OSWEGO – History buffs gathered in the Port City from across the U.S. and Canada to hear retrospectives at the fifth annual Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium.
From April 17 to 19, attendees gained fresh insights about this campaign from a panel of esteemed historians at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego.
“This symposium is one of the most prominent international history events on the lecture circuit and we’ve demonstrated that again this year by welcoming some of the biggest heavyweights of War of 1812 history,” said Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear, chairman of the symposium committee. “Their presentations gave the audience new and interesting perspectives on key battles, the effects of war and how it is remembered. Listeners were fascinated by the material. They posed dynamic questions and commentary to the speakers and made it a truly interactive exchange.”
Nine speakers from across the U.S. and Canada explored a variety of War of 1812 topics, including naval and military strategy and tactics, battle analysis, civilian life on the home front, artistic re-creations of the war and how we remember the campaign today.
Maritime artist and presenter Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher said, “This was my second symposium and it went just as smoothly as the last time. It’s a real treat for us as presenters to be here in this wonderful venue in a beautiful historic port. Moreover, we all get to interact with these ‘rock stars of history’ for the weekend.”
Presenter Walter Lewis, maritime historian and author, seconded that with, “This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the people whose books I’ve read and always wanted to meet. It was great to be able to hear them present and ask questions. I’m also impressed with the international scope of this symposium. The whole experience has given me a deeper insight into the War of 1812.”
Participants also engaged with many exhibitors, vendors, authors and artists who were at hand for discussions and signings.
They included symposium presenters Dr. Richard Barbuto, Dr. Jane Errington, Dr. Gary Gibson, Donald Graves, Dr. Donald Hickey, Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher, and retired USMC Col. Clayton Nans; as well as living history presenters Bill Bamann and Ted Scofield, Continental Arms Collectors Association, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Man in the Moon Candies, Old Fort Niagara Association; Oswego County Tourism; Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance; www.visitoswegony.com; U.S. Army Heritage Center at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, General Jacob Brown Chapter.
Sponsors for this year’s event were the Friends of Fort Ontario, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council, The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, SUNY Oswego Office of Business Relations, IHeartOswego, the Palladium-Times, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Man in the Moon Candies, Oswego County Today, City of Oswego, www.visitoswegony.com, and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
For more great events and visitor information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com