2015 War of 1812 Heritage Talks
September 18th and 19th
The North Country is crucial to the narrative of American history and the 7th annual War of 1812 Heritage Talks sponsored for the first time by St. Lawrence University and the Fort de La Présentation Association are instrumental in our community’s on-going understanding and appreciation of this region’s history. The talks also serve to highlight and strengthen our region’s value as a destination for historical tourism.
The reception will take place Friday, September 18th from 5pm-7pm. Sponsored by the SLCHA at the Silas Wright House in Canton, it is free and open to the public.
The talks will take place September 19th beginning at 8:30 and ending at 4:00. In total there will be 6 speakers who will give 20-minute presentations of their work followed by 10-minute Q&A periods. In addition to the Q & A periods, the talks will be broken up with two 15-minute breaks (morning and evening) and an hour-long lunch break. A box lunch will be provided to the speakers and attendees.
$9 general admission. Includes the talks, continental breakfast, boxed lunch. St. Lawrence University Students, Faculty, Staff talks free. Boxed lunch for an additional fee.
MELISSANE PARM SCHREMS, Ph.D. Associate Professor, History/Coordinator, Native American Studies, Saint Lawrence University Her research and teaching interest include the American founding until 1830. She will place the war in historical context and speak on the significance of the War of 1812 as a research topic and why it is ignored in the national narrative.
CHERYL BOOTS, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer of Humanities, Boston University Dr. Boots is the author of Singing for Equality: Hymns in the American Antislavery and Indian Rights Movements, 1640-1855. Dr. Boots will speak on the importance of music in the roles of enslaved and free African Americans, Indians and Abolitionists in the War of 1812.
GENE ALLEN SMITH, Ph.D. Professor of History/Director, Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University Dr. Smith's research interests include Early American, Maritime and Naval history. His most recent book is The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812. He will be invited to speak on enslaved soldiers and seamen within the context of War of 1812 maritime history.
TIMOTHY ABEL, Ph.D. Historian/adjunct professor of anthropology at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton Dr. Abel will introduce and interpret the most significant findings of the 2015 Plattsburgh, NY field school: Pike's Cantonment Archaeology Project.
RICHARD FELTOE curator and corporate archivist for the Redpath Sugar Museum and is active as a living history reenactor As a living history reenactor, he portrays the life of a Canadian militia soldier from the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada regiment in the War of 1812-1815. His many publications include Redcoated Ploughboys.
KEITH HERKALO is the author of The Battles at Plattsburgh, a history of the land and lake fight that took place on Sept. 11, 1814, as the British Army and Navy launched a combined attack down Lake Champlain towards Albany. He is also the editor of The Journal of H.K. Averill, Sr.: An Account of The Battle of Plattsburgh and Early North Country Community, and is a regular speaker on historic topics as well as serving as president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association.
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