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OFN hosts War of 1812 symposium

by jmaloni
Mon, Mar 14th 2011 01:00 pm

Old Fort Niagara will host a special symposium titled "1812: A War of Many Faces" from June 10-12. The three-day event, underwritten by the New York Council for the Humanities, will bring six top scholars to Niagara County for a series of presentations about the people who were touched by the conflict.

Included will be author, storyteller and artist Darren Bonaparte, and authors Dr. Donald R. Hickey, Dr. William S. Dudley, Donald Graves, Dianne Graves and Maj. Dr. John Grodzinski. Speakers will examine the experiences of soldiers and sailors from both sides of the war, as well as the struggle's impact on women and Native Americans.

The conference will lead off with a Friday night reception at Old Fort Niagara. Lectures will take place throughout the day on Saturday in the Village of Youngstown. The conference will conclude with a special walking tour of the fort called "Bayonets Before Daybreak" on Sunday morning.

Lectures are free and open to the public, but all participants must register by April 30 by calling 745-7611, ext. 230. A meal plan including the Friday evening reception, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, is available for $65. Reservations and pre-payment are required.

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