Online communities are all about networking. It might not always seem obvious what one should do first after joining. That's why we're asking all of our members to introduce themselves to the community, to help everyone start communicating.
Please share a little bit about yourself and what interests you about the War of 1812.
Welcome, Mardi! Hopefully we'll be able to entice you over to the dark side, our forum space on Period Clothing! Maybe even a documentary on making the perfect dandy jacket? We have test material...
I am very vocal as many may have seen! My love is archaeology which I started when I was 14. at about the same time I was correcting some of my grandad's research on the family history, and I am still going xx years after. I have worked most on the archaeological impact of housing on societies for over 20 years and directed Canadian US and UK excavations. then worked ten years for UNESCO including on World Heritage. I introduced the 2009 new global standard for mnioring cultural activities. My favourite countries for heritage issues are Bhutan and Mongolia - go see!
Hi! I work at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston as the Special Events & Education co-ordinator. I've got a lot of experience in planning different kinds of events and festivals, and used to teach Marketing, entrepreneurship and job search at St. Lawrence College. I've scheduled at least a dozen events for next year and the Marine Museum beginning with an 1812 fashion show in January. I'm very excited about the events that will occur next year, and very willing to network and partner with other organizations and interested people.
I have a degree in music and drama and played with traditional music with a folk bandfor many years. We performed at Medieval and renaissance festivals, 1841 and 1865 events but as a reenactor, I prefer this era. My character is a camp follower and sutler. Six of us have a group called 1812 Alive! where we will go to schools and community events and set up an education day. We cover characters and lives of a soldier, a sailor, a merchant, a storyteller, a sutler and a woman (who does manners, superstitions and remedies). We have a sutlery with us and sell some interesting things from artisans and crafts people. And we sing a few period appropriate songs. Check out www.1812alive.com
I'm Chair of the 2012 Conference of the Ontario Genealogical Society, to be held in Kingston on 1-3 June 2012. Our title is "Borders & Bridges: 1812-2012". We're not focusing solely on the War of 1812, but it did give rise to our theme, and one stream of our concurrent sessions deal with the War -- we even have a speaker talking about a soldier who fought on the American side, which leads to a discussion of all the pension records available for anyone with US ancestors who fought in the war. We hope we'll educate a few genealogists about the War and the records available, and get some people to do more research on their ancestors who fought in the War of 1812.
Personally, when I get time after the Conference, I plan to see if a family story that "all the sons fought in the War of 1812" is true -- my 3-greats-grandfather was born 1801 so somehow I doubt he actually fought in the War.
My husband and I have always been keen interested in history and more paricularily Canadian history. Our professional lives led us to the pursuit of science but as often as we were able we caqme back to all things historical. This eventually led us into the reenactment community in the early 1990s- specifically the 1860 time period ( we were living in Charlottetown, PEI at the time where all things mid-Victorian are celebrated).
We came to this time peroid through dancing and a transfer to Halifax. For the past twelve years my husband and I have been active members of the Playford Dancers, located here in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Over the course of that time we have performed demos all over the province, including at the Grand Encampments at Fortress Louisburg. In more recent years we have been travelling to Ontario (in the summer time) to participate in various encampments and to demo dancing with Nigel Kirby. To say that we are keen dancers would be an understatement.
If anyone is travelling this way and wishes to know anything about either Victorian or Regency activities in the Maritime region, I will be more than happy to answer any questions... or find the information
Hello. I am the author of "Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812".
For my Bi-Centennial project I have created a Strategy Board Game called "Mr. Madison's War". It will be published by GMT of California. Hopefully it will be out in 2012 but if not, well, the Bi-Centennial is three years right?
My interests are the the American Revolution, The War of 1812, the American Civil War, Napoleonics and Ancient history. I collect historical films, books, and strategy games.
The attachment is a photo of the prototype board.
I have been involved with heritage interpretation and museum education at Ontario museums and living history sites for close to twenty years. Some of my most memorable and gratifying moments occurred when children (and adults) got caught up in 'experiencing' history through direct engagement, and reenactment - magical experiences!
There are gripping, dramatic, hilarious stories to tell about Eastern Ontario's War of 1812 experience. It's great to have the opportunity to participate in this journey. Kudos to Jan Bonhomme, Alicia Wanless and all of the Alliance Members!
Thanks, Ann, right back at you! :)
I spent this summer as a Royal Navy Tar aboard the schooner La Revenante. The oportunity to meet the public and talk about the history of this great country was certainly an experience I will never forget.
The schooner La Revenante is a 30-ton replica of an 18th Century New England “pinky” schooner. Her purpose is to serve as an historical display and voyaging vessel in support of historical pageantry, re-enactments, community commemorations of aspects of North American colonial marine history.