Buffalo Business First
- David Bertola
- Buffalo Business First Reporter- Business First
- September 28, 2012,
In what will be his lone U.S. speaking engagement, Stephen Sheaffe will share stories about the war and his famous relative, who commanded British forces during the War of 1812.
On Oct. 8, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheaffe will speak at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, located at 157 East Street in Buffalo. He is a descendent of Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe, who took command of British forces after Sir Isaac Brock was killed in the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812. There is no admission for his presentation.
Sheaffe and his cousin Paul Sheaffe are touring North America, videographing for a documentary about places where their ancestor was stationed.
Stephen Sheaffe lives in Annerley, Queensland, Australia and is president of Queensland National Trust and vice president of Australian National Trust. He previously was president of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and editor of “Queensland History Journal.” He has written papers on historical topics and delivered lectures on Queensland history. He has immersed himself in the history of his ancestor and is the family’s genealogist.
On display at the Niagara Historical Society & Museum through November will be an exhibit of War of 1812 artifacts from the passed down from Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe. The museum is located at 43 Castlereagh Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
Stephen Sheaffe’s presentation is part of a War of 1812 speaker series sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and is in conjunction with the Black Rock Historical Society, which has been active in the bicentennial celebration of the war. The Naval Park’s speaker series is made possible by a grant from the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee of the Niagara River Greenway Commission to the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council for the Park’s bicentennial celebration.
Other upcoming events related to the war:
• “The Naval War of 1812” by librarian and author Raya Lee”
Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Audubon Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
350 John J. Audubon Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228
• “A Portrait of War and its Social Impact”
Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
• “Living History”
Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.
Hull House Family Home & Farmstead
Dudley Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
2010 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220
There is no admission for any of the events, but capacity is limited depending on the venue. For more information, call the Naval Park at (716) 847-1773, ext 10.