Lecture: “Who Won the War of 1812?”

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Date(s) – 06/08/2013
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Manchester Millyard Museum

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New Hampshire author and historian J. Dennis Robinson will deliver “Who Won the War of 1812?,” a upbeat and often irreverent lecture on New Hampshire’s role in that war, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 8, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St.

The event, which is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is free and open to the public.

About the lecture

When was the War of 1812? That’s a trick question, but if you don’t recall America’s “Forgotten War” with England, you are not alone. Two hundred years ago, with only 17 armed ships, a youthful United States declared war on the world’s largest navy (over 1,000 warships). Then we invaded Canada. That didn’t go well. In retaliation the British burned Washington, DC to the ground. So how come we think we won? J. Dennis Robinson offers an upbeat, often irreverent, slideshow on New Hampshire’s reluctant role in “Mr. Madison’s War” with special emphasis on the bold privateers who swarmed out of the state’s only seaport. Robinson is the author of over 1,000 articles on New Hampshire history and culture. He has received honors from the American Association of State and Local Libraries for his books on Strawbery Banke and the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel.