Sackets Harbor, NY -- An authentic and lively presentation by an acclaimed French & Indian War reenactor will bring history to life at 6 pm at the Red Barn at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Thursday, May 21, 2009. Major George A. Bray III will present "Struggle for an Empire, The French and Indian War along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, 1755-1760." Bray will relate tales of the 250-year-old conflict to open the 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Experience Series. Bray will appear in period costume, portraying an officer of Rogers' Rangers, an elite rapid response light infantry unit known for its bold military tactics. Rogers' Rangers became the chief scouting unit of the British Crown forces during the war fought from 1754 to 1760. In addition to being a respected French & Indian War historian, Bray is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, and an author writing for such publications as Early America Review. He has written about various aspects of the war from the use of poisoned bullets by the French to scalping. Bray's historic collection includes original newspapers, documents, books, prints and weaponry. As event commander at historic Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY, Bray will welcome hundreds of reenactors for the July 3-5 New York State Signature Event for the 250th French & Indian War Anniversary Commemoration. Bray says, "My mission is to portray 18th century military life for the education of visitors to historic sites and to perpetuate the significant history of the French and Indian War and Rogers' Rangers." Bray serves with Seaway Trail Foundation President Teresa Mitchell on the New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemorative Commission. The $5 admission for May 21st presentation will benefit the nonprofit Seaway Trail Foundation that promotes learning experience tourism along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The 518-mile byway is one of America's Byways noted for authentic American experiences. Learn more at www.seawaytrail.com or call 315-646-1000.
# # #Photo Caption: On May 21 at 6 pm, French & Indian War reenactor "Major" George A. Bray III will present "Struggle for an Empire, The French and Indian War along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, 1755-1760" at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield "Red Barn" to open the 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Experience Series. Bray, a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, will appear in period costume, portraying an officer of Rogers' Rangers, an elite rapid response light infantry unit known for its bold military tactics. More info: 315-646-1000 Contact: Teresa Mitchell, 315-646-1000; George Bray III, 585-729-9302