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Cornwall Township Historical Society

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St. Andrew’s Church Hall, St. Andrews West - This building was used as a hospital during the War of 1812.
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St. Andrews West - May 9, 2012 - War of 1812 Arts n’ Artifact Show - Saturday June 16, 2012, 10am-4pm St Andrew’s Church Hall, St. Andrews West Ontario.

2012 marks the beginning of commemorative events to mark the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. While the war was fought between the American and British nations, many of the battles were fought in the waters and lands that now make up Canada.

On June 16, 2012 the Cornwall Township Historical Society, working collaboratively with the Lost Villages Historical Society and the Chesterville and District Historical Society, will be presenting a War of 1812 Arts n’ Artifact Show in the Church Hall of St Andrew’s Church located at the junction of Highway 138 and King’s Road (County Road 18) in St. Andrews West. Admission to this historic event is a good will donation to the Cornwall Township Historical Society and once inside one is sure to experience many aspects of this most important era in our local and national history.

Among the artifacts on display will be musket balls that were recovered from the St. Lawrence River near the Crysler Farm battlefield, a Brown Bess Rifle, a painting of Bishop Macdonell, various Crysler memorabilia and other historically important items. Also included will be works of art that depict this period of history, a local quilt that was a competitor in the War of 1812 Quilt Challenge sponsored by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in Sackets Harbour, New York State and a demonstration of the almost lost art of lace making.

On display will be art work entered in the Cornwall Township Historical Society’s “War of 1812 Art Challenge”, the Educational Trunk from the St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance and recreated uniforms for the young and young at heart to try on for size. Ron Doering, author of the newly released book on the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, “Defending our home”, will be on hand for readings from this most interesting story of this battle from the viewpoint of the people whose homes were the location of the battlefield.

Throughout the day there will be entertainment to enjoy. Carson Elliot will be on hand to do some War of 1812 story telling, Sine McKenna presenting some Gaelic singing, The Stang Family performing on the fiddle and perhaps a bit of Scottish Dancing to enjoy while perusing the art and artifacts.

So mark June 16th 2012 on your calendar, come out to St. Andrews West and discover a bit of our local War of 1812 history in the church hall that once served their community as a hospital after the Battle of Crysler’s Farm on November 11, 1813.

Should you require further information please feel free to contact a member of the Cornwall Township Historical Society or event coordinator, Carolyn Goddard at 613 938 2455 or carol.goddard@sympatico.ca.


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