WAR OF 1812 WAR COLLEGE AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS
OGDENSBURG, NY May 5, 2009-- More than 100 people from Virginia to New York and from Ontario to Vermont attended the first annual War of 1812 War College sponsored by the Fort La Présentation Association May 1, 2009 in Ogdensburg, NY.
"We are delighted the five seminars drew double the number of folks we expected at our first annual war college," said the Project Director Doug Cubbison. "Our goal was to have a hospitable, informative event with excellent speakers and we succeeded."
The war college attracted academics, historians, authors, genealogists, archaeologists, various specialists, and, of course, military re-enactors and history buffs.
"Given the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the 110 participants, we have booked the first weekend May 2010 for the second annual War of 1812 War College," Cubbison said.
To determine how the war college can be improved, the Fort La Présentation Association surveyed this year's participants. The pro bono consultant's report is expected in mid May.
As the War of 1812 bicentennial draws near, interest in the war is increasing in the United States while the war continues as a topic of public interest and academic study in Canada
About half of the war college participants came from Ontario where the provincial government has provided financial assistance to established six regional organizations to undertake planning for local War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations.
The war college speakers were: Canadian Army Major John Grodzinski who gave the keynote address on the war on the Upper St. Lawrence River; Dr. Gary Gibson delivered an American perspective on naval operations on Lake Ontario; Dr. Timothy Abel spoke on the archaeological revelations of the history of the war in Sackets Harbor; Mr. Donald Graves, a consulting historian, examined the role of the American Army on the northern frontier from Detroit to Ogdensburg; and Mr. James Reagan, managing editor of the Ogdensburg Journal, conducted a walking tour of the Battle of Ogdensburg.