OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center is pleased to present its September lecture “The Impact of the War of 1812 at Home and on our Nation” by Michael Pittavino on Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
The War of 1812 was a turning point in American history, improving our commerce, industry and technology, which lead to the great westward expansion of the United States.
Up until the war to defend “Free Trade and Sailors Rights” roughly half of American exports were shipped directly to Great Britain.
The battles over trade on the Great Lakes and beyond and impressment of U.S. sailors by the British led to the creation of a formal maritime fleet, our nation’s first official United States Navy.
Pittavino will discuss how the War of 1812 ushered in an era of both domestic and international commerce that propelled the United States into an industrial revolution.
“Mike has been with the museum for the last year and a half and has brought his knowledge and research skills to new exhibits here at the museum. He also presented on our behalf last summer during the canal schooner, Lois McClure, visit. We are thrilled to have Mike presenting on this very relevant topic.” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the museum and maritime center.
From foreign policy and the Treaty of Ghent to the New York State Canal System and westward expansion, Pittavino, a resident of Sackets Harbor and history graduate student at SUNY Oswego, will discuss how the War of 1812 shaped not only the city of Oswego, but the entirety of the United States.
This program is free to the public.
The museum is located in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.
For more information contact the museum at (315) 342.0480 or visit; hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or facebook.com/hlwmm