Stewart Museum press release
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For Immediate Release
1812: ARCHIVE SECRETS � THE STEWART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ITS PARTICIPATION IN
THE BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF THE WAR OF 1812
Montr�al, January 10th, 2013 - The Stewart Museum is pleased to announce that it will receive funding
from the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage�s 1812 Commemoration Fund. The
funding in the amount of $100,000 will enable the Stewart Museum to set up the web project 1812:
This multimedia project will allow the Stewart Museum to position itself as embracing technological
change but also as a reference center for the War of 1812, thanks to the creation of this web portal.
The portal will include the largest existing database with a search engine on the Canadian militias of
Lower Canada, a �Who�s Who� of the population of Lower Canada at the time and a series of lectures
and capsules on the subject. A nationwide competition, In the Footsteps of our Canadian Heroes, will
also be launched to raise awareness among Canadians and encourage them to feed the database with
their family archives.
The Stewart Museum has more than 100 artifacts (objects, rare books, archival documents) directly
related to the War of 1812. Furthermore, the Museum is housed in the arsenal of the British fortified
depot of �le Sainte-H�l�ne, a military building built between 1820 and 1824 by the British, who after the
events of the Anglo-American war decided to strengthen the defensive system of their colonies in North
America. �le Sainte-H�l�ne was seen as the ideal location for a supply center for Montr�al and Upper
A little-known history
The years 1812-1815 represent an under-analyzed period in the history of Lower Canada even though
it is a milestone in the history of Quebec. More than 10,000 militiamen were recruited to defend their
homeland. Paradoxically we can observe a lack of educational and informational resources on the
theme of Canadian society around 1820 and, more specifically, on the emergence and defense of the
language rights of francophones having participated in the conflict. 1812: Archive Secrets will therefore
fill this gap in addition to responding directly to the �Social sciences� component of the Programme de
formation de l��cole qu�b�coise, which focuses on the influence of some major actors and the impact
of historical events on the social and territorial organization of Lower Canada.
The conflict actually had an impact on the territorial planning of Lower Canadian society in 1820,
particularly through the establishment of a system of communication and defense (military garrisons
and canals) still visible today. The Napoleonic wars, which had an impact on pan-Canadian society, will
also be discussed. Espionage and subversive acts by French agents certainly pique the interest of
Canadians and Quebecers. The War of 1812 also had an impact on the future of First Nations people
as well as an impact on technology. The first rockets were used in North America during the battle of
March 20, 1814 against the U.S. military on the Lacolle River.
To ensure the success of this project, the Stewart Museum has turned to Mr. Luc L�pine (military
historian) who has devoted the last 30 years to the demystification of this conflict and has written a
doctoral thesis on the subject. The researcher has also graciously shared all his archives with the
Stewart Museum in order to feed the project and contribute to the construction of the database and
�Who�s Who�. Everything will be made available to Canadians to help them better analyze and
understand the impact of the 1812-1814 conflict.
Contact: Myriam Perron
514 861-6701 ext. 231
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