AUBURN UNIVERSITY – To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Creek War of 1813-14, a symposium will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
“Toward a Larger Stage: The War of 1812, the Creek War and the Idea of America,” is the theme of a series of three symposia that will focus on pivotal events that took place 200 years ago in Alabama and beyond.
The Aug. 25 symposium will focus on the significant events of 1812, the first year of the larger War of 1812 and an important precursor to the conflict building between Creek nationalists, the Red Stick faction and Anglo-American settlers that culminated in the Creek War and the ultimate Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March 1814.
The program will place these events in a local, national and international context, as well as the cultural context of Indians, Americans, British and Canadians. Presentations will be made on such topics as Europe and the Napoleonic Wars; the U.S. Navy in 1812; the Canadian perspective on the War of 1812; the prelude to Horseshoe Bend; and events surrounding the murder of Thomas Meredith.
This 1812 bicentennial symposium is a daylong event that begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and ends with a question and answer period from 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited and refreshments will be provided during a break, but no lunch will be provided.
The event is co-sponsored by Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Friends of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Inc., the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the Auburn University Libraries.
For more information, go to the Center for the Arts and Humanities website at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cah/ or call (334) 844-4903. A schedule is available online at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cah/Warof1812.cfm.
(Written by Maiben Beard.)