The Fort Meigs Bentley Lecture Series
"Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812"
Dr. Denver Brunsman, Assistant Professor of History, Wayne State University, will present "Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812" on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Meigs visitor center. The presentation is free and open to the public.
This talk will focus on Detroit's tumultuous experience during the War of 1812. In August 1812, General William Hull surrendered Detroit to the British under General Isaac Brock. For more than a year, until September 1813, Detroit remained in the hands of the British. Although historians have long debated General Hull's conduct during war, they have mostly ignored the conflict's consequences on the inhabitants of the Detroit River Region. In 2012, Professor Brunsman and his students are partnering with the Detroit Historical Society in a year-long community history project to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The project aims to uncover the interactions and experiences of diverse groups on both sides of the Detroit River, including Native Americans, African Americans, British subjects, French settlers, and American citizens. During his lecture, Professor Brunsman will share the initial findings of the project.
Dr. Brunsman received his PhD from Princeton University in 2004 and an M.A. from the same institution in 2000. He has written and presented extensively on 18th and early 19th century topics. Among Dr. Brunsman's works are "Everyday Escapes: The Art of Evading the British Press Gang"; "American Colonies: Virginia Company," a chapter in The Reader's Guide to British History; and the soon to be published "Impressment" and "Naval Desertion," in The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Warfare to 1775 and" The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World."
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg, Ohio on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 PM. The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. For more information on this and all of the events at Fort Meigs call 800-283-8916 or visit us on-line at www.fortmeigs.org or www.ohiohistory.org