Published on : Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Oswego War of 1812 Symposium returns to the Port City for its third year. It runs from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego. The event continues the bicentennial commemoration of the historic war that firmly established America’s independence from Great Britain and confirmed its national identity.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear is the chairman of the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium Bicentennial Steering Committee and will emcee the event.
“The symposium has grown significantly in size and scope over the last two years, leading us to relocate and expand the program to better accommodate participants,” said Lear. “Once again, we will offer a distinguished panel of speakers to discuss a variety of themes about the war and its effects along the New York-Canadian border.”
The weekend kicks off with a meet-and-greet social with cash bar, a presentation of the painting of the U.S. Brig Oneida by Oswego artist Tim Ames, and early registration from 6 to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the day begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome from emcee Paul Lear and a presentation by nationally-acclaimed historical marine artist Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher, “In the Wake of the Few: Portraying 1812 Marine History on Canvas.” Dr. Timothy Abel, historian and adjunct professor of anthropology at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton, presents “The Days are Cold and the Nights Much Colder: the Archaeology of Colonel Zebulon Pike’s 1812-1813 Winter Encampment at Plattsburgh.” Dr. Gary Gibson, noted historian and author, makes his third appearance at the symposium. This year, he discusses “Target of Opportunity: The Two Battles of Sackets Harbor.”