Next Fort Meigs lecture - Sept 20 - press release
- The Fort Meigs Bentley Lecture Series
"The Battle of Lake Erie: Archaeology of the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes"
Ms. Carrie Sowden, Archaeological Director of the Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Center- Great Lakes Historical Society, will present Archaeology of the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes on Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Meigs visitor center. The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
The Battle of Lake Erie is one of the most important naval battles in United States history and the repercussions from it changed the shape of the War of 1812. Ms. Sowden will discuss the search for the battle sight and how it was discovered. She will also highlight several other War of 1812 shipwrecks that have been discovered and studied in other Great Lakes.
Carrie Sowden graduated with a BS from Emory University and an MA in Anthropology from Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology Program. Her areas of specialty are historical archaeology and waterlogged artifact conservation. During her career as a nautical archaeologist, she has worked on shipwreck projects in Maine, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Portugal, the Azores, Turkey, and Ohio. She has been an archaeologist on the Red River steamboat Heroine recovery project in Oklahoma with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. She is currently the Archaeological Director for the Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center for the Great Lakes Historical Society. She has been a participating investigator on many projects in Lake Erie, including the search for the Battle of Lake Erie and the excavation of the 1850 side-wheel steamer Anthony Wayne.
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg, Ohio on Thursday, September 20th 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