A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812 — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812

A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812

A collaboration between the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library
October 2012 through February 2013

 

For the sixth time, the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library team together to provide an enlightening scholarly series on another poignant time in America’s history – The War of 1812.  Historians have acknowledged that this was the start of America as a cohesive nation, replete with bombs “bursting in air” therefore the choice of the title, “A Star Spangled Nation.”  The four-part series is sponsored by The Wilton Bank, with individual sponsors for each lecture listed below.  The hosts for the series are Louise Herot and Greg Chann with moderators Steve Hudspeth and Max Gabrielson sharing the duties.  Receptions will follow each of the talks.  The venues alternate between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society.

Registration is essential for these very popular lectures.  Please click the registration buttons below for each lecture and print your ticket.

To register, please click on the registration links below or call 203-762-3950 , ext. 213.


Causes and Impact of the War – Matthew Warshauer

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2 – 3:30 pm*
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, 203-762-3950 , ext. 213

Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, joins us to give us an overview on the war, including politics pre- and post- war, its overall impact, and Andrew Jackson’s controversial contributions that brought him into the national spotlight.  Dr. Warshauer is most recently the author of Andrew Jackson in Context (2011), part of a series on American Presidents published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (New York).  Please click on the registration link to see more details about the speaker.

This lecture is sponsored by Leland Wilson, Wilson Properties, LLC.  The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.

*please note the earlier time for this one speaker; the remaining programs are from 4 – 5:30 pm regardless of the venue.

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Native Americans in the War – David Koch

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 4 – 5:30 pm
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road, Wilton, 203-762-7257

In this second lecture, David Koch will discuss the situation for Native Americans in 1812, the reasons they sided with Britain, the hold of fear they had on Americans, and the bitter fighting that ensued, as well as the final banishing of Natives beyond the Mississippi.

Dave Koch is an Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Though a wide-ranging historian, Koch’s specialty areas are the Civil War and Native American History. He has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage. See the registration link for more information about the speaker.

This lecture is sponsored by Robert and Anne Cuddy.  The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.

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The War Connecticut Hated – Walter Woodward

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 4 – 5:30 pm
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, 203-762-3950 , ext. 213

In this third lecture, Walter Woodward will discuss the political impact of the war, especially on Connecticut and its citizenry.

Walter Woodward is a State Historian of Connecticut, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut, author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (2010) and the recent article: “The War Connecticut Hated” published in Connecticut Explored.

This lecture is sponsored by Bill and Kathleen Brennan.  The moderator is Max Gabrielson.

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Naval Power and the Lasting Effects of the War — Glenn Gordinier

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4 – 5:30 pm
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road, Wilton, 203-762-7257

The last program in the A Star-Spangled Nation: The War of 1812 Series features Glenn Gordinier discussing Naval Power and Lasting Effects of the War. He will discuss the Battle of Long Island Sound during which, with the Royal Navy on Connecticut’s doorstep, Nutmeggers resorted to IEDs, kidnapping attempts, and attacks by privately armed vessels (largely for personal profit) as well as Old Ironsides and “Don’t Give Up the Ship.”

Glenn Gordinier is a historian, author of recently published The Rockets’ Red Glare: The War of 1812 and Connecticut, and a member of the faculty of the Williams College/Mystic Seaport Program in Maritime Studies.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.  This lecture is sponsored by Bill and Sally Gemmill.  The moderator is Max Gabrielson.

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