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The north country looms large at upcoming War of 1812 Heritage Talks

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Thenorth country will loom large, represented by three speakers, two authors, a musician and exhibits at the War of 1812 Heritage Talks April 25 and 26 at the Freight House Restaurant in Ogdensburg.

“From our first set of talks in 2009, the north country has been a major component because events in the war happened here along the Canadian border,” said Barbara O’Keefe, president of the Fort La Présentation Association. “Saturday this year, from Lake Ontario, down the St. Lawrence and over to the Chateauguay and Saranac Rivers episodes of our history will be revealed in the seminars, through the displays and by the writers.”

Apart from their credentials and accomplishments, these presenters are our flesh and blood neighbors living or working in Cape Vincent, DeKalb, Kendrew Corners, Carthage, Morristown, Eel Weir, Black River, Ogdensburg and Watertown.

“Put aside any ideas that history is dull and anyone talking about it is boring,” said Mrs. O’Keefe. “These people make our history just as alive as they are.”

Friday evening award-winning north country fiddler Don Woodcock gives a lively family friendly concert of period ballads, jigs and reels drawn from his huge repertoire.

Students, history buffs and the curious can spend April 26 discovering the U.S. Navy on the St. Lawrence River, war-related archaeology in the St. Lawrence and by the Saranac River, the Battle of French Creek, the attack on Sackets Harbor and the war in St. Lawrence County.

There is more: a Connecticut Yankee on the northern frontier, the British attacks along Chesapeake Bay and the burning of Washington; the Battle of Chateauguay and the navy in the age of sail. As well, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, the uniforms of the American army, an active demonstration of Regency quilting, the Remington Museum and the Dunvegan Pioneer Museum.

Outside New York, speakers are coming from Maryland, Connecticut, Vermont and Ontario.

Saturday’s fees are lower than in previous years and include a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. The rates are $30 for students; $50 for educators and town historians; and $60 for all others. Pre-registration is required.

Mr. Woodcock’s April 25 evening concert of traditional music at 7 p.m. is free to youth 17 and under. Adults pay $5.

On April 26, as time allows, two documentaries will be shown. One about the preservation of New York battlefields and the other concerning the devastation of south western Ontario by U.S. forces.

For complete information visit the Fort La Présentation Association Web pageat www.fort1749.org.

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