Campus Hosts War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium

February 16, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

Some of Canada’s most respected and popular War of 1812 historians will gather at the University of Guelph Feb. 25 for a War of 1812 bicentennial symposium.

The event, which is open to the public, will include re-enactors in period costumes, storytelling, public talks and battle re-creations. Registration details

Uniformed “soldiers” will help direct people to the conference, to be held in Rozanski Hall.

The event is sponsored by U of G’s Department of History and the Cambridge, Ont.-based 41st Regiment of Foot re-enactment group, as well as “living history” groups in London and Hamilton, the Wellington County Museum, the Guelph Historical Society and Guelph Museums.

At 9 a.m., keynote speaker and historian David Graves will discuss “Whither the War of 1812,” a review of historical literature about the war over the past four decades. Lt.-Gen. Jonathon Riley will give the closing keynote address on “1812 Coalition War, World War” at 3 p.m.

Adwoa Badoe, a Guelph author and storyteller, will discuss “Richard Pierpoint: A Black Volunteer in the War of 1812” at 1 p.m. Her talk is part of Black History Month.

Concurrent lectures will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Also featured are a period dinner, dancing and games. A complete schedule is available online.

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