Society Offers Programs on War of 1812


Tuesday, July 3, 2012 7:31 AM EDT
NEW MILFORD — New Milford Historical Society and Museum, 6 Aspetuck Ave., will offer two free programs about the War of 1812.

The first, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, is a historic music program on the lawn by Rick Spencer, Songs of the War of 1812.

This program gives background information and insight into the causes and events of this conflict, which pitted a rather young USA against its “mother country” and most bitter enemy, Great Britain.

In response to British actions and policy, the halls of Congress echoed with the cries of “Free trade and no impressment.”

There was also great concern about the British arming Native-American enemies on the frontier.

In June of 1812 Congress declared War in an effort to enforce sovereignty.

The conflict lasted until January of 1815.

Some remarkable music was popular during the War of 1812.

This program presents songs from both the British and American side including recruiting songs, ballads, songs of the hardship of those who the soldiers left behind, patriotic songs and songs which described major battles are all presented in this very entertaining and informative program.

Mr. Spencer is best known as a researcher and singer of historical songs.

He travels throughout the country presenting theme-based concerts and lectures for historical societies, libraries, museums and music festivals.

His programs are informative, entertaining and often irreverent and strongly emphasize songs which give insight into the American spirit.

He is the executive director and curator of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum in Franklin.

The second program is a lecture by Betty Odenwald at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, titled The War of 1812: Connecticut and Its People.

A press release from the society and museum said, “The War of 1812 is often called the ‘forgotten war.’ However, to some historians, it is the end of the American Revolution.

“It established the American right to trade and commerce, it was the spur to Western expansion, and it provided a new sense of nationalism and pride.”

In 2012, the United States is celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

In New Milford, there are 30 veterans from this war buried throughout local cemeteries and the society wants to remember them for their service and sacrifice.

This engaging lecture will discuss Connecticut as a supporter of the War of 1812 and the approximately 6,000 militia, soldiers and sailors who fought for freedom.

Mrs. Odenwald of Fairfield is the president of the Connecticut Society, U.S. Daughters of 1812.

Those seeking more information can call the museum at 860-354-3069 or e-mail

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