Newspapers, Mail & Communications During the War of 1812

Southern Maryland News Net
In an age where Facebook and Twitter spread news faster than the local paper, it is hard to imagine a time when information actually had to travel to be heard. On Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 pm in the new auditorium at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, historian Mike Dixon will present a lecture titled, 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.This lecture is part of the War of 1812: A Legacy of Division series which offers a wide range of perspectives on this “forgotten conflict.” The series is presented in celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial by Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, in partnership with the Calvert Marine Museum, and College of Southern Maryland. 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 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 audience.


This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

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.

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland.

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