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CALL FOR PAPERS: War of 1812 Symposium

6th Annual International War of 1812 Symposium
Oswego, NY
1–3 April 2016

Proposals are invited for papers to be read and optionally published as part of the 6th Annual International War of 1812 Symposium at Oswego, NY, 1–3 April 2016. As 2016 is the 200th anniversary of the formation of Oswego County, papers on topics relative to the military, naval, mercantile, social, economic or political history of the Oswego region before, during or after the War of 1812 (from the 1700s until about 1820) will be given special consideration. As in the past, proposals for papers on all other aspects of the War of 1812 are also welcome.

Successful applicants will be allowed 40 minutes to present their papers. If you wish to participate, please submit a brief (about 100-word) abstract of the paper you propose and send it by e-mail to Dr. Gary M. Gibson, program chairman, no later than Monday, 19 October 2015. Abstracts must be submitted in .doc, .docx or .rtf format and will be used as part of the symposium’s program and for advertising the event nationally and internationally. Along with the abstract, please send a brief biographical sketch in the same format.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, November 7, 2015. To be included in the printed proceedings, your complete paper must be received in digital format no later than Monday, January 11, 2016. Presenters will receive complementary accommodations at the symposium for the nights of April 1 and 2, reasonable travel expenses and an honorarium.

As in past years, the symposium will be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, attached to the Best Western Hotel at Oswego, NY. Friday evening, April 1, 2016, is reserved for the presentation of selected student papers. The symposium itself runs from Saturday morning, April 2, through Sunday noon, April 3. Saturday’s lunch will be provided at the symposium. Successful applicants will receive further details in early November.

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NMHS Presents Jerry Roberts’ British Raid on Essex 14 February

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for
The British Raid on Essex: The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812
with Author and Historian Jerry Roberts

Saturday, 14 February 2015
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Roberts_Jerry_British-Raid-on-EssexJoin us as author, historian and Sea History magazine contributor Jerry Roberts presents the dramatic history of the largest single maritime loss of the War of 1812 and one of the most destructive actions in Connecticut history, in which a British landing force guided by a well-paid American traitor burned twenty-seven American vessels, including six newly built privateers. In spite of the significant losses involved, the British raid on Essex has been virtually left out of the history books—the  forgotten battle of the forgotten war. Jerry Roberts provides a definitive overview of the event and includes a wealth of new information drawn from recent research and archaeological finds.

The Public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

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Lois McClure at the Newburgh Riverfront Marina this Thursday 14 August

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Canal Schooner
Lois McClure
Thursday August 14, 10am–5pm at the Newburgh Riverfront Marina
Admission Free

Lois McClure

CREDIT: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The schooner Lois McClure will be at the Newburgh Riverfront Marina this Thursday, 14 August from 10am-5pm.  Admission is free.  A full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, Lois McClure  is on tour this year commemorating the 200th anniversary of the final year of the War of 1812.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is using the opportunity to share the story of the military contest for Lake Champlain and Macdonough’s Victory on September 11, 1814. The battle helped determine the outcome of the war and the 2014 tour will visit communities along the Richelieu River, Lake Champlain and the Hudson River to New York City. In addition to concluding the War of 1812 trilogy, the 2014 program will carry information about environmental stewardship and the incredible historic canal system that is still operational today. An important aspect of interpretation will focus on the shipwrecks of the War of 1812.

For more information, visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Lois McClure page at



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