Auburn University event to commemorate bicentennials
By: OANow Staff | Opelika-Auburn News
Published: August 22, 2012

A symposium commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Creek War of 1813-14 will be held Saturday in Auburn University’s Draughon Library.

The symposium, “Toward a Larger Stage: The War of 1812, the Creek War and the Idea of America,” will focus on the events of 1812.

The first year of the War of 1812 served as a precursor to the conflict building between Creek nationalists, the Red Stick faction and Anglo-American settlers, which culminated in the Creek War and the ultimate Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March 1814, according to a university news release.

Presentations will be made on Europe and the Napoleonic Wars; the U.S. Navy in 1812; the Canadian perspective on the War of 1812; the prelude to Horseshoe Bend; and events surrounding the murder of Thomas Meredith.

Saturday’s symposium is the first in a series commemorating the War of 1812 and the Creek War.

Event sponsors are Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Friends of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Inc., the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, and the Auburn University Libraries.

If You Go

» What: Symposium on the War of 1812 and the Creek War

» When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

» Where: The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library

» Price: Free and open to the public

» More: Seating is limited and refreshments will be available, but no lunch will be provided. A schedule is available online at For more information, visit or call 334-844-4903.

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