Oswego, N.Y. - Register today for the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium to learn more about the war that earned our young nation respect from around the world.

The fifth annual event opens on Friday, April 17 with registration and check-in from 6 to 9 p.m. along with a meet-and-greet social and cash bar. Evening programming also includes an academic competition for students from across the U.S. who will compete for cash and prizes as well as the respect of established historians.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, nine speakers from the U.S. and Canada will take the podium at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego to cover various topics related to this historic campaign.

The day begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a welcome from emcee Paul Lear and a presentation by author Dr. Donald Hickey, a history professor at Wayne State College in Nebraska, entitled, "Forgotten Conflict: Why the War of 1812 Matters Today." Dr. Jane Errington, author and history professor at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada follows with her discussion, "The Home Front of an ‘Unnatural War.'" Prominent author and military historian Donald Graves continues with "A Plague on Both Their Houses: A Critical Examination of the War of 1812 Bicentenary in Canada and the U.S."

There will be a break for lunch followed by the presentation, "America's First Arms Race: Lake Ontario, 1807 to 1817," from naval historian and author Dr. Gary M. Gibson. Award-winning maritime historian Walter Lewis continues with, "The Christmas Eve Treaty and the Great Lakes Region," while author and retired Canadian Army Maj. Sandy Antal wraps up the day with his discussion, "Isaac Brock and the Cession of Michigan."

On Sunday, nationally acclaimed historical marine artist Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher opens the symposium at 9 a.m. with, "In His Bag of Tricks: Using Photography and Photoshop to Create Historical Art." Retired U.S. Army Maj. Dr. Richard Barbuto, author, professor and deputy director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, continues with "In 1814 We Took a Little Trip: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans." Naval historian and retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Clayton Nans closes out the event with his discussion, "Give Them Cold Steel!: Naval Small Arms of the United States during the War of 1812."

Registration for both days is $75 per person or $35 for students with a valid ID. The fee includes Saturday's lunch, refreshment breaks on Saturday and Sunday and workshop materials. One-day registration is also available: $50 for Saturday, including lunch or $25 for Sunday. For students with a valid ID, one day rates are $23 for Saturday, including lunch or $12 for Sunday.

Symposium sponsors include the Friends of Fort Ontario, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council, The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, SUNY Oswego Office of Business Relations, IHeartOswego, The Palladium-Times, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Man in the Moon Candies, Oswego County Today, City of Oswego, www.visitoswegony.com, and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

For a complete schedule or to register for the symposium, call 315-343-4711 or go to www.fortontario.com. For visitor information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.