February 22nd, 2013
2013 marks the Bicentennial of the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812, and Chatham-Kent is now ready to commemorate the rich local history.
MP for Chatham-Kent Essex, Dave Van Kesteren, has announced the Federal Building on Wellington St. W in downtown Chatham will now be known as the Tecumseh Building. Also, Chatham-Kent’s Heritage Days has received $115,900 in federal funding to mark the 200th anniversary with a massive celebration.
David Wesley, Project Manager of the Battle of the Thames Commemoration 2013, says the weekend of October 4 will have many drawing points for tourists. “Performers and local artists, there are going to be plays and concerts, visual art exhibits, symposiums. They will all be done in coordination and cooperation with the First Nations communities of the area.”
The weekend will include a War of 1812 reenactment and Education Day for local school children.