The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has published a booklet that summarizes the War of 1812 on the northern border from Lake Michigan to Lake Champlain. Fort Niagara State Park volunteer Donald Gibbons of Youngstown compiled the booklet. Gibbons has been a longtime volunteer at Fort Niagara State Park and took this project on as a service to the Niagara Region of New York State Parks.
Written in a chronological "event-to-event" format, the book provides an easily understood summary of significant happenings during this important period in America's history. A brief prelude of historical events from the Revolutionary War to 1812 establishes a setting for America's second war with Great Britain.
Summaries then follow, by date, for each event within the years 1812-14 and are accompanied by four theater of operations maps. In addition, the bibliography of reference books used by Gibbons directs the reader to excellent sources for added information if they desire. Several American and Canadian historians reviewed this work and their comments and suggestions are incorporated in the narratives.
The booklet may be used for fundraising purposes by civic, historical and educational organizations. They can be purchased for $1 each and resold for $2. There are 5,000 copies available.
For more information or to order books, contact Angela P. Berti at 278-1764 or via email at [email protected].