pike’s Regiment. The dig will continue throughout the summer of 2014 and beyond.

Peace Garden Trail
Visit the Adirondack Coast’s newly designated Peace Garden at the Kent-Delord House Museum, former British Headquarters during the War of 1812. Dedicated at historic sites in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens celebrate the two hundred years of peace and longstanding friendship between two countries that share the world’s longest undefended boarder.

Commemorative Wine and Beer
Plucky Rooster Ale
Get a taste of the area’s history with Plattsburgh’s artisan beer, Plucky Rooster Ale. This new artisan beer has been hand-crafted by Legend’s Bistro Brewmaster Jason Stoyanoff to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. Plucky Rooster Ale was created by carefully researching the types of beers brewed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the late 1800s and 1900s. Using American hops, English rye, Canadian barley and molasses – Plucky Rooster is a “burly” pale ale with toffee notes and a hoppy aroma. The name owes its genesis to a 200 year old rooster that was aboard Macdonough’s ship, USS Saratoga.

Crab Island White Wine
Created by North Star Vineyard this Crab Island White is a semi-dry Seyval Blanc, medium-bodied white wine and has flavors of Honeydew melon, green apple and citrus. Crab Island was the site of the military hospital during the War of 1812 and is now a federally recognized military cemetery and the site of 149 American and British soldiers who were killed during the battle. On approaching the island visitors can see a large granite monument commemorating the lives of the soldiers who are buried there. Crab Island is public land and can be visited; however, visitors can not disturb or collect any artifacts, or damage vegetation.

Two Heroes Hard Cider
Elfs Farm, Winery and Cider Mill honors Two Heroes with its early American style cider. This whisky barrel cider commemorates General Alexander Macomb’s and Master Commandant Thomas MacDonough’s for their actions on land and water during the Battle of Plattsburgh and the unlikely American Win.

The Battle of Plattsburgh did not take place until two years after the war was declared, yet it marked a turning point and heralded the end of the hostilities. For more information on this unlikely defeat of the British, visit

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Relive the love: An 1812 Charles County wedding

The Baynet


Press Release, Charles County Government

Charles County, MD – 6/23/2014



The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to journey back in time to witness the 1812 wedding of Dicandia Ireland Smith and Clement Dorsey on Saturday, Aug. 30 on the steps of the Maxwell House (17388 Teagues Point Road, Hughesville). Friends and relatives will gather at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to witness this authentic simple and sweet ceremony.

This unique event is a part of The War of 1812 Bicentennial, A Star Spangled Celebration during the Celebrate Charles: March from Benedict weekend. The re-enactment is presented by The Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club, the Ella Houck Holloway Chapter – Maryland State Society U.S. Daughters of 1812, and the La Plata High School Theater Class.

Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and relive history at one of several events taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31.  Visit for more information.

Vendors are needed for the Celebrate Charles: March from Benedict events taking place at Serenity Farm (6932 Serenity Farm Rd, Benedict). Artisans, crafters, and food vendors are invited to sell goods and showcase their talents. Spaces are available for $10 for one day or $15 for two days. Register today to secure a spot. Registration is available online at

For more information, contact Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist, at 301-645-0601, or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Celebrate Laura on Saturday

Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier


This Saturday, it’s going to be all about Laura.

After all, June 21 is a day in celebration of Laura Secord, the Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. The Niagara Parks Commission will be offering up free admission to Secord’s homestead in Queenston, with tours, music, snacks and more on site. There will also be several talks on site including a dramatic portrayal by Maja Bannerman.

A free Secord Shuttle will run between the homestead and other Laura Secord Day activities at the Outlet Collection at Niagara and Ravine Vineyards.

The Outlet Collection will have a photobooth where you can get your picture taken with costumed re-enactors, music by folksinger Rosalee Peppard and, in true outlet fashion, a deal on Laura Secord caps — $4.99 instead of $20.

Ravine Vineyards will have wine, cheese and chocolate pairings for $10 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling or emailing Laurie at 905-262-8463 extension 29 /

There will also be a free wine tasting at the Wine Visitor and Education Centre at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

In addition to all of the fun, there will also be the chance to follow in Laura’s footsteps and walk her route. Challenge yourself with the full blister-inducing 32 km trek, join the mid-morning trekkers for the 14.4 km Haul to the Mall — the new Outlet Collection at Niagara — or have fun with a 4.5 km ‘Laura Secord Lite’ hike. Pre-registration is required for the walks.

For more information on any of the events, visit

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O’Malley to tout Baltimore’s role in War of 1812 during return visit to New Hampshire

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
By John Wagner June 13
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is headed up to New Hampshire Friday afternoon for an appearance at a Democratic dinner where he plans to talk about one of his favorite subjects: Baltimore’s pivotal role in the War of 1812.O’Malley (D) is booked as the featured speaker at an annual Flag Day Dinner, hosted by the Manchester Democrats.The event, aides say, provides an opportunity for O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, to recount the story of Francis Scott Key writing “The Star-Spangled Banner” after the British had been repelled and he saw the U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry. The story, as O’Malley typically tells it, is packed with pride for the people of the city he once led.For O’Malley, who is preparing for a possible White House bid, Friday’s speech will be the first of two scheduled appearances in early presidential nominating states within a week. Next Friday and Saturday, he plans to be in Iowa for state party events.O’Malley has said he is moving ahead with preparations for a possible 2016 presidential bid and can’t wait for Hillary Rodham Clinton to announce whether she is running — a decision not expected before the end of the year. Aides stress O’Malley has made no decision about moving forward, however.

