War of 1812 author to speak Sunday at Museum

Dufferin County Museum & Archives (DCMA) will host Wesley Turner, author of several books on the War of 1812 this Sunday.

His address will deal with his latest publication, The Astonishing General – The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock, which tells of the general’s life, career and legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and of the context in which he lived.

One of the most enduring legacies of the War of 1812 in both the United States and Canada was the creation of heroes and heroines. The earliest of those heroic individuals was Isaac Brock who in some ways was the most unlikely of heroes. For one thing, he was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people. Even more striking is how a British general whose military role in that 2 1/2-year war lasted less than five months became the best-known hero and one revered far and wide.

Wesley Turner was educated in Toronto schools and then continued on to obtain BA and MA from University of Toronto and Ph.D. from Duke University (Durham, North Carolina). He then taught high school for seven years; before settling in at Brock University, St. Catharines, for 31 years, retiring in 1998.

Mr. Turner is the author of six books, including The War of 1812. The War that Both Sides Won. The British Generals in the War of 1812. High Command in the Canadas. The Astonishing General is his most recent. .

Wesley currently is busy acting as cochairman of Niagara-on-the-Lake War of 1812 Bicentennial Steering Committee. He is a member of many historical societies and has served on the boards of most including the Friends of Fort George, the Historical Society of St. Catharines, and the Niagara on the Lake Historical Society.

The Astonishing General has received the 2011 Donald Grant Creighton Award, for the “best book of biography or autobiography highlighting life in Ontario, published in the past three years.”

The Honours and Awards Ceremony took place on June 9 at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener.

Mr. Turner will speak at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for DCMA members. Please contact the Museum to reserve or purchase tickets by phone.

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