In last month’s issue, I briefly mentioned the War of 1812, and the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle of the war. October 2012 marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and on October 12th, the actual day of the first major battle, our fourth and fifth grade students have been invited to participate in a most unique and exciting opportunity—the Battle of Queenston Heights Commemoration and Reenactment,.
The War of 1812 Bicentennial Historical Association of Lewiston has invited our students to Academy Park, where they will be treated to live dramatic performances, professional and entertaining historical interpreters, music and much, much more. The students will also be able to participate in ten stations, where they will learn about different aspects of colonial life: how to tie knots like a sailor, play 19th century cricket, a musket drill, 19th century games, toys, food and clothes, and much more.
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, National Park Service, sent us educational materials, including a copy of the PBS documentary, The War of 1812. Our teachers are utilizing these materials to discuss with our
students the role of the Niagara frontier in the War of 1812. The Historical Association of Lewiston has given us a replica of an 1812 U.S. Flag, which we plan to fly in front of the IEC on October 12th. It will be a very exciting day for everyone.
Parents will receive a letter shortly, with a permission slip attached. Please return to us by October 5th . Since our students will be eating lunch at Academy Park, you will need to indicate whether your child will be bringing a bag lunch, or would like to purchase one from the cafeteria. On behalf of the students and the IEC staff, I would like to thank the Historical Association of Lewiston for inviting our students to be a part of history.
Pictured Bruce Sutherland, volunteer President of the Historical
Association of Lewiston presenting Mr. Auer with an 1812 hat,
sticker and commemorative coin. Also pictured are Jeanette Engle,
the volunteer Coordinator of the Education Day activities and
Lee Simonson, Volunteer Director of the War of 1812 Bicentennial
Historical Association of Lewiston