Innovative exhibition, 1812, explores four perspectives on a pivotal war.
The War of 1812 was a dramatic event in Canadian history. But what was at stake, and who won? The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is proud to bring a highly successful and award-winning exhibition produced by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to St. Catharines. This exhibitexplores the War of 1812 through theperspectives of the four central participants: Canadians(including Canadian First Peoples), Americans, the British, and Native Americans.
1812, supported by National Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group and National Supporting Sponsor Ancestry.ca, explores the way in which each participantexperienced the war. These multiple perspectives together provide a deeper understanding of the conflict as a whole.
“This exhibition offers a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of an event that helped shape Canada as a nation,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which operates the Canadian War Museum.
1812 vividly conveys the motivations and aspirations of the four participants, their experiences of the war, and its effect on their future. It brings to life key personalities, such as Major-General Sir Isaac Brock; Francis Scott Key, the Baltimore lawyer who after witnessing the British bombardment of Baltimore, Maryland, wrote the lyrics for what would eventually become the American national anthem; and the Shawnee leader Tecumseh, one of the best-known and most respected Native American military leaders who fought alongside the British and was killed during the battle of the Thames. The travelling version is based on the original 1812 exhibition at the War Museum which received the 2012 Ontario Museums Association Award of Excellence in Exhibitions.
1812 will be on display at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre from April 6, through August 18, 2013.
The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions.
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