St. Catharines Museum to open 1812 exhibit

Niagara This Week

Oct 03, 2013

A new museum exhibit will shine a spotlight on the city’s connection to the War of 1812 and its impact o the community.

On Friday, War of 1812 officially opens at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, developed by Brock University and the City of St. Catharines. Developed over the last year with a $90,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Bicentennial of the War of 1812 program, the exhibit features rarely seen artifacts, archival records and newspaper clippings contributed by the City, the University, Parks Canada and local private collectors. The exhibit brings local stories from the war to life through hands-on activities and interactive displays visitors can explore using touchscreen technology.

“I am very excited to see this exhibit completed and open to the public,” said Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines and parliamentary secretary to the minister of Canadian Heritage. “I’m certain that students, visitors and local history buffs will find it both informative and enjoyable.”

“War of 1812” opens at the St. Catharines Museum on Friday, Oct. 4 with a special event at 10:30 a.m. where guests can hear more about the exhibit’s creation and be among the first to explore its interactive and interpretive elements. The exhibit will be on display until the end of 2014.

“This interactive War of 1812 exhibit will help tell the stories, celebrate our heroes and recognize 200 years of peace since the end of the war,” said Mayor Brian McMullan. “With the help of the Government of Canada, this exhibit created by Brock University and the St. Catharines Museum can help us to truly explore our rich history.”

“Brock University is proudly a part of Niagara, so we were pleased to be able to work with the City of St. Catharines and the Government of Canada to make this happen,” said Jack Lightstone, president of Brock University. “The exhibit will help us all better understand how the War of 1812 shaped so much of our heritage and, two hundred years later, how that legacy lives on in our community.”

Anyone interested in attending the opening can RSVP by email to or by phone to 905-984-8880. Admission to the museum is by donation.

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