fort-logo-oswegatchie.jpgOgdensburg, N.Y. - At the War of 1812 Heritage Talks April 25-26  New York's North Country will loom large, represented by three speakers, two authors, a musician and exhibits at the Freight House Restaurant in Ogdensburg. "From our first set of talks in 2009, the North Country has been a major component because events in the war happened here along the Canadian border," said Barbara O'Keefe, President of the Fort La Présentation Association. "Saturday this year, from Lake Ontario, down the St. Lawrence and over to the Chateauguay and Saranac Rivers episodes of our history will be revealed in the seminars, through the displays and by the writers." Apart from their credentials and accomplishments, these presenters are our flesh and blood neighbors living or working in Cape Vincent, DeKalb, Kendrew Corners, Carthage, Morristown, Eel Weir, Black River, Ogdensburg and Watertown. "Put aside any ideas that history is dull and anyone talking about it is boring," said Ms. O'Keefe. "These people make our history just as alive as they are." Friday evening award winning North Country fiddler Don Woodcock gives a lively family friendly concert of period ballads, jigs and reels drawn from his huge repertoire. Students, history buffs and the curious can spend Sat., April 26 discovering the US Navy on the St. Lawrence River, war-related archaeology in the St. Lawrence and by the Saranac River, the Battle of French Creek, the attack on Sackets Harbor and the war in St. Lawrence County. There is more; a Connecticut Yankee on the Northern Frontier, the British attacks along Chesapeake Bay and the burning of Washington; the Battle of Chateauguay and the navy in the age of sail. As well, the Battle of Crysler's Farm, the uniforms of the American army, an active demonstration of Regency quilting, the Remington Museum and the Dunvegan Pioneer Museum. Outside New York, speakers are coming from Maryland, Connecticut, Vermont and Ontario. Saturday's fees are lower than in previous years and include a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Students $30; Educators and NYS Town Historians $50; Others $60. Pre-registration required. Don Woodcock's Friday evening concert of traditional music at 7 p.m. is free to youth 17 and under. Adults pay $5.00. Saturday, as time allows, two documentaries will be shown. One about the preservation of New York battlefields and the other concerning the devastation of south western Ontario by US forces. For complete information visit the Fort La Présentation Association Web page, http://www.fort1749.org/ .

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For more information media may contact: Barbara O'Keefe, President, Fort La Présentation Association 315-323-2593 Background War of 1812 Symposium April 25-26, 2014 From the North Country Speakers & Musician Dennis McCarthy (The US Navy Support of the Wilkinson Campaign and the Battle of French Creek) from Cape Vincent, NY is an amateur archaeologist, historian and diver who authored Shipwrecks of the Thousand Islands. David Murray (The American Infantry Uniform from 1811 to 1815), Morristown, NY, has researched and recreated American military uniforms for more than 20 years. He is an experimental archaeologist, creating then testing the durability of period clothing. Bryan Thompson (Lt. Col. Thomas B. Benedict, the Accidental Commander of the St Lawrence County Militia) the municipal historian for the town of DeKalb, NY, received a Hackman research fellowship to study the life of Lt. Col. Benedict Don Woodcock from Kendrew Corners holds the title of Grand Champion Fiddler of New York State, having won the state championship three times. In 1987 he was inducted into the New York State Fiddlers Hall of Fame Authors John Austin St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812 Folly and Mischief. The book recounts battles and skirmishes, and the fascinating North Country characters which influenced them. St. Lawrence County played a divided role. The region shared the border crossed by close personal and business associations. Mr. Austin is a retired teacher living in DeKalb. Hope Irvin Marston Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey: The War of 1812. Eleven-year-old Rankin McMullin has joined the brig Oneida. As a powder monkey his job is to carry gunpowder to the guns. Social Studies teachers will find this book useful in sharing a bit of neglected history with their students. Ms. Marsden from Black River has written a number of books for young readers. Exhibits Pike's Cantonment, a temporary military camp along the Saranac River, housed more than 2,000 American soldiers during the winter of 1812-13. The location remained a mystery until 2011 when archaeology confirmed the presence of the encampment. The cantonment was abandoned in the spring when troops were ordered to Sackets Harbor. Dr. Tim Abel, Lead Archaeologist Sackets Harbor became the center of American naval and military activity for the upper St. Lawrence Valley and Lake Ontario. In an attempt to destroy the American shipyard, a British-Canadian force launched an attack May 29, 1813. The Americans drove off the enemy, but a fire that destroyed their military stores marred their narrow victory. Constance Barone, Site Manager St. Lawrence River Historical Foundation Inc. will have posters telling the story of underwater archeology activities on the US side of the Thousand Islands. A media player will show slides and video of the archeology projects. Maps, drawings and booklets on display cover subjects from French and Indian War to 19th-century commercial sailing.  There will be information on Site Registration programs with New York State Historic Preservation Office. Kathi McCarthy, Heritage Interpreter The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg houses a comprehensive collection of Remington's paintings, sketches and sculptures. David Parish, an early developer in St. Lawrence County and a prominent player in the shipping and lumber industry, built the main building in 1810. Parish opposed the War of 1812. Laura Foster, Director/Curator Documentaries "Losing Ground: The Race to Preserve War of 1812 Battlefields in New York State" produced by WCNY Syracuse, New York, and "A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812" concerns the American ‘scorched earth' of Southwestern Ontario.  Produced by the Living History Multimedia Association, Brantford, Ontario. Other Speakers Ralph Eshelman M.A. (The British Campaign in the Chesapeake) is a heritage consultant living in Lusby, MD. He is the co-author with Burton K. Kummerow of In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Gregory Kloten M.A. (Captain George Howard United States Army: The Chronicles of a Connecticut Yankee on the Northern Frontier of the War of 1812) from Wethersfield, CT teaches American and World history at Capital Community College in Hartford. Horst Dresler (The Canadian Voltigeurs and the Battle of Chateauguay) a Canadian, resident and business owner in Woodstock, VT is an author, a re-enactor for three decades, and event organizer for more than 10 years. Richard Feltoe (The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816) from Brampton, Ontario is the Curator and Corporate Archivist for Redpath Sugar Ltd. in Toronto. He is the author of seven books on the War of 1812 and a longtime re-enactor. Other Exhibits In The Age of Sail the Royal Navy and the American Navy, whether on the oceans or the Great Lakes were almost identically equipped from ship design to armaments to the food and stores. Get the feel of life aboard a fighting vessel without the risk of seasickness. Fritz Steele, Heritage Interpreter War of 1812 Re-enactment Photography is as close as many people get to the fog of war and the confusion of battle. The captured moments of advancing troops, artillery fire and poignant instances give a certain intimacy to a war and battle. The photographs were shot at re-enactments in the St. Lawrence Valley since 2012.  Helen Mott, Professional Photographer The Dunvegan Pioneer Museum is a small village capturing the early years of Ontario's Glengarry County settled by Loyalists and immigrant Scot. The Regiment of Glengarry Fencible Infantry and the Glengarry Militia were active locally and across what is now Ontario and into New York during the War of 1812. Jim Mullin, Re-enactor Regency Quilting is not like your grandmother's crazy and patterned quilts, so well known today. The Sisters of Perpetual Needling will be working a period design on a traditional quilting frame with a display of contemporary examples of period fabrics and photos of antique quilts from museums around the world. Christine Nicholson & Therese Whittaker, Heritage Interpreters Photos and longer biographies are on our Facebook page, War of 1812 Heritage Talks. Also see fort1749.org.

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