The Historical Society of the Tonawandas will hold its 2012 annual Meeting and Harvest Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Stephen Sikora Post on Payne Ave., in North Tonawanda. The traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served and all members and their guests are invited to attend.
With the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 gaining momentum, the society is pleased to announce Douglas DeCroix as its featured speaker for the evening. DeCroix is widely known for his knowledge of local history and his research work on the War of 1812. He currently serves as Executive Editor of Western New York Heritage Press, the not-for-profit publisher of Western New York Heritage magazine.
Having received his education from the University of Illinois, Miami University, and Bowling Green State University, the War of 1812 has long been one of DeCroixís particular research interests. Prior to coming to Western New York Heritage, he spent over 25 years working with 1812-related historic sites in Ohio, New York and Canada.
In addition to his public history work, DeCroix has worked on numerous War of 1812 projects for television and print media and has served on a number of bi-national organizations concerned with the bicentennial commemoration. He was heavily involved with the research and production of WNEDís two-hour documentary, The War of 1812, which aired nationally on PBS October 10, 2011. Decroixís program will introduce some of the major characters and campaigns of the War of 1812, dispel a few of the pervasive myths associated with the war, and suggest why this forgotten conflict deserves to be remembered in the 21st century.