Ogdensburg, N.Y. - The Fort La Présentation Association has created an annual bursary of a maximum of $100 to honor the memory of Teresa Mitchell, the late President and CEO of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway and the Seaway Trail Foundation. The bursary will allow an individual to attend the War of 1812 Heritage Talks in Ogdensburg April 26-27, 2013, and in following years. Fort La Présentation Association President Barbara O'Keefe said, "We have instituted the award in Teresa's name because she understood the important link between history and tourism. Teresa dedicated her career to New York State's tourism industry, and strongly supported history-based tourism along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail." The winner will attend the War of 1812 Heritage Talks' social gathering Friday, April 26 and the eight seminars offered on Saturday, April 27. The seminars by the American and Canadian speakers cover militia, regulars, religion and women, Native allies, the navy and privateer, and range in focus from the Midwest to the Atlantic Coast. Applicants for the bursary must provide a brief submission of not more than 250 words describing the importance of the War of 1812 to promoting tourism and mail entry to Fort La Présentation Association, Box 1749, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, to be received on or before Monday, April 8, 2013. Submissions must include applicant's name, address and phone number. All submissions become the property of the Fort La Présentation Association. The judges' decision is final. The bursary is not redeemable for cash. Secondary school and post-secondary students may apply. More information on the War of 1812 Heritage Talks is online at http://www.fort1749.org/.
Contact: Mike Bristol, President/CEO, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, 315-646-1000 x202 Barbara O'Keefe, President, Fort La Presentation Association, 315-323-2593