Over the next three years, the London Heritage Council will work in partnership to help promote and coordinate a series of War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration activities in London, including:
- A speaker's panel, book launch and movie screening on the impact of Tecumseh, undertaken by the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
- Two museum exhibitions produced by Museum London and Eldon House, which will educate visitors about regional experiences in the war
- Two annual youth educational days at Fanshawe Pioneer Village with an 1812 focus, as well as the creation and presentation of an original play on the MacArthur's Raids that swept through the area
- An original play on the War of 1812 created and presented by Karma Productions
- 24 articles to be published on War of 1812 subjects
These projects were selected by the Department of Canadian Heritage to receive funding through the federal government’s 1812 Commemoration Fund
War of 1812 Kid's Guide
Youngsters can download this PDF to have some fun with War of 1812 facts! 1812KidsGuide.pdf
War of 1812 Article Series
During the the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration, writers for the London Heritage Council will publish brief outlines of some well-known events and heroes during the war, highlight some events or controversies not all Londoners may be familiar with, and encourage an increased interest in London’s local history.
For example, many people have probably heard of popular local War of 1812 topics like the Battle of the Thames and Tecumseh but may not be aware of the signifigance of Commissioners Road or the Brick Street Cemetery. Topics such as these, and more, will be covered in the article series.
Articles will be added here as they are published:
Background History of the War of 1812
FitzGibbon & The Bloody Boys
Divided Loyalties & the Question of Allegiance
Treaty of Ghent
Route 1812 App
The Route 1812 Mobile Application (Route 1812 App) adds an interactive layer to the Bicentennial and heritage tourism experience in Southern Ontario. It is free to download at www.1812.myweeverapp.com
to any BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphone.
The London Heritage Council is part of the Western Corridor Alliance
, a group that jointly coordinates Pathways to Peace activities for the War of 1812 bicentennial in the central region of southwestern Ontario. The corridor links communities, including the First Nations, from the western tip of Lake Ontario in Burlington running south-west, along the north side of the Lake Erie coastline, ending at Middlesex County. The region is split by the Grand River as it travels south to Lake Erie. Of course, the London Heritage Council covers London area activities, as listed above.
The mandate of WCA partners is to ensure broad connectivity to commemorate initiatives that foster the legacy left by the people, history and communities and that align with the provincial commemorative priorities.