Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Dave Johnson, The Tribune
With Marcus Tuttle listening at left, Anna MacAlpine talks about the War of 1812 with Steele Street School students at Queenston Heights on Wednesday. The Grade 7 and 8 students were learning about the War of 1812.
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Sir Isaac Brock was buried four different times after the War of 1812 and now rests under a monument bearing his name at Queenston Heights.
And like his burial place, the monument bearing his name isn’t an original either.
The first memorial was blown up in 1840 by Benjamin Lett. A new one was started in 1853.
Those were just two facts Grade 7 and 8 students from Port Colborne’s Steele Street School learned while at Queenston Heights on Wednesday.
They learned many more historical facts as they toured north Niagara with their teachers and Youth University staff, two of whom were dressed in period costume.
“Youth University is an education program for youth in Niagara and students across the province,” said day programs manager Greg Zwiep. “We provide fun, cool activities that have an educational backing behind them.” Youth University, in Niagara, is run by Brock University.
Zwiep said Youth University wanted to be involved in the War of 1812 bicentenary, so it launched a day program through which students would learn the history of the area.
Steele Street was the first school run through the program. Wednesday visits also included to to Salem Chapel in St. Catharines and Lock 3 of the Welland Canal.
“We drove past Victoria Lawn Cemetery and talked about some of the historical figures there,” said Zwiep, adding activities were planned for the students at Queenston Heights after the tour of the area.
Steele Street teacher Ann Heinmiller said her students are studying the War of 1812 this year.
“I wanted to bring the students to someplace where the events happened and bring history to life.”
She said bringing the students to a place such as Queenston gives them an idea of where battles were fought and how close Canada and the United States are.
“This brings history to life and makes it exciting for students.”
Did you know?
• There is a monument to Laura Secord at Queenston Heights
• There is no monument to Tecumseh, a First Nations leader who was instrumental in the war
• Queenston Heights affords a view down the Niagara River
• Sir Isaac Brock died at the Battle of Queenston Heights on Oct. 13. 1812