As he mulls his political future, O’Malley has become a regular on the Democratic speaking circuit, most often traveling to states where fellow party members are on the ballot in statewide races. He will not be delivering his standard speech Friday, aides said, in part because New Hampshire Democrats have already heard it: O’Malley was last in the Granite State in November for a Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

Aides said Friday’s return visit resulted from an invitation from Raymond Buckley, chairman of the state party in New Hampshire. Buckley was recently in Maryland, attending the Maryland Democratic Party’s annual gala, held last month in Upper Marlboro, at which New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) was the guest speaker.

Friday’s dinner commemorates Flag Day, which is actually Saturday. The topic of O’Malley’s speech is a familiar one for him, particularly with Maryland in the midst of a prolonged bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. (The Battle of Baltimore and Key’s writing of what became the national anthem did not occur until 1814.)

Next weekend, O’Malley is scheduled to attend the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame celebration on June 20 and then be a speaker at the party’s state convention the next day.

Aides say O’Malley’s travel to Iowa will be his first time in the state since 2012, when he was the keynote speaker at U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser.

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Save the date for Star-Spangled Spectacular events

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Event marks 200 years since War of 1812

WGRZ June 8, 2014

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – Two hundred years ago, the War of 1812 was still going strong. In fact, U.S. forces were preparing to invade Canada and capture Fort Erie.

In Western New York today, bicentennial commemorations continued with this service in Cheektowaga’s War of 1812 cemetery.

The event included tributes to American and Canadian troops, a sign of the two centuries of peace along the border since the war ended in 1814.

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So. Maryland ready to party like its 1812

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Bicentennial ‘Great Cable Carry’ Will Honor War of 1812 Militia Effort

May 30, 2014

by Timothy W. Scee II
Special to

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. — It is often said that history repeats itself and, nearly 200 years after American militias from the north country carried a five-ton rope to assist efforts during the War of 1812, local historical societies are hoping to resurrect the same sense of patriotism in June with a bicentennial walk.

During the June 7 and 8 event – dubbed the Great Cable Carry of 2014 – north country volunteers and local Boy Scouts of America troops will carry a 6-inch wide, 600-foot hemp rope, 20 miles from the town of Ellisburg to the village of Sackets Harbor on the same trail used two centuries ago, looping through several hamlets and villages along the way.

Event co-organizer Elaine J. Scott, of Henderson, said the bicentennial cable carry will be the third over nearly three decades since members of the 10th Mountain Division first secured the rope from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and marched the original path in 1989.

“What happened was we talked ourselves right into being organizers, it was really something,” Ms. Scott said.

Having always been interested in local history, especially pertaining to the War of 1812, the cable carry organizer only recently found out her ancestors had helped in that very mission that started May 29, 1814.

Following the battle of Big Sandy Creek, in which British troops were ambushed by Americans and Oneida tribes, American troops needed to transport equipment from the creek to a ship in Sackets Harbor, called Superior, but could not use wagons to carry a 600-foot hemp rope.

Starting at night, to keep out of British sights, American civilians slipped the 22-inch wide rope over their shoulders and carried it to the destination within three days.

“They were farmers, they were shopkeepers, they were just regular people like your volunteer fire departments today,” Ms. Scott said. “They immediately came down and started taking all of the supplies out of the boats, loading their own farm wagons and taking them to Sackets Harbor.”

She said more volunteers were eager to support the cable carry as it passed through settlements on its way to the shipyard.

“As this thing moved closer to Sackets Harbor, more and more people came out,” she said.

While the rope used for next month’s cable carry will weight significantly less than the original rope, organizers say just as much teamwork will be required to move the rope across its 19.8-mile trek.

“They have to work together as part of a team and really experience this volunteer spirit,” Ms. Scott said.  “Even though the rope is only 6 inches in circumference, they will still have this great accomplishment.

The Great Cable Carry 2014 will begin at 9:15 a.m, Saturday, June 7, at the state Department of Environmental Conservation South Landing Bridge, Route 3, Ellisburg, at the Battle of Big Sandy monument.

Participants will end the day with a stop near Roberts Corners before continuing the next day to Smithville and, finally, Sackets Harbor.

Ms. Scott said individuals interested helping to carry the rope can join along the route and travel any distance.  Comfortable walking shoes, heavy-duty work gloves and a towel for shoulder padding are recommended, however, according to organizers.

Water, restrooms and snacks will be available along the route for participants.

The Great Cable Carry of 2014 is being hosted by the South Jefferson, Mannsville, Henderson, Sackets Harbor and Sandy Creek historical societies, the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance and Daughters of 1812.

Questions about the event may be e-mailed to  Participation forms may be filled out at http://www. hendersonhistoricalsociety. com/partform.html.

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