Authors to share War of 1812 stories

 

Ken Su, Welland Public Library's adult and information services co-ordinator, displays three books about the War of 1812 featured during a free lecture series. Gordon Anderson will discuss his book Beyond the Great Water: A Novel About the War of 1812 on Sept. 18.

Ken Su, Welland Public Library’s adult and information services co-ordinator, displays three books about the War of 1812 featured during a free lecture series. Gordon Anderson will discuss his book Beyond the Great Water: A Novel About the War of 1812 on Sept. 18.

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WELLAND – History will come to life at Welland Public Library.

With a growing interest in the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations and local history, the library has organized a free Tuesday lecture series for the public.

Ken Su, the library’s adult and information services co-ordinator, is encouraging patrons to attend the lectures to meet authors and ask questions about their books.

The first lecture on Sept. 18 features Gordon Anderson, author of Beyond the Great Water: A Novel About the War of 1812.

Anderson, who was born and lived in Niagara Falls, has a passion for history, said Su.

In his debut novel, Anderson tells the story of a British officer who was forced to rescue his girlfriend and escape from renegade soldiers. He will tell this story, with Niagara’s historical facts, to people who attend his lecture.

The second lecture on Oct. 2 features Wesley Turner’s An Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock.

Turner is a retired history Brock University professor who has published many books. He will share his research on the military and political aspects of Brock’s life, said Su.

The third lecture, on Oct. 16, features Roger Bradshaw’s The War of 1812 in Niagara, a Photo Study.

Bradshaw is a native Niagaran who has always had an interest in local history. He has published books on the Welland Canal and the War of 1812 since he retired.

Su said Bradshaw’s books contain original photos as well as historical pictures and maps he will use to draw listeners in and educate them during his discussion.

Although his book isn’t about the War of 1812, Murray Brewster’s The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan, will conclude the lecture series on Oct. 25.

Brewster is an award-winning correspondent for the Canadian Press who has spent more than 15 months in Afghanistan covering Canadian soldiers and the fallout from the war on the local population.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. Lectures will be held in the library’s program room. No registration is required.

“We hope to have a good turnout,” said Su, adding the lectures will be informative for both adults and children.

“It’s important to learn about our history,” he said.

For more information call the library at 905-734-6210.

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