The War of 1812 has been referred to as America's "forgotten war," but it was, in fact, the pivotal event in establishing the young United States as an independent nation, resulting in a new sense of confidence, pride, and patriotism. In commemoration of the bicentennial of the war, the Library will present a traveling poster exhibit in the Lower Level Lobby. Curated by the U.S. Navy Museum, the exhibit highlights the prominent role of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in bringing Great Britain to the negotiating table and forcing European recognition of a truly independent United States. Please note: due to transportation difficulties, this exhibit will not be on display until Friday, November 9.
Wednesday, November 7, 7:00pm
Musical Manners presents….The War of 1812
Costumed in period attire and accompanying themselves on piano, guitar, and banjo, actor/baritone Frank Hendricks and pianist/singer Linda Pratt will present an intriguing and highly entertaining concert program exploring the often-overlooked history of the War of 1812 through its music. The performance will feature songs celebrating notable sea victories over the British, the naval heroes of Lake Erie and Lake Champlain, the Patriotic Diggers of Philadelphia, Andrew Jackson’s triumph at New Orleans, a waltz and minuet written especially for Dolly Madison, and, of course, the creation of our national anthem following the British attack on Fort McHenry. Light refreshments will be served.
Register here or call 631-588-5024.
Monday, November 12, 7:00pm
From Battleground to Empire State: New York and the Legacy of the War of 1812
The War of 1812 was followed by a remarkable period of economic, political, social, and technological transformation, much of which was spearheaded in New York State. This lecture by Alfred Ronzoni, member of the board of trustees and a regular lecturer at the Greater Astoria Historical Society, will explore the legacy of the War of 1812 in the creation of New York as the "Empire State."
This program is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.
Register here or call 631-588-5024..
All are welcome at these free events.