Documenting the War of 1812 Database Launch

Join our research team as they share their expertise in developing the on-line 1812 database using the documentary resources at the Fort Erie Historical Museum on March 17, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The project included annotating the 1812 archival material and creating a database to provide researchers a quick overview of resources via the web. The tireless efforts of local historians Charlie Capern and Joe Lischka and their extensive knowledge of the War were invaluable for their work in the annotation process. Reid Canavan, Network Administrator, provided the IT support for bringing the information to the web.  Museum Administrator Jane Davies is directing several projects aimed at making information within the Museum accessible to the public.

To help celebrate this occasion, visitors can enjoy the exhibit Friend, Foe, FIRE! Life in Fort Erie during the War of 1812.  Visitors can also dress the part using reproduction period costumes in the exhibit Regency Clothing: What Fort Erie was Wearing in 1812.  On this day only, a reproduction of Major-General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe’s uniform is also available to try on. Major General Sheaffe took command after Brock died and was instrumental in winning the Battle of Queenston Heights. The costume is courtesy of Linda Stanley of Canadian Art Cards, who was key to bringing the original Sheaffe uniform and archival material to the Province of Ontario.

Linda Stanley will be available to share part of the world’s largest collection of War of 1812 artwork, which she has spent four years developing.  The collection is nearing 400 pieces and is the basis for an exhibition entitled MARCH of TIME, showcasing the chronological history in pictures and stories covering every activity of this war worldwide.  Calendars, books, prints and show pieces from this exhibit will be for sale and exhibit as part of the database launch.

Admission is by donation.  For more information or to arrange images for press please contact Andrea Wilson.

To see the poster for this event, CLICK HERE

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