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Special Feature: The War of 1812

Well into the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Canada's History is highlighting the documentaries, publications, events and historical research being released over the coming year.

War of 1812 re-enactors in Fanshawe

 

From the Battle of Queenston Heights to the burning of Washington to the little-known role of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, this series of videos hosted by Tim Compeau brings to life the major events of the conflict.

 

In early 1813 the New Brunswick 104th Regiment of Foot marched more than 1100 kilometers from Fredricton to Kingston in Ontario. Executive Director of the St. John River Society tells us about the event and its historical context in this podcast.

 

Twenty takes on a war that shaped Canada.

 

From books to films and comics to games — a list of resources to help excite and inform your students about 1812.

 

James Laxer, author of Tecumseh and Brock, discusses events of the war and the unlikely alliance between these two "warriors."

 

A diligent reader offers another artist's interpretation of images for Tecumseh and Brock.

 

What makes the Canadian War Museum’s new exhibition 1812: One War, Four Perspectives so fascinating? It forgoes simplistic approaches for a deeper, although necessarily not exhaustive, exploration of four different points of view. By Nancy Payne, Editor, Kayak

 

History Television's documentary investigates a lesser known event from the conflict, and follows archaeologists and historians as they seek new answers. Listen to our podcast interview with writer, director, and producer Mick Grogan.

 

The War of 1812 in many ways shaped the future of the continent. Canada's History Editor in Chief Mark Reid toured the Niagara Peninsula to visit many of the key battlefields that helped decide the course of the conflict.

 

Read a selection of writing by Isaac Brock, military leader and administrator of Upper Canada during the War of 1812. He wrote mostly about politics, current affairs, and military life.

 

A guide to the seven different regions in Ontario that have been commemorating the War of 1812 with special events, projects, and activities.

 

War of 1812The History Experts

PBS's The War of 1812 interviewed twenty-six leading authorities on the war — American, British, Canadian and First Nations historians — presenting important accounts and research. Find more of their works and websites.

 

War of 1812Behind the Scenes

The PBS documentary The War of 1812 uses stunning re-enactments, evocative animation, and incisive commentary of key experts to reveal little-known sides of an important war. You can watch the trailer, listen to an interview with director Larry Hott, and flip through our photo gallery.

 

War of 1812 — Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London, Ontario, has been stagind re-enactments of the War of 1812. The next one will be held October 4, 2014. See photos from the Grand Tactical re-enactment held on October 1st, 2011. The event featured hundreds of reenactors bringing the excitement of the time period back to life.


Fenian Threat

A hundred and fifty years ago, Canadians were terrorized by the threat posed by Irish insurgents who were massing large armies across the border.

Remembering Beaumont-Hamel

July 1, 2016, marks the one-hundred-year anniversary of a devastating battle that remains seared in the collective memory of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.  

Pictures of Patriotism

Charles Pachter's edgy perspective brings art and Canadian history together in new and unusual ways.

Roots: Family (History) Counselling

Take an eclectic approach to learning. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to genealogy.

The Explorers' Garden

In the dead of a typical Canadian winter, a rose by any other name than Explorer would not be as hardy.

Blackfoot 'Bacco

Tobacco in Alberta? The nomadic Blackfoot people cultivated it in this unlikely place long before European contact. Curiously, the beaver played a role.

The Mystery of Mr. McIntosh's Apple

In the spring of 1811 John McIntosh was out in the woods of southeastern Ontario, clearing land where the village of Dundela would soon appear. Little did he know that he was about to take his place in history.

Fractious Farming at the Fur-trade Posts

Gardening was a common pursuit at the fur-trade posts from the very start, but that didn't mean it came easily.  

Lettuce & Labrador

The terrain is often forbidding and the climate harsh, but that hasn't discouraged some resourceful souls over the centuries from coaxing life out of Labrador's unyielding soil.

Saving Skid Row

The old buildings of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have a checkered past. Is their shady heritage worth saving?

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