Book a chance to celebrate 1812 War history

  • Ken Peters
  • Mon Jun 25 2012
  • There is nothing textbook about how Hamiltonians can celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration.

    Mayor Bob Bratina officially launched Hamilton’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Sunday. Hamilton is a member of the Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance, which comprises regional tourism associations representing an area from Burlington to London, Ont. Seventeen communities are involved.

    “I honestly feel the War of 1812 was the origin of the concept of Canadian citizenship,” Bratina said at the launch, which drew a crowd of about 30 to the Hamilton Tourism Visitor Centre.

    “We are at the beginning of an exciting time for the City of Hamilton and we have a wonderful story to tell,” he added.

    Among some of the local events;

    View artifacts at the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington

    Visit Hamilton’s Dundurn National Historic Site, the site of the British military outpost during the War of 1812.

    Visit Battlefield House and Museum in Stoney Creek, where the Battle of Stoney Creek was waged.

    Stop at one of the participating restaurants for the Taste of Burlington $18.12 lunchtime menu feature from, July 22 until Aug. 6.

    Bring the family to Joseph Brant Day at LaSalle Park in Burlington on Aug. 6.

    Enjoy the 33rd annual Grand River “Champion of Champions” Pow Wow at Chiefswood Park, Six Nations on July 28 and 29.

    Visit Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum in Ancaster to stand in an 1812 barn interior.

    Hamilton has also launched an 1812 Bicentennial Funding Program. The three-year funding program will permit organizations to apply for $2,000 per year to develop events and activities to commemorate Hamilton’s role in the War of 1812

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