Consultant for both the Baltimore and Southern Maryland 1812 traveling e range of perspectives on this “forgotten conflict.” Funding is provided by the Maryland Humanities Council, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park, Star-Spangled 200, Inc., and the Calvert Marine Museum. All talks will take place in the new auditorium at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Post-lecture discussions led by either Dr. Ralph Eshelman or Dr. Bradley Gottfried will facilitate a dialogue between the presenter and the audienceThe series schedule will be as follows:
September 15: Dean Krimmel: So Many Stories, So Little Space: Creating an Exhibit about the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland
Consultant for both the Baltimore and Southern Maryland 1812 traveling exhibits, Mr. Krimmel of Creative Museum Services/Qm2 offers an insider’s look at a creative process that distills shelves of books and articles into brief compelling stories designed to catch the eye and help us see our world in new ways. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibit.
October 20: James L. Nelson: The Near-Shore War: The Naval War of 1812 on the Bays and Lakes
Considerable attention has been lavished on the War of 1812’s famous naval battles on blue water, but the naval warfare that really mattered was fought within sight of land, on the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes. Distant as those theaters were from one another, they were closely connected strategically. Maritime historian and novelist James L. Nelson will discuss the military and political connections between and the considerable significance of the fighting on the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay in the War of 1812.
November 17: Mike Dixon: Newspapers, Mail & Communications during the War of 1812
Mr. Dixon is an historian and writer who focuses his attention on the early 1800s when news could only move as fast as someone could physically carry the message. Discussing how news and information was spread when war came to the region’s shores, with a fascinating look at press coverage of the major regional incidents of the War of 1812, he offers a unique historic perspective.
December 15: Donald Shomette and Gary Rue and Company: 1812: Tide of War
This original musical performance, also available on CD, describes Maryland’s role in the events of the War of 1812. Shomette and Rue worked together to shape into melody the stories of the Maryland heroes and heroines whose lives were caught up in the drama of the final wrenching of the fledgling America from the influence of Great Britain.
January 19: Dr. Donald L. Fixico: Tecumseh and Conflicting Native Views on the War of 1812
Professor Fixico is a distinguished foundation professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is a Native scholar and has worked on twenty documentaries about American Indians including the PBS documentary “The War of 1812.” In 2012, he worked as a consultant for the Canadian documentary “Tecumseh and the War of 1812.”
February 23: Dr. Sidney Hart: The War of 1812 through the lens of Portraiture and Images
Dr. Hart is the Senior Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and co-editor of the Peale Family Papers, “The Selected Papers of Charles Wilson Peale and His Family, 5 volumes.” He recently curated the National Portrait Gallery exhibit “1812: A Nation Emerges” and co-authored the exhibit’s catalogue of the same title.
This project has been financed in part with state funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission; an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.